Greetings from the Chapter House Choir!
CHOIR NEWS: OCTOBER 2021
We are thrilled to be rehearsing together, working towards the concert the York Minster on 13 November (Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem and Comfort by award-winning composer Lillie Harris). Due to the pandemic, this concert has been postponed from March 2020 and relocated to the nave. Holding the concert on the eve of Remembrance Sunday makes the programme even more poignant. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted....
Details and tickets for the Christmas concerts on Wednesday December 15th (in York Minster with the Chapter House Youth Choir) and Saturday December 18th (in St Michael-le-Belfrey) will be available shortly.
Last autumn we prepared a Virtual Carols by Candlelight concert which was premièred on YouTube and Facebook in December to worldwide acclaim! Our patrons joined us for a Carols by Candlelight preview on Zoom, where they could learn how the concert was produced. 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.
Many thanks for your understanding and continued support during these difficult times.
Please keep safe and well!
Ein Deutsches Requiem – Brahms
Saturday 13 November 2021, 7:30 pm
The Nave, York Minster
Director: Benjamin Morris
Soprano: Susan Young
Baritone: Alex Ashworth
Pianists: Eleanor Kornas and Polly Sharpe
This concert offers a rare opportunity to hear Brahms’s own arrangement of his Requiem with piano duet accompaniment, revealing the work in a new light – more intimate and transparent, revealing a wider variety of choral timbres and textures. Celebrated singers Alex Ashworth and Susan Young join the Chapter House Choir and pianists Eleanor Kornas and Polly Sharpe in the contemplative acoustic of the Minster, for what promises to be an intimate but emotionally powerful performance.
This concert will also include the world-premiere of Comfort by award-winning composer Lillie Harris, written especially for this performance.
Tickets – £20, £17.50 and £15 (£18, £15.50 and £13 concessions – for students and those in full-time education), available from York Minster Box Office via the “Buy tickets” button below. Under 5s and carers are free – please ring 01904 557200 to book.
Preparing for the March 2020 concert with new commission composer Lillie Harris (centre)
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We are recruiting…
We currently have vacancies particularly for Tenors and Basses to join our lovely choir from 2021 – 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.
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.
Have you missed our live concerts as much as we have?
Here is a recording of Che fa oggi il mio sole by Marenzio from our sell-out concert in the Chapter House, Treasures of the Italian Renaissance.
Che fa oggi il mio sole
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – auditions will be available throughout the year, in person or by video call depending on current guidance and availability.