In 1382, William of Wykeham, Chancellor of England and Bishop of Winchester, founded Winchester College as a nursery for his other establishment at New College, Oxford. The original foundation included 70 scholars and 16 boys called Quiristers whose duty was to sing in the Chapel. There are still 16 Quiristers today, upholding an unbroken tradition of over 600 years. They have been educated at The Pilgrims' School since 1966.

The Quiristers are led by Howard Ionascu, former Director of the Junior Royal Academy of Music. They are joined by senior College boys and members of staff to follow a routine of daily practices and choral services in the College Chapel, during term time.

The Chapel Choir is widely renowned for its excellence, and is often invited to take part in recitals, recordings, broadcasts and tours, in the UK and abroad. The Quiristers themselves are also very well known as a boys concert choir. They perform a wide repertoire of secular music, usually from memory. This gives their work an enviable variety and marks the Quiristers out from other groups of choristers.

More information about the Quiristers including when and where to hear them sing can be found on the Winchester College website: