Julian Smith Music Fund
We are delighted to launch the Julian Smith Music Fund, giving everyone the opportunity to support music in Julian's memory.

The Julian Smith Music Fund will be used to celebrate singing and music at the school. Julian's musical legacy extended to all aspects of singing: choirs (he conducted Michla Choir for 13 years), solo singing and close harmony groups. All these continue to flourish, and this Fund would be used to enhance further the College's musical provision, provide funds for Cantores Episcopi and other ensembles and enable boys to meet their musical aspirations.

For example, the fund might support:

  • A Yamaha C7 grand piano for the newly refurbished Michla (£70,000)
  • The Chapel Choir Tour to the USA (£10,000)
  • A Project to update and replace sheet music (£5,000)
  • Master classes and visiting performers (£5,000)
  • Professional musicians for the Glee Club Concert in New Hall (£5,000)

How to support the Fund
Our target is to raise £150,000 and we have already received two donations totalling £35,000. The easiest way to give tax-efficiently is online using the form below. You may prefer to set up a small monthly gift rather than a one-off donation. Collectively you can make a difference in Julian's name. 

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Julian Smith (CoRo, 1953-92)

Outlasting six Headmasters, Julian Smith was a singer who directed Chapel Choir and Chantry Choir, founded Michla Choir, the Kingsgate Singers and Madrigal Society, and he taught many successful Oxbridge Choral Scholars as well as the Quiristers. He was a musician, a linguist and a sportsman, influencing the lives of many at Win Coll. 

Julian's Winchester career spanned nearly 60 years. Appointed in 1953 as the junior Music don, to run Chantry Choir, take Congregational Practice in Chapel, and amongst many other activities to train the Quiristers once a week, he was the only solo Singing teacher in the school until the mid-1980s. He worked full-time, also teaching German and coaching cricket, until 1992 when he retired for the first time. He was then promptly asked to continue as a visiting Singing teacher which he did for a further 20 years, finally retiring in 2012.

Song School - A Lasting Legacy

During his 59 years at Win Coll, Julian has shaped many boys' lives. He made singing vibrant and fun for generations of Wykehamists. It is only right that his legacy should live on in the heart of the school. The Song School will open later this year. Funded by donations from Julian's family, close friends and The Friends of Winchester College, a repurposed First Chamber will provide a dedicated space for Chapel Choir. 

Below is a film that explains a little more about Song School. 

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