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The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, was founded in 1480. Magdalen College was then one of the oldest and largest choral foundations in late medieval England.



Ward: Fantasies & Verse Anthems
Ward: Fantasies & Verse Anthems
Phantasm offers a privileged glimpse of a special moment in English music history. 

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The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford 

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, was founded in 1480. Magdalen College was then one of the oldest and largest choral foundations in late medieval England. That historic legacy has been preserved and maintained over five centuries. The Choir exists primarily to sing the daily church services in Magdalen College Chapel. They also sing at a number of special occasions throughout the year, including the famous May Day celebrations, an ancient tradition dating back to 1509.

In recent years Magdalen College Choir has toured Japan, USA, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany and France; concert appearances have included the BBC Proms and Cadogan Hall. Recent orchestral performances have included collaborations with Phantasm, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Britten Sinfonia and the Academy of Ancient Music; the Choir also features on a number of recent film soundtracks. The earliest recordings of the Choir date from the 1960s, under the legendary directorship of Dr. Bernard Rose. More recently, a series of discs on the Harmonia Mundi label saw a nomination in 2004 for a Gramophone Award.

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