Greetings from the Chapter House Choir!
CHOIR NEWS: SUMMER 2021
Things are a little different this year due to COVID-19, but we hope live performances will be possible soon. We enjoyed three outdoor rehearsals with beautiful views of York Minster's Chapter House during June, but sadly it was not possible to give a performance with audience. We hope to rehearse normally from September, working towards a concert in York Minster on 13 November (Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem and Comfort by award-winning composer Lillie Harris) and concerts at Christmas. We shall confirm details as soon as possible.
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!
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.
Che fa oggi il mio sole
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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 it may not be possible to 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.
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.
Preparing for the March 2020 concert with new commission composer Lillie Harris
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.
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.
Virtual Choir Performance with the Gesualdo Six
Since February half term 2021, the Youth Choir has been working with the outstanding Gesualdo Six to produce a virtual choir performance with both groups – keep an eye out on social media!