About the Choir
We rehearse on Tuesday evenings during term time
From 8pm to 10pm
At St Michael’s Church Centre, Elmwood Road, Chiswick W4 3DZ
The Chiswick Choir was founded in 1976 in London W4 by John Thackray, a passionate musician who served as conductor for multiple London choirs. Between 1984 and 2015 the choir was conducted by Alistair Jones and since January 2016 the choir has flourished under the direction of award-winning composer and conductor Hilary Campbell.
Over the course of its forty-year career the Choir has built a repertoire principally based on the European tradition from the 16th to 20th centuries. In recent years the choir has also performed more contemporary pieces, including the world premiere of Alistair Jones’s Stabat Mater in 2006, and Will Todd’s Mass In Blue as the centrepiece of our Summer 2016 concert.
A list of the choir’s repertoire includes most of the major works suited to a choir of its size – the Bach Passions, Mass in B minor, oratorios by Handel, works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and so on. Excursions into the 20th century have included performances of Britten’s Saint Nicolas, Tippet’s A Child of Our Time and Stravinsky’s A Symphony of Psalms.
We are registered with Making Music (National Federation of Music Societies).
Chiswick Choir welcomes new members. More information is available on our Join page
Hilary Campbell is a freelance choral specialist, and is founder and director of professional chamber choir Blossom Street, and Musical Director of Bristol Choral Society, the Music Makers of London and VOCALIZE as well as the Chiswick Choral Society. She is also conductor of several office choirs, including P&O Ferries, the group which won the recent BBC2 series The Choir, and whom she met whilst filming for the series, and Assistant Conductor of Barts Choir. Her guest work includes ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Chorus (whom she prepared for a Prom featuring Mozart’s Mass in C Minor), BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service Singers, the New London Singers and the Amici Chamber Choir. She also runs an annual project with Judith Weir at the Royal Academy of Music, in conjunction with Blossom Street and the RAM composition department.
Hilary gained a Distinction for an MMus in Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Patrick Russill, where as part of her course she was privileged to work with professional choirs including the BBC Singers and Cardinall’s Musick; she was also awarded the three choral conducting prizes. She gained a Distinction for an MA in Vocal Studies at the University of York, and undertook an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in singing at Trinity College of Music. Following her studies, she returned to the Royal Academy as the Meaker Fellow 2012-13, the first choral conductor to have been thus honoured. In addition to her regular conducting work, Hilary also acts as an adjudicator, choral workshop leader and guest conductor. She is a founder member of the Voices of London Festival, and is also a published and prize-winning composer. With Blossom Street, she has released two award-winning Naxos recordings.
Chiswick Choir rehearses and performs three concerts per year as the culmination of our Spring, Summer and Winter seasons. The choir is delighted to work with a variety of soloists, small ensembles and full orchestras to deliver works from our varied repertoire.
Recent music performed includes: Will Todd – Mass in Blue, Duruflé – Requiem, Fauré, Villette, Elgar – Spirit of England, Vaughan Williams – Santa Civitas, Schubert – Mass in G and Bruckner – Requiem in D