The Choir sang Choral Evensong for the final time in 2011 at All Saints Church, Fulham on Sunday 4th December. The responses sung were those composed by Bernard Rose, OBE (1916-1996).
Rose began his musical career as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral becoming assistant organist there at the age of 15. Like many of the 20th century English composers, he studied at the Royal College of Music. He was an organ scholar at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge before settling at Oxford firstly at Queen’s College then Magdalen College where he was Informator Choristarum (organist and master of the choristers) for over 20 years.
It seems to be a tribute to him that so many choral groups – the Clerkes of Oxenforde, the Sixteen, the Tallis Scholars – were founded by singers who studied under him at Magdalen College. He became Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1980 New Year Honours list for his services to music.