The University Choir is a chorus of around 250 voices drawn from students and staff of the University as well as the general public from the surrounding area.
Singing in University Choir is a fantastic opportunity and a great pleasure. The size and sound of the choir is massive. It is wonderful to be able to share our department’s musical expertise with the York community and be able to sing extremely large and often rarely-performed choral pieces.
Anna, 3rd year
Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings during term and the choir usually gives three concerts in each academic year.
Concert programmes feature a wide variety of pieces, from later Baroque to 20th century, and focus on large-scale repertoire usually performed with orchestra. The choir has performed with University Orchestra as well as outside professional orchestras; most recently the Orchestra of Opera North, Northern Sinfonia and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists.
Soloists appearing with the choir are of a high calibre and in recent seasons have included:
Catherine Bott, Lynne Dawson, Wendy Goodson, Viki Hart, Julie Kennard, Emma Kirkby, Mhairi Lawson, Joanne Lunn, Katherine Manley, Nicola Mills, Helen Neeves, Rachel Nichols, Lynda Russell, Carolyn Sampson, Bethany Seymour, Yvonne Seymour, Catrin Woodruff; Jeanette Agar, Susan Bickley, Robin Blaze, James Bowman, Frances Coad, Catherine Denley, Anna Harvey, Margot Oitzinger, Joanne Rondell, Vanessa Williamson; Joseph Cornwell, Charles Daniels, Jason Darnell, Joshua Ellicott, James Gilchrist, Martyn Hill, Nicholas Mulroy, James Oxley, Adrian Thompson, William Knight; Tom Appleton, Matthew Brook, Michael George, Thomas Guthrie, Glenville Hargreaves, Peter Harvey, Johnny Herford, Richard Jackson, Stephan Loges, Russell Smythe, Mark Rowlinson, David Thomas, Julian Tovey, Stephen Varcoe, Roderick Williams.
The choir is open to all. University members, both staff and students, can join without audition - contact Catherine Duncan for registration details; non-university members are required to audition and should contact Catherine Duncan to arrange a time.
University Choir Concerts
- JS Bach: Cantatas
23 November 2016
- Rachmaninov Vespers
Bruckner Mass in E minor
15 March 2017
- Berlioz Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale
Walton Crown Imperial & Belshazzar's Feast
14 June 2017