Greetings from the Chapter House Choir

CHOIR NEWS: MAY 2022

Greetings!

We are rehearsing for the Gala Concert for the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen in the Nave of York Minster on Saturday 4 June at 7:30pm. It will be a pleasure to collaborate with the Ebor Singers and their director Paul Gameson for this exciting celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 70 year reign! Tickets are now on sale, so book yours now.

We are also preparing a Summer Concert with the Chapter House Youth Choir on Saturday 25th June at 7:30pm. This will raise funds for Boston Spa Church, where the concert will take place. There will be a lovely mix of seasonal and celebratory coronation pieces, and we hope you can come. Tickets are on sale, and you can find out more on our Concerts & Events page. We shall round off the summer term with a service of Compline in the Quire of York Minster on Tuesday 5th July at 9pm.

Our recent concert on Saturday 19th March in St Olave's Church was a stunning programme of Victoria and Bach which raised nearly £300 for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Thank you for your generosity.

Our patrons benefit from reserved seating and special events. 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.

We look forward to seeing you on 4th June!

Jubilee Gala Concert

Saturday 4 June 2022, 7:30 pm

The Nave, York Minster

Directors: Benjamin Morris and Paul Gameson
The Chapter House Choir and the Ebor Singers

Join York Minster’s associate choirs for an evening of breath-taking choral music accompanied by the cathedral’s Grand Organ in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The programme will feature popular coronation pieces, including Handel’s Zadok the Priest, alongside music associated with the royal family and York Minster, including pieces by Francis Jackson and Philip Moore.

Tickets: £12-£18.50 with a concession rate of £5 for people aged under 27

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee
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We are recruiting…

We currently have vacancies for a tenor and a second bass. 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.

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 within any discipline. Currently, in 2021-22, we still have a vacancy for a tenor in these roles.

Chapter House Choir with composer Lillie Harris - March 2020

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

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!  The  Chapter House Youth Choir has offered a rewarding and varied programme of concerts and workshops for its members ever since.

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 developing performance skills, with guests Michelle Robinson and Laurence Williams.  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. They also took part in Haydn’s Creation with the spectacular Gabrieli Consort & Players in York Minster on 6 November and performed in the sell-out Carols by Candlelight concert in York Minster in December.

So far this year the Youth Choir has given a spring concert in York, has held a Boys Sing workshop for male singers aged 11-16, funded by York Music Hub, and has taken part in a performance of Bach’s St John Passion with English Touring Opera.

Chapter House Youth Choir in December 2021

Events

Summer Concert

The next concert is on Saturday 25th June 2022 at 7:30pm in St Mary the Virgin Church, Boston Spa, with a beautiful mixture of summer and coronation music.

Join Us

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 send an email to youthchoir@chapterhousechoir.org  – auditions will be available throughout the year, in person or by video call depending on current guidance and availability.

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