In 1441, Henry VI founded Eton College in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the same time, he founded its sister college, King’s College in Cambridge, and gave each its chapel in magnificent Perpendicular style. The foundation of Eton College provided ten men and sixteen boys to sing the services and with very few breaks, the choir has been singing in the chapel from then until the present day.
The Eton College Chapel Choir today is formed from boys in the school, with the occasional master, about half of whom have been choristers at cathedrals or chapels before they come to Eton for their secondary education. The choral tradition is maintained by regular school services throughout term-time. Music Scholarships are offered annually to enable talented boys to continue their education at Eton. The choir and boy organists’ ten recordings range from the 15th century Eton Choirbook to jazz standards in close harmony.