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Chapel Choir

The University Chapel Choir is a university-wide organisation run by the Senior Organ Scholar with assistance from the Junior Organ Scholar. Rehearsals are twice weekly at lunchtimes for 45 minutes. The choir sings in the University Chapel for Choral Evensong on Tuesdays around 3 times per semester, Choral Eucharist on Sundays once or twice per semester, and provides the music for a number of official university functions throughout the year. In addition, visits to sing services at nearby cathedrals happen regularly, and in the last year the choir has sung at York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral and Beverley Minster. Plans are being made to return to the same venues next year.

Chapel Choir

Any member of the University, with or without experience of singing in the Anglican Choral Tradition, who is able to commit themselves is most welcome to join the choir at any time. Rehearsals will commence during the first fortnight of the semester.

Recent and Other Notable Organ Scholars

  • Jonathan Wragg (2006-)
  • Richard McVeigh (2002-05), later organ scholar of Chester Cathedral and York Minster and now Assistant Organist at Winchester Cathedral
  • Marcus Wibberley (2000-2003), now sub-organist and Diocesan music adviser at Portsmouth Cathedral
  • Robert Poyser (1997-2000), later organ scholar at York Minster, sub-organist and Director of Music at the Minster School, Assistant Director at Chelmsford Cathedral, and now Director of Music at Beverley Minster
  • Douglas Hollick, recitalist and recording artist, harpsichord/fortepiano builder & restorer
  • David Saint, Vice-Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire & Senior Organ Tutor, Professor of Birmingham City University, Organist and Director of Music at Saint Chad's Metropolitan Cathedral in Birmingham
  • Kenneth Tickell, Kenneth Tickell and Company Ltd are one of the UK's leading pipe organ designers and builders
  • Simon Taranczuk, Director of Music, Kings School, Rochester
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