Magdalen Bridge, May Morning 2021 (photo Tim Healey). Huddles of students appeared around 6am but the bridge was clear an hour later.
LOCKDOWN! With restrictions on public gatherings, Oxford's traditional May Morning celebrations did not take place in 2020 or 2021. However, various
virtual May Mornings were held online in 2020 including a singing by the Magdalen College Choir. For 2021, Oxford City Council reported:
Following last year’s success of the online event, which has been viewed over 66,000
times on Youtube, the City Council and Magdalen College are encouraging people to get involved using #MayMorning.
#MayMorning will begin online just before 6am and will
be opened by the Choir of Magdalen College welcoming in spring with Hymnus Eucharisticus and some traditional madrigals for May Morning. This will be in an exciting new format to last year.
The Choir’s May Morning pre-recorded performance will begin just before 6am on air on their Facebook page with an introduction by the President of Magdalen.