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
To see more details of recent concerts please see CONCERT ARCHIVE
For information about forthcoming performances, please see CONCERTS
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
Hannah recently graduated from Durham University where she studied Music. She sang in the University Chamber Choir and the Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers. She has sung for professional choirs including Tenebrae and Recordare Chamber Choir.
Emma is currently studying for her masters degree in Vocal Studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Before her masters, she graduated from The Royal Northern College of Music with a first-class degree. She was a member of The National Youth Choir of Great Britain from the age of 11 where she became a section leader in 2018. She was an Ely Cathedral Girl Chorister and became head chorister in her final year of school.
Having been a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, George went on to study and graduated in 2013 with a 1st class BMus degree in viola performance.
George is hoping to build further on his singing career, alongside his other endeavours, and is grateful to the Chiswick Choir for this opportunity.
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”.