Greetings from the Chapter House Choir!

Greetings!  We hope you enjoyed our concerts earlier this season. We have a trio of events to entice you to, beginning with our two summer concerts: Sounds of Summer on Saturday 22 June 2019 in St Chad’s Church York, and Music for a Summer’s Evening on Saturday 29 June 2019 in St Mary’s Church Thirsk. Both concerts start at 7:30 pm. In September we are delighted to be hosting another of the hugely popular Bob Chilcott choral workshops, ‘Come and Sing’. This is a great opportunity to work with a master in his field, and we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Tickets for all three events are available from Eventbrite – just use the buttons below.

Please see our Concerts and Events page for more details and dates for your diary.

Sounds of Summer

Saturday 22 June 2019, 7:30 pm

St Chad’s Church, York

Director: Benjamin Morris

Celebrate summer with the Chapter House Choir!  Immerse yourself in a delicious musical evocation of a traditional English summer day, with sublime music, beautiful a cappella voices and interval drinks. A musical feast of the finest romantic English composers, spiced with a touch of French frisson and transatlantic blues – featuring Elgar, Gershwin, Delius, Finzi, Vaughan Williams – and more!

All tickets – £5! Buy in advance using the button below, or on the door.

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Music for a Summer’s Evening

Saturday 29 June 2019, 7:30 pm

St Mary’s Church, Thirsk

Director: Benjamin Morris

Join us for our second Summer Celebration in the beautiful town of Thirsk! Experience the heady passions of a glorious summer day through the exquisite genius of some of our finest romantic composers, with an evening of sublime music, beautiful a cappella voices and brilliant organ interludes, including the famous Widor Toccata.

This is a charity concert in aid of St Mary’s Church Thirsk, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Chapter House Choir.

Tickets £10 for adults and £5 for students. Buy in advance using the button below, or on the door.

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Come and Sing with Bob Chilcott

Saturday 28 September 2019, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Shepherd Hall, St Olave’s School, Queen Anne’s Road, York, YO30 7WA

Director: Bob Chilcott
Accompanist: Benjamin Morris

Bob Chilcott has that very rare combination – a fantastic global performing pedigree AND unparalleled talent as a composer and coach. Delightfully entertaining and always encouraging, Bob will take us through some great singing techniques that really work! And he’ll draw on some of his finest compositions to inspire us through the day.

Read more about Come and Sing with Bob Chilcott

Tickets cost £20 for adults, £5 for under 18s and students

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Latest News from the Chapter House Choir….

The Chapter House Choir has been delighting audiences for over 50 years with a diverse mixture of a cappella and accompanied choral music from across the centuries and around the globe. Building on a highly successful first year with our Musical Director, Benjamin Morris, the 2018–2019 season offers a wide range of programmes, from contemplative to lighter, popular works.

Our October concert was the final one in our series on the theme of exile, reconciliation and peace.  It commemorated three significant events in 1918 and included some sublime music by Parry and Stanford.  Later in October there was an Open Rehearsal, where people met members of the choir and our musical director Benjamin Morris.  Guests could sing with the choir or simply watch the rehearsal.

At Christmas we were delighted to return to the Chapter House of York Minster to perform our trademark traditional Carols by Candlelight with our very own Handbell Ringers.  We followed Carols by Candlelight with a Christmas concert, Mirabile Mysterium, in St Michael-le-Belfrey Church, where we were be joined by the Chapter House Youth Choir.

In March 2019 we performed Jonathan Rathbone’s Under the Shadow of His Wing in the presence of the composer.  The work is a beautifully atmospheric extended setting of the service of Vespers. The work was premièred in October 2014 to a rapturous reception, and this was the first performance outside London.

For our Summer 2019 concerts we shall explore two new venues – St Chad’s Church York and St Mary’s Church Thirsk. The programmes will include choral classics such as Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs, and a variety of summery pieces by Elgar, Stanford, Chilcott and others. The Sounds of Summer concert at St Chad’s Church in York will cost you a mere £5, whilst the Music for a Summer’s Evening concert in Thirsk is in aid of three worthy charities: St Mary’s Church Thirsk, The MS Society and the Chapter House Choir.

We look forward to welcoming you to our concerts!

Get in Touch!

We are recruiting…

The Chapter House Choir always welcomes interest from singers in all voice parts to apply to join the choir. There are specific vacancies for tenors at this time.

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.

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Chapter House Youth Choir

BBC Radio 4 Daily Service, June 2018

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! Other events include concerts in York and Ripon Cathedral, evensong in Durham Cathedral and a live broadcast of the BBC Radio 4LW Daily Service.  Most recently, the Youth Choir performed in October’s Nineteen Eighteen concert in the Chapter House of York Minster and sang Evensong in Selby Abbey on Sunday 24th March.

Next Event

The Youth Choir’s next event is a performance of Joseph Horovitz’s Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo and other songs, on Saturday 6 July 2019 2pm at Spilman’s Farm, Sessay, YO7 3NB.

Find out more on the Youth Choir’s web page by clicking on the button below!

Join Us

The Youth Choir is currently recruiting new members. If you know any singers aged 13-19 who would like to audition, please get in touch by visiting our Youth Choir web page and use the Contact button to arrange an audition to join.

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