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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by candlelight

  • St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ UK (map)

A feast of music for choir and organ, featuring the choral and organ scholars from New College, Oxford, and their favourite British and European Music. Tonight's programme will include JS Bach's sublime Jesu. joy of man's desiring alongside motets by Byrd and Schütz and exciting new music by young British composers. 

  • Finzi God is gone up
  • Byrd Vigilate; Ave verum corpus; O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
  • JS Bach Toccata in F (organ solo); Jesu, joy of man's desiring
  • Ruth Byrchmore A Birthday
  • Matthew Martin Ut unum sint
  • Toby Young O God, make the door of this house
  • Guerrero Ave Virgo sanctissima
  • Clemens non Papa Ego flos campi
  • Messiaen Dieu parmi nous (from La Nativité de Seigneur, organ solo)
  • Hadley My beloved spake
  • Harris Faire is the Heaven
  • Stanford Te Deum in C

New College Choir, Oxford
Organ - Timothy Wakerall
Conductor - Robert Quinney

Tickets £30 (premium) £26 £22 £18 £13 £9 available from the St Martin's box office - call 020 7766 1100 or click here to book online.

NB a reduced price combined ticket for this evening's two concerts is available - please call the St Martin's box office (25% discount).

The premium seats at St Martin's are front, central, and include a cushion.


The Choir of New College, Oxford is one of the most celebrated and acclaimed choral groups of the UK. When William of Wykeham founded his ‘New’ College in 1379, a choral foundation was at its heart, and daily chapel services have been a central part of college life ever since. The Choir comprises sixteen boy choristers and fourteen adult clerks; the latter a mixture of professional singers and undergraduate members of the College. The pattern set by New College Choir in the 1380s was later adopted by other foundations, and may be seen as the prototype for all choirs of its kind. 
Beyond Oxford, New College Choir is often to be heard in concert around the world, and on broadcasts and recordings. A wide range of music is represented in its discography; it was the first choral foundation to establish its own recording label, Novum, and has also recorded for CRD, Decca, Erato and Hyperion. The latest recording, John Blow: Symphony Anthems, was released in summer 2016 to acclaim on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review and is an Editor’s Choice for the September issue of Gramophone. Choral services are webcast regularly, reaching a global audience, and the choir can by heard 'at home' every evening except Wednesday during University term.


Earlier Event: March 23
Music of Our Time
Later Event: March 24
Allegri Miserere by candlelight