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 (2007 and 2016) and York Early Music Festival – in 2007, 2008, 2010 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.


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

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.

  • 29 November 2017
    Handel - Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 and Chandos Anthem 9: O Praise the Lord with one consent, HWV 254
    University Baroque Ensemble

  • 7 March 2018
    JS Bach- Easter and Acsension Oratorios with University Baroque Ensemble
  • 6 June 2018
    - Petite Messe solenelle