About the choir
Epsom Chamber Choir is a group of around 35 mixed voices based in Epsom, Surrey.
We perform three or four public concerts each year mostly in the church of St Martin of Tours, Epsom, making the most of the superb acoustic of Epsom’s largest historical building.
The choir strives to attain the highest standards and has acquired the reputation of being one of the leading choirs in the area.
Our musical repertoire is extensive, both sacred and secular; from masses and oratorios to madrigals and part songs, with composers from Bach to Bernstein, Tallis to Tavener, and Mozart to Mancini.
The choir frequently performs a cappella, but also works with small orchestras, bands or instrumentalists as programmes require. Recent performances include Haydn’s Nelson Mass, the Mozart Vespers, Bach’s St John Passion and Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass. Other composers whose works we perform regularly include Eric Whitacre, John Rutter and Ralph Vaughan Williams to name but a few.
Since the choir was formed back in 1969 we have performed at venues as varied as St. James’ Piccadilly, the Southbank Centre, Great Malvern Priory and the Ritz hotel, as well as singing services in a number of cathedrals including St. Paul’s, Ely, St. Albans, Gloucester and, of course, Guildford.
We tour abroad from time to time, the last being to Chantilly, Epsom’s twin town, and which included a concert in the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.
The choir has a long association with the National Trust at Clandon Park where, until the devastating fire that destroyed the building back in 2015, we sang an annual Christmas concert in the marble hall. The event continues but is now held elsewhere.
In 2016 the choir premiered a new work by the choir’s then conductor, Piers Maxim. The oratorio “The Musket Ball”, performed in the chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, recounted the tragic tale of the execution of Admiral John Byng in 1757.
Epsom Chamber Choir took part in the Epsom In Harmony Choral Festival in July 2016 where local choirs joined with those from France, Germany and Belgium in a festival concert at Epsom College.
Currently we have vacancies for tenors and basses. If you have choral experience, good sight-reading and are committed to high standards, please contact us using the “Contact us” link on this website. We rehearse on Thursday evenings over three terms, autumn, spring and summer. Admission to the choir is by audition.
Epsom Chamber Choir is a Registered Charity number 1026721.
We are affiliated to Making Music.
The choir is very grateful for the continuing support of The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust.