The Choir

The Choir of Newman College was established at the beginning of 2002, under the direction of Dr Gary Ekkel, to serve as the chapel and concert choir of Newman College. The Choir consists of eighteen voices, comprising five sopranos, four altos/counter-tenors, four tenors and five basses, together with the College Organist, David Macfarlane.
 
Each position in the Choir attracts a scholarship as an acknowledgement of the required commitment and standard expected of each chorister.
 
The Choir participates in a Choral Eucharist at 7:00pm on each Sunday during the Academic Term and in a Compline service once per month on a Thursday night.  The Choir sings extensively in a number of services during Holy Week and in the Newman College Carol Service, held on the first Sunday of December.
 
The Choir’s Concert Series comprises three concerts per year held in the magnificent acoustics of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and the College Dining Hall.  Highlights of past concert series have included Christmas at Versailles, a dinner-concert in collaboration with Maggie Beer, a reconstruction of J.S. Bach’s lost St Mark Passion, three productions of Medieval plays, a performance of Tallis’s forty-voice Spem in alium, and a number of projects in combination with exponents of Early Music and World Music.
 
For details of the 2017 Choir of Newman College Concert Series, please click here.
 
Behind Closed Doors, the Choir of Newman College’s first commercial CD recording, features music written and sung under the increasing threat of persecution in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.  The Choir is accompanied by the Australian viol ensemble, Consort Eclectus, and the College Organist, David Macfarlane.
 
Behind Closed Doors - Newman College Choir CD