Spem in Alium with The Cardinall’s Musick

On the 20th November, to a packed Cathedral, members of St. Peter’s College Choir joined The Cardinall’s Musick, and Christ Church Cathedral Choir in two performances of Thomas Tallis’ Spem in alium. Spem in alium is a remarkable motet, scored for 40 voices. During the concert, the Choirs sang the musical text twice: once to the ‘original’ Latin text, and once to an English text, applied to the music around 1610, for the installation of Henry Frederick, as Prince of Wales.

Hear Spem in alium, as recorded by Jeremy Summerly, and the Oxford Camerata:

Liverpool 2015 : June 25th – June 28th

The Choir’s residency at Liverpool Cathedral provides a fitting end to the work of Dr. Roger Allen as a Church Musician. Dr. Allen will conduct the combined choirs of St Peter’s and Liverpool Cathedral in the building in which his career as a Church musician began forty-four years ago.

The Choir will sing Choral Evensong on Thursday and Sunday evening, a commemoration service on Saturday, and a Choral Eucharist on Sunday.

Liverpool Cathedral 2014

Bishop Libby Lane

On the 4th June, Bishop Libby Lane received an Honorary Fellowship from her old college during a service of Choral Evensong. The usual service format incorporated an entertaining interview lasting twenty five minutes. Bishop Libby’s appointment is a great event in the history of the College, the Church of England and Christianity; it is an honour for the Choir to have partaken in marking it.


Worcester College and St Peter’s College

For many years it has been customary for the Choir of St Peter’s College and that of Worcester College to sing a joint service of Evensong, once a term. Established by Dr. Roger Allen and Tom Allery, the fraternity celebrated its thirtieth service on the 21st May, 2015. It was Roger’s final service with Worcester College:

Roger Allen rehearses the joint Choirs of St Peter's College and Worcester College for the final time.

Roger Allen rehearses the joint Choirs of St Peter’s College and Worcester College for the final time.

Ascension Day, 2015

Ascension Day, 2015

As tradition dictates, members of the Choir ascended the Chapel Tower to sing Matins for the Feast of the Ascension of Christ. The group sang against wind, rain, a barricade of cobwebs and a sudden cull of sopranos to the many members of college assembled in the quads below. Their mountaineering complete, the group then retired for Breakfast with the C.U. in the Chaplain’s room, which included a cloud-inspired Ascension cake…

Ascension Day, 2015 Ascension Day, 2015 Ascension Day, 2015Ascension Cake




Sue Young and ‘Between Worlds’

Congratulations to Susan Young, the Choir’s singing teacher, for her extremely moving performance in the world premiere of Tansy Davies’ new opera Between Worlds. Between Worlds was commissioned by the Barbican Centre and English National Opera; it premiered in April 2015 at the Barbican Centre, London. The opera concentrates on the experiences of the victims and families of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre. The impact of the performance was reflected nightly in the captivated silence of the audience following the final blackout.

Sue has worked with the College Choir for many years to great effect. We look forward to her future solo roles.


Hilary Term 2015

Hilary Term 2015 closed with a much-anticipated performance of the St Matthew Passion of J.S. Bach. It followed another extremely busy term in which Jeremy Summerly was appointed Roger Allen’s successor as Director of Music, and a joint Evensong with Alleyn’s School amongst the usual termly busy-ness.

The St Matthew Passion performance was a superlative occasion, marking Roger Allen’s final time conducting the piece in this way. Read Mark Damazer’s (The Master of St Peter’s College) blog on the performance: bach-and-st-peters

Dr. Roger Allen St Matthew Passion 2013   Publicity

Jeremy Summerly Appointed as Director of Music

St Peter’s College is delighted to Publicityannounce the appointment of Jeremy Summerly as Director of Music. As the successor to Dr Roger Allen, Jeremy will be building on the College’s strong choral tradition from the beginning of the next academic year (2015-16).

Jeremy is an outstanding choral director and experienced musician with an extensive discography of over 40 recordings. He founded the Oxford Camerata in 1984, and has combined a career in producing with the directorship of ensembles including Schola Cantorum of Oxford.

Jeremy studied at New College, Oxford and undertook postgraduate research at King’s College, London. He will be combining his post at St Peter’s with his current lectureship in Musicology at the Royal Academy of Music. Click here for more details of Jeremy’s career.

We look forward with great anticipation to welcoming Jeremy to the college and observing his work both with the choir and with music throughout the College.