Greetings from the Chapter House Choir!

CHOIR NEWS: 5 FEBRUARY 2020

Warmest greetings!

We currently have no live concerts planned due to COVID-19, but we look forward to returning to live performances as soon as we can.  We are actively exploring options for the summer and autumn but cannot make firm plans yet due to the pandemic.

The choir continues to meet and run virtually. This autumn we prepared a Virtual Carols by Candlelight concert which was premièred on YouTube and Facebook on Wednesday 16th December to worldwide aclaim! The link is still available on this website. There is no charge to watch the Virtual Carols by Candlelight concert. Those who enjoy the concert are encouraged to make a donation to support the work of York Minster.

Our patrons joined us for a Carols by Candlelight preview on Zoom on Wednesday 16th December, 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, and special thanks to those of you who generously donated your March 2020 ticket monies towards the choir’s ongoing work.

Many thanks for your understanding and continued support during these difficult times.
Please keep safe and well!

Are you missing our live concerts as much as we are?

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.

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We are recruiting…

We have vacancies in ALL VOICE PARTS to join our lovely choir from 2021 – if you’re a bass, tenor, alto or soprano and you enjoy making music to a high standard we want to hear from you! Unfortunately we cannot hold auditions at the moment due to Covid-19, but please get in touch and we shall take your enquiry further 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.

Chapter House Choir with composer Lillie Harris - March 2020

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

Carols by Candlelight 2020

Virtual Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday 16 DECEMBER 2020, 7:30 pm

Online – via the ‘Watch Carols by Candlelight on YouTube‘ button below

Director: Benjamin Morris

Silent Night – arr. Benjamin MORRIS
Saint Ita’s Lullaby – Nicola LEFANU
Past Three O’Clock (Handbells) – arr. Phil REDDING
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Elizabeth POSTON
The Huron Carol – arr. Eleanor DALEY
Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen – Michael PRAETORIUS/Jan SANDSTRÖM
I saw three ships (Handbells) – arr. Andrew BUNNEY
Ding Dong! Merrily on High – arr. Charles WOOD
Have yourself a merry little Christmas – arr. Peter GRITTON

Our ever-popular and atmospheric ‘Carols by Candlelight‘ has moved online! This year’s concert includes new virtual recordings created by the Choir, alongside highlights of past performances, and set against beautiful footage of York Minster’s Chapter House in candlelight. As ever, we are delighted to include performances new and old by our handbell ringers.

The concert, lasting approximately 30 minutes, was first streamed online at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th December. You can still watch the concert free of charge – use the button below. We are pleased to be supporting the Minster and its Christmas programme through this very special event, and look forward to welcoming you!

Tickets: There is no charge for this online concert.

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 has moved online temporarily, producing two beautiful virtual Christmas carols in December 2020. The choir has also had two super workshops recently, 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.

Join Us

Congratulations to the young singers who auditioned successfully by Skype! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chapter House Youth Choir is meeting virtually at the moment. 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.

Next Event

Virtual Choir Performance with the Gesualdo Six

After February half term 2021, the Youth Choir will be working with the outstanding Gesualdo Six to produce a virtual choir performance with both groups – keep an eye out on social media!

Chapter House Youth Choir in February 2020
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