Greetings from the Chapter House Choir!


We currently have no live concerts planned, but we look forward to returning to live performances as soon as we can.

The choir continues to meet and run virtually, and we are preparing a Virtual Carols by Candlelight concert to be held on Wednesday 16th December at 7.30 pm. Look out for the links on social media and on this website nearer the time. There will be no charge to watch the Virtual Carols by Candlelight concert.

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 ticket monies towards the choir’s ongoing work. We are also in the midst of planning a special event for our patrons to attend online – if you are interested in finding out more about the patrons scheme, please visit our Supporting the Choir page.

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

Carols by Candlelight 2020

Virtual Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday 16 DECEMBER 2020, 7:30 pm

Online – link to be made available in December

Director: Benjamin Morris

Our ever-popular and atmospheric ‘Carols by Candlelight‘ moves 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, which will last approximately 30 minutes, will be streamed for free online at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th December. Links will be available on this page and via the choir’s social media channels. 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. The link will be added here nearer the time.

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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.

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.

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Chapter House Choir with composer Lillie Harris - March 2020

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

Chapter House 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 on Sunday 24th March and gave a performance of Joseph Horovitz’s Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo and other songs on Saturday 6 July 2019.  They have just performed in November’s Treasures of the Italian Renaissance concert, and in December’s Festival of Carols.


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Join Us

Congratulations to the four who auditioned successfully by Skype on Tuesday 24th March! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chapter House Youth Choir will sadly not meet again until September at the earliest. We would like to wish all our members who are leaving us well in the next steps of their life journeys and thank them for their contribution over the last few years! If you know of anyone who might like to audition to join the choir, please encourage them to get in touch by email to  – auditions will be available by video call throughout the summer term. 

Next Event

It is with huge regret that we must announce that our concert on Sunday 22nd March 2020 was cancelled. Thank you to all who were planning to come, and we hope to be able to sing for you soon! The 40 minute programme would have included Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten and Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music.

Visit the Youth Choir’s web page to find out more!

Chapter House Youth Choir in February 2020