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Somerset Chamber Choir was formed in 1984 by former members of Somerset Youth Choir.
Since its foundation, the choir has established an enviable reputation for the quality
of its concerts, presenting its audience not only with impressive programmes of varied
and innovative repertoire, but also attracting the highest calibre of musicians to
perform in Somerset, such as our Patron Emma Kirkby, James Bowman and Elizabeth Watts.
You can see full details of the works performed, soloists and press reviews of our
past concerts, plus details of our upcoming concerts, on the concerts page.
The choir stages two annual concerts: one at Wells Cathedral in summer and one at
King’s College Chapel, Taunton in winter. The choir’s size of around 60-70 singers
means it can tackle a wide range or works, from a cappella renaissance polyphony,
through baroque and classical music, to large-scale 20th century works with orchestra.
The choir does not hold weekly rehearsals: it meets for six weekends per year (mainly
in school and university holiday periods) to prepare intensively for these concerts.
This makes it possible for people who have roots in Somerset, but work or study elsewhere,
to be full members of the choir. Indeed, it is it is a mark of the choir's musical
and social success that many members travel considerable distances to take part in
rehearsals and concerts. The choir continues to recruit from the county’s most talented
young singers - find out about membership here.
Did you know... that the Somerset Chamber Choir logo is formed in the shape of a tree
using the outlines of both the map of Somerset and Glastonbury Tor? Hover your mouse
over the logo to see..
About Somerset Chamber Choir
Somerset Chamber Choir at Wells Cathedral. July 2011
’A very impressive organisation’ SOMERSET COUNTY GAZETTE