Greetings from the Chapter House Choir!

CHOIR NEWS: JANUARY 2022

Happy New Year!

Following 2020's acclaimed virtual Carols by Candlelight, we were privileged to perform two very different live carol concerts in 2021, with socially distanced singers and COVID precautions in place. Our Carols by Candlelight concert in York Minster on Wednesday December 15th with the Chapter House Youth Choir sold out. What a lovely concert that was, making full use of the nave! Our Festival of Carols concert on Saturday December 18th in St Michael-le-Belfrey Church had a much more intimate feel.  It was lovely to be able to welcome Nicola LeFanu, composer of the beautiful St Ita's Lullaby.

Our next concert will be on Saturday 19th March in St Olave's Church. Details will follow soon.

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.

Please keep safe and well.  We look forward to seeing you in March 2022!

Chapter House Choir with composer Lillie Harris - March 2020

Preparing for the March 2020 concert with new commission composer Lillie Harris (centre)

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We are recruiting…

We currently have vacancies for a tenor and a second bass. 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. Currently, in 2021-22, we still have vacancies for a tenor and a bass in these roles.

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 young singers performed alongside The King’s Singers and The Chapter House Choir in York Minster in their first concert!

More recently, the Youth Choir sang Evensong in Selby Abbey and gave a performance of Joseph Horovitz’s Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo.  They performed in the November 2019 Treasures of the Italian Renaissance concert, and the 2019 Festival of Carols.

With the COVID-19 pandemic the Youth Choir moved online temporarily, producing two beautiful virtual Christmas carols in December 2020. The choir also had two super workshops, with guests Michelle Robinson and Laurence Williams. The choir focussed on developing performance skills to engage with audiences, whether singing in groups or as individuals. In 2021 the young singers worked on a stunning virtual recording of Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin with the Gesualdo Six, which you can watch here. They also took part in Haydn’s Creation with the spectacular Gabrieli Consort & Players in York Minster on 6 November.

Join Us

Congratulations to the young singers who auditioned successfully! If you know of anyone who might like to audition to join the choir, please encourage them to get in touch by email to youthchoir@chapterhousechoir.org  – auditions will be available throughout the year, in person or by video call depending on current guidance and availability.

Events

Carols by Candlelight in York Minster with the Chapter House Choir

The Youth Choir has just performed in the sell-out Carols by Candlelight in York Minster on Wednesday 15 December. Their next concert is on Saturday 19th March 2022, at 2pm.

Chapter House Youth Choir in February 2020
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