The Chichester Singers are an established part of musical life in Chichester and West Sussex, and are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year. The choir performs under the musical direction of Jonathan Willcocks, one of the UK’s foremost choral conductors and composers. We have over 140 singing members and our repertoire includes a broad range of music from the great choral classics to contemporary works, performed with first-class professional soloists and orchestras.
We currently work with Southern Pro Musica. Most of all, we enjoy our music and want to share that enjoyment with our audiences and members, who come both from the city and further afield.
All our major concerts are in Chichester Cathedral, the most recent being our performance of A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams and Veni, Creator Spiritus, a work by Malcolm Archer commissioner by the choir.
We are looking forward to performing the opening event of the new Festival of Chichester next June with our performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom.
During the past 15 years we have been visiting European cities for short concert tours. These have included Paris, Chartres (with which Chichester is twinned), Belgium, Ravenna (another Chichester 'twin') Padua, Budapest, Dubrovnik and Montenegro. In May 2014 we are off to northern Italy to give concerts in churches on the shores of Lakes Maggiore and Orta. This picture shows us singing in St John’s Cathedral, Valletta, on our visit to Malta in 2011.
In January a group from the choir joined other choirs from England and the United States in the Carnegie Hall in New York to perform Jonathan Willcocks’s work A Great and Glorious Victory.
The choir's first CD, featuring Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Dvořak's Mass in D is now available on the Herald label.
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