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

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Welcome to the Chiswick Choir

** CHISWICK CHOIR IS STILL IN ACTION DESPITE THE CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS ! **

Throughout 2020/21 Chiswick Choir continued to rehearse and learn new works, either remotely using Zoom technology or in ‘live’ settings following Coronavirus precautions.

Our most recent concert took place on September 18th 2021 when we put on our long-awaited Robin Johnson Composition Competition in front of a live invited audience in St Paul’s Church, Grove Park.

Read more about our Robin Johnson Composition Competition

Listen to the music

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Our last concert before that 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

About the Chiswick Choir

 

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. 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.

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.

The Chiswick Choir’s Aims:

  • 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

Chiswick Choir welcomes 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 vacancy for an Alto scholar to start immediately.

Here are some short videos of the Chiswick Choir performing:

Choir videos

Chiswick Choir singing O Holy Night by Adolphe Adams, arr Mark White – Musical Director – Hilary Campbell.
Recorded by choir members individually at home and combined into one video.

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

Concerts


** THE CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS HAVE THROWN OUR SCHEDULE INTO DISARRAY! **

** We had to cancel or postpone most of our planned concerts for 2020 and into 2021, but we’ve been using online ‘Zoom’ and ‘socially distanced’ rehearsals to keep things ticking over! **

** We hope to reschedule some of the repertoire we’ve been working on as soon as conditions allow. **

Chiswick Choir normally rehearses every Tuesday evening and performs three concerts a year as the culmination of our Spring, Summer and Winter seasons. We work 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.

For more information about our forthcoming performances and events, please see CONCERTS.

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

Here’s part of our performance of O Lord of all Creation from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

Scholarships

Chiswick Choir offers four choral scholarships for aspiring professional singers who wish to develop their choral singing and sight-reading in preparation for university choral scholarships or as a means of broadening their repertoire knowledge. The scholarships are open to singers aged 18-30, or students in full or part time music education.

Our scholarships are each worth £900 and successful candidates are expected to take part in about three concert performances a year and attend our weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings during term time to provide support and advice for other singers in their section. There will also be occasional solo/quartet/semi chorus opportunities and a chance for the scholars to receive coaching from the choir’s Musical Director. It is expected that choral scholars will also take an active role with social media for the ensemble and generally support the endeavours of Chiswick Choir.

We invite singers to apply for one of our choral scholarships.

At the moment we have an immediate vacancy for an Alto scholar.

For more information about our choral scholarships, use our Contact Us page or download an application form.

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

Our current scholars

Emily is new to the London singing scene, having started studying for an MA in Music Education at UCL this year. She splits her time between London and Cambridge, continuing her work for Cambridgeshire Music as an instrumental teacher in voice, woodwind and piano, and manages the Cambridge Music Centre. Emily previously held a choral scholarship at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, during her undergraduate studies and also sang with Emmanuel College Chapel Choir for two years. She particularly enjoys the challenges of contemporary new music and has sung on CD recordings, including Julian Anderson’s Bell Mass, and taken solo roles in student-written operas for the Cambridge University Opera Society.

British soprano Hannah Crocker made her operatic debut in the roles of Chorus Leader and Showgirl in La belle Hélène (Offenbach), sung in English, with Blackheath Halls Opera in July
2019. More recently, she performed the title role in an excerpt from Handel’s Theodora in the Royal College of Music’s Opera Scenes. Hannah is currently in her second year of the Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music, studying under Amanda Roocroft, where she is a Theo Max van der Beugel
Scholar. She was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and was delighted to have been awarded the Director’s Prize of Excellence in Voice. Other recent events include her debut performance at St. James’s Church Piccadilly, London, where she performed a programme of song repertoire alongside pianist and duo partner Claire Habbershaw.

Clare is a freelance mezzo-soprano based in London. She was a first-study singer at The Purcell School, and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a First Class Honours degree in Music. She held the Alto Choral Scholarship at Gloucester Cathedral, as well as assisting the Music Department in their outreach work between 2017-2018. In 2018-19, Clare was a member of the National Youth Choir Fellowship programme and a Choral Scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields. This year she is a member of the VOCES8 Scholars programme alongside the current Genesis Sixteen cohort, and sings with other groups such as St Martin’s Voices and the Strand Consort. Clare is also Campaigns Assistant for Attitude is Everything – who improve Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.

Alex is a highly experienced solo and ensemble singer. He sang with the Chapel Choir of Emmanuel College Cambridge for three years and the St John’s Voices for five, taking part in their first commercial CD recording of choral music by William Mathias. Alex regularly deputises with choirs in Cambridge and further afield, and is a scholar with other London choirs. His special interest is Early Music and his oratorio work includes The Evangelist in Heinrich Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie and tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Mass in C. Operatic roles include Don Curzio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Alex has a particular interest in Baroque opera, and is currently undertaking a research project researching, transcribing and editing music written for specific tenors of the Baroque Period.

Nick started violin lessons at the age of 4, was a member of Surrey Arts ensembles, both choral and orchestral, including the Surrey Youth Choir (2000-2006) under James Burton, Greg Beardsell and Rufus Frowde. In 2008, he took part in the world première of Bernard Cavanna’s Messe un jour ordinaire in Grenoble, France. From 2012 to 2018, Nick was Organist and Director of Music at St Nicholas, Alfold and St John the Baptist, Loxwood. He joins us directly from the New London Singers, one of London’s ‘most exciting vocal ensembles’.