About the Chapter House Choir

The Chapter House Choir

Formed in 1965 to raise funds for the York Minster Appeal, the Chapter House Choir continues to build on its reputation as one of the North of England’s finest amateur chamber choirs. We are a progressive and dynamic ensemble that regularly commissions new music and seeks to programme accessible and beautiful yet challenging programmes from the whole range of the choral repertoire.

You can read more about the Chapter House Choir here.

Benjamin Morris has been Musical Director of the Chapter House Choir since 2017. Benjamin is Assistant Director of Music at York Minster. You can read more about him here.

The choir is extremely proud of its long-standing relationship with York Minster, and we are delighted that the Honourable Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, has agreed to be our President.

Chapter House Choir rehearsing new commission Benedicamus Domino

Rehearsing our new carol ‘Benedicamus Domino’ by Andrew Carter

How to Join the Choir

Entry to the choir is by audition and numbers are limited in order to keep the voice parts balanced. We also have four choral scholar positions. You can read about how to join the choir or become a choral scholar here.

Recordings and Commissions

Over the years, the Chapter House Choir has published recordings in various formats. Several are available for purchase. You can listen to extracts and find out more on our Recordings page.

In recent years the Chapter House Choir has continued its tradition of commissioning new choral music and you can read about the latest works on our Commissions page.

Chapter House Choir Directors: Andrew Carter, Ben Morris and Stephen Williams

The choir’s founder, Andrew Carter, meets the incoming and outgoing Musical Directors (Ben Morris and Stephen Williams) after the summer concert in June 2017

Supporting Choral Singing

The Chapter House Choir is a registered charity and has always supported choirs and choral singing.  We have held some successful ‘Come and Sing’ days and in 2016 we established the Chapter House Youth Choir.  The young singers now perform regularly on their own, and also join the adult Chapter House Choir for two or three concerts each year.

Support from our patrons, or through sponsorship and advertising, enables us to commission new works and to enrich our region’s musical culture through hosting community events such as Come and Sing days and choral collaborations. You can read more about how you can support the Chapter House Choir here.  Another way of raising funds to support our community ventures is by hiring the choir.  

Handbells

The Chapter House Choir has used handbells at Christmas since the choir was first formed in 1965. The choir owns its own set of handbells and has a lovely library of music especially composed for them. You can read about the bells and arrangers on our Handbells page.