ABOUT US

ABOUT US

For over forty years, Chiswick Choir has built up a reputation for performing the classic European repertoire as well as contemporary works.

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CONCERTS

CONCERTS

Chiswick Choir performs three concerts a year, bringing choral music to a wide audience at affordable prices.

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JOIN US

JOIN US

We welcome new members to enjoy and share our experience of  performing choral works to the highest standards.

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MEMBERS

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Useful information for Chiswick Choir members

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The Chiswick Choir is now the West London Chorus

Coming Events

  • Saturday 4th December 2021 – Christmas Concert and CD Launch Event
    19.30 at St Michael & All Angels Church, Bedford Park, W4

    Join us to celebrate our first live concert for nearly a year AND the launch of our first commercial CD recording as the West London Chorus.

    The CD contains seasonal works by well-known composer, Bob Chilcott – O Christmas Night and Wenceslas – and at the concert we will perform Wenceslas and other Christmas pieces. Complementary drinks are included in the celebration!


    Book your tickets and pre-order the CD here.

  • Saturday 8th January 2022 – ‘Come and Sing’ Vivaldi’s Gloria
    10.30 at St Paul’s Church, Grove Park, W4 3SD

    Join the West London Chorus for the day – either in person or online – to work on and perform Vivaldi’s Gloria with our award-winning Musical Director, Hilary Campbell.

    Book your tickets here.

About Us

The Chiswick Choir was originally 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-five year career the Choir has built a repertoire principally based on the European tradition from the 16th to 20th centuries. The choir has also performed more contemporary pieces, including the world premiere of Alistair Jones’s Stabat Mater in 2006, Will Todd’s Mass In Blue and works by Bob Chilcott and others.

The choir’s repertoire includes most of the major works suited to a group 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.

Our Aims are:

  • To inspire amateur singers to perform choral works to the highest standards

  • To bring choral music to a wide audience at affordable prices

  • To encourage singers to experience the enjoyment of singing

  • To keep the tradition and art of choral singing alive for future generations

We always welcome new members, and more information is available on our Join Us page.

We also offer a limited number of vocal scholarships each year to nurture the skills and experience of talented singers between the ages of 18 and 30. At the moment we have a immediate vacancy for an Alto scholar.

Here are some short videos of the Choir performing:

Choir videos

Concerts

For information about our forthcoming performances and events, please see our CONCERT SCHEDULE

We perform three concerts a year as the culmination of our Spring, Summer and Winter seasons., working with a variety of soloists, small ensembles, and full orchestras, to deliver works from our varied repertoire.

Music we’ve performed recently includes:

Carl Orff ‘s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Fauré’s Requiem, Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, Duruflé’s Requiem, Elgar’s Spirit of England, Vaughan Williams’ Sancta Civitas, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bruckner’s Requiem in D, Bob Chilcott’s Songs and Cries of London Town, and much more.

We normally perform in local churches but we’ve also filled St Johns Smiths Square and provided the guest choir at York Minster.

To see what we’ve done recently, look at our CONCERT ARCHIVE.

Here’s part of our pre-lockdownperformance of O Lord of all Creation from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

 

…and a ‘virtual performance’ of At the River by Aaron Copland arr R. Wilding-White, recorded under lockdown by choir members at home.

Our most recent concert was our long-awaited Robin Johnson Composition Competition Concert in St Paul’s Church, Grove Park, which took place in September 2021.

Read more about our Robin Johnson Composition Competition

Listen to the music

Our previous live concert was back in December 2020, when we put on a socially-distanced, behind-closed-doors, performance of Bob Chilcott’s On Christmas Night’.

Programme notes and accompanying text

Chiswick Choir is registered with Making Music (National Federation of Music Societies).