Concerts and Events
CHOIR NEWS: 5 FEBRUARY 2020
We currently have no live concerts planned due to COVID-19, but we look forward to returning to live performances as soon as we can. We are actively exploring options for the summer and autumn but cannot make firm plans yet due to the pandemic.
The choir continues to meet and run virtually. This autumn we prepared a Virtual Carols by Candlelight concert which was premièred on YouTube and Facebook on Wednesday 16th December to worldwide aclaim! The link is still available on this website. There is no charge to watch the Virtual Carols by Candlelight concert. Those who enjoy the concert are encouraged to make a donation to support the work of York Minster.
Our patrons joined us for a Carols by Candlelight preview on Zoom on Wednesday 16th December, 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, and special thanks to those of you who generously donated your March 2020 ticket monies towards the choir’s ongoing work.
Many thanks for your understanding and continued support during these difficult times.
Please keep safe and well!
Virtual Carols by Candlelight
Wednesday 16 DECEMBER 2020, 7:30 pm
Online – click on the YouTube video below
Director: Benjamin Morris
Silent Night – arr. Benjamin MORRIS
Soprano solo: Lydia Eyre
Saint Ita’s Lullaby – Nicola LEFANU
Past Three O’Clock (Handbells) – arr. Phil REDDING 
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Elizabeth POSTON
The Huron Carol – arr. Eleanor DALEY 
Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen – Michael PRAETORIUS/Jan SANDSTRÖM
Solos: Sarah Hewlett, Lucy Rigby, David Tomlinson, Richard Parkinson
I saw three ships (Handbells) – arr. Andrew BUNNEY
Ding Dong! Merrily on High – arr. Charles WOOD
Have yourself a merry little Christmas – arr. Peter GRITTON 
Our ever-popular and atmospheric ‘Carols by Candlelight‘ has moved online! This year’s concert includes new virtual recordings created by the Choir, alongside highlights of past performances, and set against beautiful footage of York Minster’s Chapter House in candlelight. As ever, we are delighted to include performances new and old by our handbell ringers.
The concert, lasting approximately 30 minutes, was first streamed online at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th December. You can still watch the concert free of charge – click on the YouTube video below. We are pleased to be supporting York Minster and its Christmas programme through this very special event, and look forward to welcoming you!
Tickets: There is no charge for this online concert.
- 1999 recordings: Christmas with the Chapter House Choir in York Minster, Guild Music, directed by Jane Sturmheit
- 2012 recording: Carols by Candlelight, RAS Audio, directed by Stephen Williams
- New recordings made by choir members and edited together by Kat Young https://katyoungaudio.wixsite.com/home
- Location video and audio by David Rose and Thomas Schubert https://www.davidrosesound.co.uk/