About the 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. 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
To listen to a brief excerpt from a recent concert please click here
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: Bob Chilcott – Songs and Cries of London Town, Carl Orff – Carmina Burana, Brahms – Ein Deutsches, Haydn – Nelson Mass, Fauré – Requiem, 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
For information about forthcoming performances, please see CONCERTS
To see more details of recent concerts please see CONCERT ARCHIVE
Chiswick Choir invites singers to apply for one of four choral scholarships. Successful candidates are expected to attend weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings 8-10pm in term time, in addition to around three performances a year. The scholarships are open to singers aged 18-30, or students in full or part time music education.
Our choral scholarships are ideal for aspiring professional singers wishing to develop their choral singing and sight-reading, or in preparation for university choral scholarships, and as a means of broadening repertoire knowledge. Scholarships are worth £750. There will be occasional solo/quartet/semi chorus opportunities, and also a chance for the scholars to receive coaching from the choir’s Musical Director. It is expected that choral scholars will take an active role with social media for the ensemble, and generally support the endeavours of Chiswick Choir.
Our current scholars
Holly studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music Voice Performance and The Open University where she gained a 1st Class Honours in Music & History . She has operatic experience with Fulham, Chelsea and Morley Opera and Choral expereince with Dixi Ensemble Soprano, Girton Chapel Choir, Cambridge University Choral Scholar, Christchurch Chelsea Soprano, The Lyra Singers Soprano and St Mary’s Battersea
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.
Digory Price is an aspiring répétiteur, conductor and singer who last year graduated from Leeds College of Music with a first-class degree. Digory has been a choral singer from a young age and has held scholarships at Leeds Cathedral and St. Mary’s Richmond. Digorys’ recent operatic roles have included Tony in Paradise club, a brand-new opera performed by Leeds college of music, and Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro.
Digory is looking forward to studying an MA in répétiteur studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama next year. He was intern répétiteur at Leeds Youth Opera and has played with a number of choirs including Opera North’s Sing ON and Battersea Choral Society.
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, 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”.