Music at the 1610

14th September 2020

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Early music from the 16th Century fills Wadham Hall during this 1610 Society Evening of Music and Conversation.


Play Singers in Wadham Hall

In an event thanking generous members of the College’s 1610 Society, Director of Development Julie Hage commented to the Zoom audience of more than 100 Society members and alumni: “Your commitment to Wadham’s future is vital to us. Filling the hall with music evocative of the College’s founding period is our way of expressing the gratitude you deserve.”  

The online concert was organised in lieu of the annual 1610 Society dinner where the College thanks alumni and friends who are leaving a bequest to the College.

“It’s great to be here” said Colin Drummond (Classics, 1969), President of the 1610 Society who outlined the importance of charitable donations to the College. “I think when we were students we assumed the college had lots of money but in fact the College’s operating model is quite fragile,” he said. Government funding doesn’t cover research, tutorial fellowship or outreach programme which means so much to us he added.

“Things are particularly fragile now for everyone worldwide and indeed for the academic sector so the support from my friends in the 1610 Society is infinitely valuable. We’re keeping a fragile institution and its values moving forward.”

Warden, Ken Macdonald QC spoke of the College decision to admit all offer holders after the A Level fiasco earlier this year and added his thanks to the alumni whose gifts mean the College is in a position to support them and other students as well as the ongoing Access and Outreach programme.

Director of Chapel Music Dr Katie Pardee introduced Stile Antico as “A jewel in the crown of English choral ensembles.”

Despite the best efforts of Zoom to spoil the sound quality for our virtual audience, our recording (above) captures the true magnificence of this performance in the glorious surroundings of the Wadham Dining Hall.

You can read more about the 1610 Society here and you are also welcome to contact Julie Hage, Development Director, or Marco Zhang, Deputy Development Director, for further information: /

Stile Antico Musical Programme

John Sheppard (1515-1558) Our Father which art in heaven
John Taverner (1490-1545) Christe Jesu pastor bone
Richard Dering (1580-1630) Factum est silentium

Second set:

Leonora D’Este (1515-1575) Sicut lilium inter spinas
Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623) As Vesta was from Latmos Hill descending
John Farmer (1570-1601) Fair nymphs I heard one telling
William Byrd (1539-1623) Ave Maria gratia plena
Rafaella Aleotti (1570-1646) Angelus ad pastores ait


  • Stile Antico members

    Stile Antico members

  • 1610 Society President, Colin Drummond

    1610 Society President, Colin Drummond