About the Chapter House Choir

The Choir

The Chapter House Choir was formed in 1965 by York Minster Songmen and their wives to raise funds for York Minster. Since then, the choir has become an integral part of York’s musical culture, especially through our annual sell-out Carols by Candlelight concerts.

about - 50th Anniversary Concert rehearsal - June 2016

Past and present members of the Chapter House Choir rehearse for the choir’s 50th anniversary concert, June 2016.

Joining the Choir

The Chapter House Choir is always happy to hear from experienced choral singers. Entry to the choir is by audition with our Musical Director.

Musical Director

Benjamin Morris is Assistant Director of Music at York Minster and a prizewinning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Ben is much in demand as a recitalist and continuo player. He assists in the training of the boy and girl choristers at York Minster and spent a period directing the two choirs of Jesus College Cambridge while the Director of Music was on sabbatical leave.

Benjamin Morris


The handbells have been part of the Chapter House Choir’s Carols by Candlelight concerts ever since the first concert in 1965. The choir now owns its own set of handbells, together with a library of especially composed music, making the handbells a very popular part of our Christmas concerts.

The Handbell Ringers

Supporting the Choir

The Chapter House Choir is a registered charity (no.511629). The generous support of our Friends and sponsors, as well as funding from charitable trusts and public bodies, is vital to our continued success. If you like what we do, there are several ways you can support the choir. Click on the button for more information about our Friends Scheme, and Advertising & Sponsorship opportunities.

Hiring the Choir

The Chapter House Choir is one of the foremost amateur chamber choirs in the country, and it is possible to hire the Choir for bespoke performances.

Recordings and CDs

Visit our Recordings page for more details about music recorded by the Choir, recording excerpts and how to purchase CDs.

Carols by Candlelight CD


The Chapter House Choir regularly commissions and premières new music, including some stunning works by Roderick Williams, Judith Bingham, Andrew Carter, Paul Mottram, Alexander L’Estrange, Gabriel Jackson and Bob Chilcott in recent years.

Song Cycle score