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 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.

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
  • Bach   St Matthew Passion
  • Brucker   Mass in E Minor
  • Carissimi   Historia di Jephte
  • Fauré   Requiem
  • 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   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.

Auditions

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