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Greetings from the Chapter House Choir


We had a superb weekend in early November singing in Hexham Abbey under the moon! We thank everyone for their warm welcome.

Tickets for Carols by Candlelight on Saturday 16th December - in York Minster nave - are on sale and can be purchased from the York Minster website here. The central nave tickets are all sold out, but the unreserved side aisle tickets are good value - arrive early to reserve the best seat!   Other dates for your 2023-24 diary are on our Concerts and Events page.

Our patrons benefit from reserved seating and special events. If you are interested in finding out more about the patrons' scheme, please visit our Supporting the Choir page. We are very grateful to our patrons and members for their ongoing support.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Tuesday 21 November, 8:30pm

York Minster Quire

The Chapter House Choir directed by Benjamin Morris

UTENDAL - Cantantibus Organis
POULENC - Salve Regina

The ancient monastic service of Compline is a contemplative, candle-lit moment of stillness and simplicity. This form of night prayer brings the day to a close and prepares us for sleep in the knowledge we are known and loved by God. Compline at York Minster combines traditional prayers, beautiful music and silence.

All are welcome, no booking required.

Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 16 December, 7:30 pm

York Minster Nave

The Chapter House Choir directed by Benjamin Morris
The Chapter House Youth Choir directed by Charlie Gower-Smith
The Handbell Ringers of the Chapter House Choir

This ever-popular annual concert will take place in the stunning Nave of York Minster. In addition to traditional choral items old and new, there will be festive music performed by the Handbell Ringers of the Chapter House Choir – a uniquely Christmassy combination in the perfect candlelit setting!

Unreserved side aisle tickets are £15 (£7.50 for under 27s) available from the York Minster Box Office. The central nave tickets are now sold out.

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The Chapter House Choir, 17 December 2022

Listen to the Choir

Che fa oggi il mio sole

by Marenzio | The Chapter House Choir, November 2019

We are recruiting…

We currently have vacancies in the tenors and basses. If you enjoy making music to a high standard we want to hear from you! Please get in touch and we shall arrange an audition as soon as we can.

Choral Bursaries

There is also a limited number of choral bursaries (one per voice part) available to promising young choral singers aged 18 to 25 in full time education within any discipline.

Chapter House Youth Choir

About the Youth Choir

The Chapter House Choir is committed to inspiring the next generation of choral singers and to mark our 50th anniversary year in 2016 we launched a new Youth Choir for talented singers aged 13-19. The Chapter House Youth Choir has since performed in some amazing events, including sharing a platform with the King’s Singers, rehearsing with legendary composer John Rutter, and singing live for the BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service. The choir regularly works with some of the UK’s finest artistic talent, including the Gesualdo Six, the Gabrieli Consort and English Touring Opera.

The Youth Choir offers young singers aged 13-19 a place to sing choral music to the very highest standard. The choir is a fun and dedicated group of musicians from a wide range of backgrounds who love to sing. Rehearsals are in central York on Tuesdays during term time, 5.30-7:00 pm.

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You can read the Chapter House Youth Choir Safeguarding Policy here.

Join Us

The Chapter House Youth Choir is always on the look-out for new members. With live broadcasts on BBC Radio plus performance opportunities in amazing venues like York Minster, the choir gives singers exceptional musical experiences. In-person auditions are available throughout the year. Please get in touch by sending an email to


Carols by Candlelight

York Minster Nave on Saturday 16 December 2023, 7.30pm

Ian Anderson presents Christmas with Jethro Tull

York Minster Nave on Monday 18 December 2023, 7.30pm

Spring Concert with Former Members

St Chad’s Church, Campleshon Road, South Bank, York, YO23 1EY on Sunday 17 March 2024, 6pm

Chapter House Youth Choir, 17 December 2022
Chapter House Choir and Chapter House Youth Choir, 17 December 2022

The Chapter House Choir and Chapter House Youth Choir performing at Carols by Candlelight, 17 December 2022