We are an amateur chamber choir of about 40 singers, founded in the 1970s in the tradition of other great chamber choirs around the UK. Our core aim is to put on concerts of largely unaccompanied music, in and around Durham City, from the great polyphonic works of the Renaissance through to exciting contemporary music, and to build an enthusiastic audience through imaginative programming and top-quality singing.
We also put on larger concerts, often in Durham Cathedral, in collaboration with our professional period instrument orchestra, the Durham Singers Ensemble. We have built an important outreach programme working with local schools, and with young singers from the North East, giving valuable performance experience to the stars of the future as they prepare for music college.
Next concert: 22 June 2013, Blessed Cecilia
The inspiration of Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia
Canticle I (Hugo Hymas, Tenor)
Anthems and solo songs
by Purcell, Britten, Walton and Holst.
New music by Julian Anderson and Ben Rowarth
22 June 2013, 7.30pm Elvet Methodist Church, Durham
Tickets £12 (£6 students and under-25)
St Matthew Passion
We have exciting plans lined up for the autumn. We are preparing a full performance of Bach's monumental St Matthew Passion, which will be performed in Durham Cathedral with our period instrument orchestra on 23 November. We're also inviting local singers to join us for a workshop day on 12 October, to join us in singing choruses and chorales, and exploring the work's historical, musical and spiritual context, under the guidance of Michael Sadgrove and Julian Wright. For more details, see our St Matthew Passion pages.
Listen here to a excerpt from our recording of The Scribe by Herbert Howells.