Choir History

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 Carols by Candlelight concerts. There is a wealth of history from the last 50+ years, and this history section will be gradually extended to include past programmes, photos and information from past years.

Blowing out the candles on the 50th Anniversary Cake

Stephen Williams, Jane Sturmheit and Andrew Carter blow out the candles on the 50th Anniversary Cake, June 2016

Musical Directors

1965-1982Andrew Carter
1982-1988Peter Young
1988-1990Andrew Padmore
1990-2002Jane Sturmheit
2002-2017Stephen Williams
2017-Benjamin Morris

Past Programmes and Posters

This section is gradually being extended. For ease of access, the programmes will be grouped into ten year periods.