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Chapter House Choir York - Choir

Biography of Chapter House Choir York:

The Chapter House choir was founded in 1965 by Andrew Carter with a number of Minster Songmen and their wives to raise money for the York Minster Appeal Fund. Andrew Carter conducted the choir until 1983. Under his leadership the choir established its position as one of the foremost amateur choirs in the country, giving regular concerts at home and abroad in Holland, Germany and ltaly as well as broadcasting for the BBC and making recordings. Between 1983 and 1990 the choir was conducted by Peter Young and Andrew Padmore. Trips to Hungary and Vienna were made during this time and the choir reached the semi-finals of the Sainsbury Choir of the Year Competition. The present conductor, Jane Sturmheit, took over in 1990 and since then the choir has continued to thrive. The choir, which currently has around 30 members, gives 4 concerts a year in the Chapter House or sometimes in other parts of the Minster, including the much loved Carols by Candlelight, now regularly broadcast by the BBC. The choir also finds time to put on lighter concerts in the York area in aid of charity. Recent "Firsts" have included two Daily Services for Radio 4 and singing at the first Ordination Service for women priests in the Minster. The choir has undertaken a most enjoyable trip to Prague and made an appearance on Noel's House Party for BBC1 television. Significant past events include a concert to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Foundation of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, a concert in the Swaledale Festival, and a joint concert with the North Country Chorus from Vermont USA. Future events include a possible return visit to Vermont in the Autumn of 1998 and an ambitious project to perform and record some of Andrew Carter's larger works with orchestra. The choir has recently featured in BBC tv's Songs of Praise. Over the years the choir has had pieces written for it and has commissioned new works from local and nationally known composers including the choir's founder conductor Andrew Carter. (c) 1997 Gill Jones

CD's with Chapter House Choir York
Christmas with the Chapter House Choir in York Minster

ArtNr. GMCD 7166

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