The University Chamber Choir appears in various sizes from small consort to larger forces up to around 75 singers according to the repertoire to be performed. Peter Seymour is the regular director of the ensemble and there are regular associations with University Baroque Ensemble. Members of the choir also sing in the University Choir.
The Choir has appeared at various prestigious festivals including Beverley Early Music Festival (2007) and York Early Music Festival – in 2007, 2008, 2010 with Robert Hollingworth and in programmes of Purcell (Masque from Fairy Queen and The Yorkshire Feast Song) with University Baroque Ensemble.
A smaller ensemble of the choir performs also as part of an Early Lieder Day on 8 February performing partsongs by Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. In July 2013, as part of York Early Music Festival, the Choir joined forces with Baroque Ensemble to perform Handel's music celebrating the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. In March 2013, Chamber Choir appeared in a live broadcast for BBC Radio 3 singing canons by Mozart and Justin Bieber's 'Beauty and the Beat' with counter tenor Robin Blaze and Baroque Ensemble which has had over 400,000 hits on YouTube.
Repertoire also includes 20th century choral classics, including Howells Requiem and works by Tippett, Parry, Stanford, Delius, Elgar and Vaughan Williams. There have also been programmes of Josquin & his contemporaries; English music from the 16th century; music from St Marks, Venice (Monteverdi to Cavalli); a programme of Purcell odes and anthems with strings; Cathedral music from 19th/20th centuries; music for Ash Wednesday.
University Chamber Choir is open to all University members, both staff and students, by audition. Auditions are held near the beginning of the Autumn term each year.
- 30 November 2016
Rejoice in the Lamb – English 20th Century Classics
(Britten, Finzi, Berkeley, Bairstow, Leighton)
- 8 March, 2017
Purcell – King Arthur
with University Baroque Ensemble
- 7 June 2017
The French School: Fauré Requiem and Duruflé motets
with University Chamber Orchestra