University Chamber Choir

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 and York Early Music Festival and in programmes of Purcell (Masque from Fairy Queen, King Arthur, St Cecilia's Day Ode and The Yorkshire Feast Song) with University Baroque Ensemble.

Repertoire 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.

Selected repertoire

  • Bach, CPE   Die letzten Leiden des Erlösers
  • Bach, JS   B Minor Mass
  • Bach, JS   Cantatas 4, 61, 106, 110, 191
  • Bach, JS   Christmas Oratorio
  • Bach, JS   Motets
  • Bach, JS  Magnificat
  • Bach, JS   St John Passion
  • Bach, JS   St Matthew Passion
  • Bernstein   Chichester Psalms
  • Britten   Rejoice in the Lamb
  • Brucker   Mass in E Minor
  • Carissimi   Historia di Jephte
  • Duruflé   Motets
  • Fauré   Requiem
  • Finzi   Lo, the full final sacrifice
  • Handel   Acis and Galatea
  • Handel   Dixit Dominus
  • Handel   Israel in Eygpt
  • Handel   Semele
  • Haydn, J   Die Jahreszeiten
  • Haydn, J  Harmoniemesse
  • Haydn, M  Requiem  
  • Jeffreys   anthems
  • Martin  Mass
  • Monteverdi  Vespers 1610
  • Monteverdi  Missa in illo tempore
  • Mozart   Missae brevi and motets
  • Mozart   Requiem
  • Purcell   The Fairy Queen
  • Purcell   King Arthur
  • Purcell   St Cecilia's Day Ode
  • Purcell   The Yorkshire Feast Song
  • Purcell   anthems and odes with strings
  • Scarlatti, D  Stabat Mater
  • Schubert   Mass in A Flat
  • Schütz  St John Passion
  • Sheppard  Media vita
  • Stanley  Jeptha
  • Stravinsky  Les Noces
  • Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms
  • Tallis  Spem in alium
  • Taverner   Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas
  • Vaughan Williams An Oxford Elegy
  • Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
  • Vivaldi  Gloria



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.

Concerts 2018/2019

  • 28 November 2018
    O Sing unto the Lord - Odes and anthems by Purcell and Blow
    University Baroque Ensemble

  • 6 March 2019
    The English Choral Tradition - Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Tippett Five Negro Spirituals from A Child of our Time, Aston Haec Dies, Parry Hear my words, Stanford Three Motets Op. 38, with Ben Horden organ
  • 5 June 2019
     - Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52, Neue Liebeslieder Op. 65, Zigeunerlieder Op. 103 (1888)