If you enjoy singing with the Main Choir and feel like stretching yourself to perform a more challenging repertoire, do consider joining Barts Chamber Choir. Rehearsals focus on the interpretation of the music, the sound of the choir and developing the overall performance. There are normally 4 or 5 rehearsals for each concert and you will be expected to have learnt your part in your own time before the first rehearsal.

To join, you must pass a straightforward singing test. The purpose is to test tone, basic intonation and rhythm, to confirm which voice part you sing, and ensure we have a good blend of voices. The tests will be taken by Ivor and Chris and last about five minutes. During the test you will be asked to sing a short piece of music of your own choosing and to do a few exercises such as sight-reading, repeating a phrase or singing scales or arpeggios.


The next Chamber Choir concert will be on Saturday 28 April at 6pm at St Giles-in-the-Field, with our guest conductor Julian Perkins. There are vacancies in every voice part and we are inviting main choir members to come forward and share the excitement of singing in a smaller group, more challenging repertoire, often in 8 parts. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or talk to Maria Ramos at a rehearsal for further information or if you would like to take a singing test. You can take the test with Ivor at the end of a Monday rehearsal, or come to the first chamber rehearsal on Thu 22 March to try it out, then take the test at the end with Julian. Do get in touch even if you are not quite sure yet, so that we can keep you updated. Be brave, we need you!

Rehearsal schedule: Thu 22 March, Sat 14 April, Wed 18 April, Sat 21 April, Thu 26 April - weekdays 18.45-20.45, Saturdays 12-14.00. All rehearsals at St Giles-in-the-Fields, 60 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LG.

Provisional repertoire: Byrd, Sing joyfully; Stanford, Three motets; Holst, three folksongs; Dodgson, Lines from Hal Summers; Gibbons, O clap your hands; Parsons, Ave Maria; Britten, A hymn to the Virgin. Also two piano pieces by Stephen Dodgson. 


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