CORO to partner with Magdalen College, Oxford

Theo Elwell
Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Record label of The Sixteen announces new partnership with The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford
The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

Hugh Warwick

CORO, the record label founded by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen has announced a partnership with The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford. It will begin with the release of new album, Peace I Leave with You. Showcasing composers Joanna Marsh and John Sheppard, a previous director of the choir, the album will also feature works by Hubert Parry and John Tavener. In addition to the album, CORO will also make the first recording of Magdalen College Chapel’s new organ, in a new album of popular hymns out in 2025.

The Choir of Magdalen College, founded in 1480 also makes appearances outside of its chapel in engagements which include the scores for BBC’s Blue Planet and on Paul McCartney’s album Ecce Con Meum. In a further link with the music of The Beatles previous album The Sweet and Merry Month: Music for May Morning featured an arrangement of the song I’ll Follow the Sun. In addition to their recordings, they have performed extensively around the world, with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, as well as performing at several of the BBC Proms. They are previous winners of a Gramophone Award.

CORO, which was set up in 2001 to release recordings by The Sixteen has since launched CORO Connections which presents some of the finest new artists of the early music world to audiences worldwide, including The Hilliard Ensemble, Elin Manahan Thomas and Sarah Connolly.

Harry Christophers, Founder and Conductor of The Sixteen, said of the new partnership, ‘I regard them very much as part of our extended family having spent my student years at Magdalen soaking up its unrivalled history and having had the good fortune to be a member of this illustrious choir’.

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