ABOUT US

The Chiswick Choir was founded in 1976 in London W4 by John Thackray, a passionate musician who served as conductor for multiple London choirs.

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CONCERTS

Chiswick Choir rehearses and performs three concerts per year as the culmination of our Spring, Summer and Winter seasons.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

We encourage singers to apply for our choral scholarships. Successful candidates attend weekly rehearsal & 3 performances per annum.

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Introduction

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

** We are working to update our website to reflect the changes we’ve had to make to our plans. **

STOP PRESS: We are now inviting entries for our 2021 Choral Composition Prize

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.

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. More information is available on our Join page

Here are two short video excerpts of Chiswick Choir performing:

Choir videos

Concerts

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

** We’ve had to cancel or postpone our planned concerts, but hope to reschedule the repertoire we’ve been working on as soon as conditions allow. **

** We’ve also started online ‘Zoom’ rehearsals to keep things ticking over! **

Chiswick Choir rehearses every Tuesday evening and normally 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, please see CONCERTS.

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

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 and 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 four choral scholarships which, because of the Coronavirus restrictions, will be on offer to start with us in September 2021.

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

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

Our current scholars

HollyHolly 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 experience with Dixi Ensemble Soprano, Girton Chapel Choir, Cambridge University Choral Scholar, Christchurch Chelsea Soprano, The Lyra Singers Soprano and St Mary’s Battersea.

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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.

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After being a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, George went on to study as a scholar at Wells Cathedral School and at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2013 with a 1st class BMus in viola performance. He now enjoys a varied career as a professional viola player, freelancing as a chamber and orchestral musician in London and the south-west.

At Wells he sang in the chapel and chamber choirs. Since then, George has sung in choirs and consorts at the Bath, Cheltenham and Frome festivals and at many major venues across the UK, including the Cadogan, Wigmore, Birmingham Symphony, and Royal Festival halls. He is a member of the Wellensian Consort, winners of the BBC Choir of the Year 2010 competition, and has more recently been a soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Nelson Mass.

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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’.

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