Founded in 1970, the Saint Richard Singers can lay claim to being the oldest chamber choir in Chichester.
The Saint Richard Singers, based in the centre of Chichester, is a 20-strong chamber choir with a professional Director of Music. We currently put on two or three major concerts per year including an annual appearance at the Festival of Chichester.
We sing both a cappella works and with organ accompaniment, but occasionally we sing with a chamber orchestra and professional soloists.
The Choir's repertoire is wide, drawing on music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, ranging from the sacred to the light-hearted. Although most of the Choir's performances are in the local area, it has performed widely through the South of England, including performances as far apart as Beaulieu Abbey and the Mansion House in London.
We rehearse each Monday evening at St. George's Church, Whyke. It is a beautiful church with a wonderful acoustic - one of the best in the city, and we are fortunate to call it home.
IN 2020 and 2021 our rehearsals and public concerts were suspended due to COVID-19. However, we have rehearsed and "performed" virtually and also hosted a Public Come & Sing event in February & March 2021 which attracted entries from the US.
We sang our first post-Pandemic Concert in December 2021 and at the beginning of 2022 find ourselves much smaller than we were only two years ago. However, this is the size at which the choir started 50 years ago, so we have returned to our roots: singing Cathedral Music repertoire and Madrigals composed for a choir of this size.
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