Review: Evensong at Keble College

Category: Music

There is much lively debate concerning the architectural design of Keble College, Oxford. 

To some, it is a red brick monstrosity, to others hallowed turf full of precious memories.  What is beyond conjecture, however, is the chapel: Butterfield’s 1876 splendid design provides an opulent environment and acoustic in which the Chapel Choir, who sang music by Howells and Noble, certainly flourished. The tone was rich and lyrical and once again, Choirmaster Hodgkinson was fastidious in details of diction and timing, ensuring a polished and consummately musical performance. A further highlight of the chapel, perhaps missed by some, is Holman Hunt’s 1853 masterpiece, The Light of the World, which adorns a side chapel offering yet another inspirational twist to the building. 

Keble College is special, very special, and the choir clearly sensed that moment.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director


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