History

Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir was founded in December 1998 by its Musical Director Stephen Shellard. It comprises about 30 voices of men and women from around the Diocese of Worcester. The choir occasionally sings for Sunday Eucharist Services in the cathedral but more frequently Evensong and performs concerts and sings services both in the Diocese and beyond.

Major works in the recent repertoire include Bach’s St John’s Passion, Fauré’s and Duruflé’s Requiems, Brahms’ German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, St Nicholas and Ceremony of Carols and Rutter’s Magnificat.

In April 2003 the choir went to Dublin where it performed Duruflé’s Requiem in St Bartholomew’s Church and sang Evensong in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

In August 2005 the choir commissioned and sang canticles by Steven Kings for a Three Choirs Festival Evensong and the choir was also the resident semi chorus during that Festival. For the 2008 Three Choirs Festival the choir had its own concert in Tewkesbury Abbey with the Worcester Chamber Orchestra, formed by Stephen Shellard in 2006. This fulfilled his long held ambition to have a professional orchestra accompany the choir for at least two concerts a year.

The choir has recorded six CDs. You can read more details of these and hear some clips on the Audio Clips page. Five of the CDs are available for sale and you can buy online.

For future plans see the Events Poster Board page.