Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

The Choir of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle exists to sing services in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The Quire of St George's Chapel, by Charles Wild, from W.H. Pyne's Royal Residences, 1818.

It has been in existence since 1348 and, with the exception of the Commonwealth period (1649–1660), has sung services in the Chapel continuously ever since.

The choir todayEdit

The choir comprises up to 23 choristers (the youngest of whom are probationers or training choristers) and 12 professional Lay Clerks, who sing alto, tenor and bass.. The Choir sings at Evensong each day (except Wednesdays) and at Mattins and Eucharist on Sunday mornings during the three terms of the College year. The choristers are educated at St George's School, Windsor Castle which is situated in the Castle grounds. The Lay Clerks live in the Horseshoe Cloister and on Denton's Commons.

The choir sings regularly in the presence of the King and other members of the Royal Family.

Concerts are also given from time to time, some collaborating with ensembles such as the London Concert Orchestra, the London Handel Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players. The choir also broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4.

The choir is directed by the Director of Music and accompanied the Assistant Director of Music, plus an organ scholar who is selected by audition on an annual basis.

In January 2022 it was announced that the choir would admit girl choristers from the following year, forming a mixed treble line.[1]

List of Organists and Masters of Choristers (known as 'Director of Music' from 2004)Edit

Sub organistsEdit

Assistant OrganistsEdit

Assistant Directors of MusicEdit

Organ ScholarsEdit

  • Peter J Williams 1965–1966[4]
  • John Porter 1965–1967 (later Assistant Organist here)
  • John Taylor 1965–1967 (then Assistant Organist of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh)
  • Terence Atkins 1967–1969 (now Organist and Choirmaster at St John the Baptist Parish Church, Chipping Barnet)
  • Jason Smart 1969–1972
  • Francis Grier 1972–1973 (afterwards Organ Scholar of King's College, Cambridge; later Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christ Church, Oxford)
  • Colin Walsh 1973–1974 (afterwards Organ Scholar of Christ Church, Oxford; later Assistant Organist Salisbury Cathedral, Organist St Albans Cathedral, now Organist Laureate Lincoln Cathedral)
  • Christopher Brayne 1974–1975 (later Organist and Master of the Choristers of Bristol Cathedral; now Director of Music at Christ Church, Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • Thomas Trotter 1975–1976 (afterwards Organ Scholar of King's College, Cambridge, later Organist of St Margaret's Church, Westminster and Birmingham City Organist)
  • Adrian Partington 1977–1978 (afterwards Organ Scholar of King's College, Cambridge; currently Director of Music Gloucester Cathedral)
  • Harry Bicket 1978–1980 (Director, The English Concert)
  • Wayne Marshall 1980–1983
  • Iain Simcock 1983–1984
  • Neil Kelly 1984–1986
  • Andrew Nethsingha 1986–1987 (afterwards Organ Scholar of St John's College, Cambridge; currently Director of Music at St John's College, Cambridge)
  • Roger Muttitt 1987–1988 (currently Director of Music at Durham School)
  • Philip Scriven 1988–1990 (afterwards Organ Scholar of St John's College, Cambridge; then Sub-Organist of Winchester Cathedral; later Organist and Master of the Choristers at Lichfield Cathedral)
  • Mark Wardell 1990–1991 (later Assistant Organist of Chichester Cathedral)
  • Jonathan Lilley 1991–1992 (later Sub-Organist at Leeds Parish Church; then Assistant Organist at Ely Cathedral; currently Organist of Waltham Abbey Church)
  • Christopher Allsop 1992–1993 (afterwards Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge; Assistant Organist at St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham; Assistant Organist and Assistant Director of Music, Worcester Cathedral; currently Assistant Director of Music, The King's School, Worcester)
  • Matthew Raisbeck 1993–1994
  • Greg Morris 1994–1995 (currently Associate Organist Temple Church, London)
  • Iain Farrington 1995–1996 (then Organ Scholar of St John's College, Cambridge)
  • Myles Hartley 1996–1997
  • Teilhard Scott 1997–1999
  • Jonathan Vaughn 1999–2000 (afterwards Organ Scholar of St John's College, Cambridge; then Assistant Organist of Wells Cathedral)
  • Robert Kwan 2000–2001 (Assistant to the Organist-Choirmaster, Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Westport, CT; currently Director of Music, Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport, CT, USA)
  • Francesca Massey 2001–2002 (Acting Assistant Organist September–December 2001; afterwards Organ Scholar of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; then Sub-Organist of Durham Cathedral; currently Organist and Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral)
  • Tom Winpenny 2002–2003 (Acting Assistant Organist; then Organ Scholar of King's College, Cambridge; then Sub-Organist, St Paul's Cathedral; currently Assistant Master of the Music, St Alban's Cathedral)
  • Henry Parkes 2003–2004 (Acting Assistant Organist September–December 2003; then Organ Scholar of Christ Church, Oxford; later Associate Director of Music All Saints, Margaret Street, London)
  • Ben Giddens 2004–2005 (afterwards Organ Scholar Norwich Cathedral; subsequently Acting Assistant Organist at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle; later Assistant Organist Magdalen College, Oxford)
  • Peter Stevens 2005–2006 (afterwards Organ Scholar of King's College, Cambridge; currently Assistant Master of Music, Westminster Cathedral)
  • John Challenger 2006–2008 (afterwards Organ Scholar of St John's College, Cambridge; currently Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral)
  • Laurence Williams 2008–2009 (afterwards Choral Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge)
  • Alexander Binns 2009–2010 (afterwards studied organ at the Royal Academy of Music, London whilst Organ Scholar at Marylebone Parish Church, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and Southwark Cathedral, currently Director of Music at Derby Cathedral)
  • Ben Bloor 2010–2011 (afterwards Organ Scholar of New College, Oxford; later Organ Scholar of Westminster Cathedral; currently Organist of the London Oratory, Brompton)
  • Adam Mathias 2011–2012 (afterwards Organ Scholar of Emmanuel College, Cambridge)
  • Joseph Beech 2012–2013 (afterwards studied organ at the Royal Academy of Music, London, whilst Organ scholar of Brompton Oratory and then St Paul's Cathedral; Assistant Master of the Music, St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh; currently Sub-Organist, Durham Cathedral)
  • Glen Dempsey 2013–2014 (afterwards Organ Scholar of St John's College, Cambridge; currently Assistant Director of Music, Ely Cathedral)
  • Alexander Hamilton 2014–2015 (afterwards Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge then Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey; currently Assistant Director of Music of Wells Cathedral)
  • Asher Oliver 2015–2016 (afterwards Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge; then Organ Scholar of St Paul's Cathedral)
  • Benjamin Newlove 2016–2017 (King's College, University of London; previously Organ Scholar of St Michael's Church, Cornhill and currently at St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge)
  • Jason Richards 2017–2018 (afterwards Organ Scholar of Jesus College, Cambridge)
  • Lucy Morrell 2018–2019 (then Organ Scholar of St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick)
  • Emily India Evans 2019-2020 (currently Organ Scholar of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge)
  • Alexander Trigg 2020-2021 (afterwards Organ Scholar of St John's College, Cambridge)
  • Alex Robson 2021-2022 (currently Organ Scholar of St John's College, Cambridge)
  • Miriam Reveley 2022-present (Organ Scholar elect of Jesus College, Cambridge)

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Choir of St George's Chapel". College of St George. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  2. ^ Organists and Masters of the Choristers of St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Historical monographs relating to St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Volume 3. Edmund Fellowes (1939)
  3. ^ Who's who in Music. Fourth Edition. 1962. p.205
  4. ^ An entry for Graham Elliott which formerly appeared here has been removed in the light of the following statement which was inserted by Peter J Williams: "Graham Elliott was NOT an Organ Scholar but a private pupil of Dr Sidney Campbell. I went in 1964 as a private PA to Dr. Campbell and then became the first Organ Scholar, along with John Porter who stayed on when I went to be Assistant Organist at York Minster 1966. Many of these dates are wrong!"

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