City of Canterbury Chamber Choir


Catching Lives Christmas Concert

Our concert on 17 December is in support of Catching Lives.

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The number of Street homeless in Canterbury is on the raise. Official figures place this number at 50 but they believe the number is closer to 80 to 90.

From December until the end of February Catching Lives run the Canterbury Community Shelter where they can accommodate up to 20 people overnight.

Additionally, they partner with Canterbury City Council to provide emergency accommodation during the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol over these winter months.

A small donation of £20 will feed a homeless person for a week allowing them to access our facilities for cleaning, washing etc.

By supporting this concert, you can help reserve a place for dinner this Christmas for many of their clients.

Concert dates for 2017/18

Catching Lives Christmas Concert - also featuring Elham Valley Voices
Sunday 17 December, 3.30pm
Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys

Other dates for your diary - programme to be announced
Sunday 18 March, 6.30pm
St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury

Sunday 15 July, 6.30pm
St Gregory and St Martin's Church, Wye

Sunday 7 October, 6.30pm
St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury

Edward-Rhys Harry appointed Music Director

We are proud to announce the appointment of Edward-Rhys Harry as our new Music Director.

Edward is a conductor, voice coach, composer, arranger, organist and adjudicator, working across the UK and internationally. His studies at the University of Wales included composition and voice; he subsequently studied choral conducting under (inter alia) Simon Halsey and Adrian Partington. He is about to submit his dissertation for a PhD in composition.

He is the artistic director of Chamber Choir Wales, a professional chamber choir. Additionally, he runs his own chamber choir, the Harry Ensemble, which promotes British choral music overseas.

He is MD of the London Welsh Chorale and the Reading Festival Chorus; internationally he is Artistic Director of Voces Volgograd, a choral festival in south-eastern Russia.

Based in London, he is keen to work with an amateur choir which is explicitly supportive of living composers' work.

Edward's first concert with the choir will be on Sunday 8 October 2017 with a programme that includes Mozart's Requiem. More to follow.....!

Music Director vacancy

The City of Canterbury Chamber Choir is seeking a new Conductor and Music Director, following the retirement after 21 years of its founding director, George Vass. The post carries a rehearsal and concert fee. It is hoped that the new candidate will be in place for the first concert of the 2017/18 season in October 2017.

The choir is a group of between 30 and 35 amateur singers with a proud tradition of quality and innovation. The standard of musicianship within the group is high; within a rehearsal pattern of two Sunday rehearsals plus a final rehearsal on concert day, the choir presents varied and challenging programmes, with a current emphasis on British choral music from the early 20th century to the present day, promoting and performing the works of living composers.

2017 concerts

Sunday 7 May 2017 at 6.30pm
The Parish Church of St Clement, Sandwich, Kent
A programme celebrating the 70th birthday of Paul Patterson and remembering Rosemary Dunn. A fundraising concert in aid of the Deal Festival and St Clement's Church, Sandwich.
Come early for a free pre-concert talk at 6pm with composers Cecilia McDowall and Paul Patterson talking to Music Director George Vass.

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Sunday 2 July 2017 at 6.30pm
The Parish Church of St Gregory and St Martin, Wye, Kent

Sunday 8 October 2017 at 6.30pm
St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury, Kent

Christmas Concert for Catching Lives

2016 concerts

After a fabulous Christmas concert in aid of 'Catching Lives' at St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury last night, the choir has planned forward with three concerts for 2016 - full details will follow soon, but here are some dates for your diaries:

Sunday 15 May 2016 at 6.30pm
St Clement's Church, Sandwich
Music to celebrate Shakespeare 400

Sunday 24 July 2016 at 6.30pm
The Parish Church of St Mary of Charity, Faversham
Our annual John McCabe memorial concert

Sunday 9 October 2016 at 6.30pm
St Paul's Church, Canterbury
Twenty-first anniversary concert

Keep checking this website for future updates and follow us on Twitter and Facebook too!

We have some other fantastic news - after many years as featured composer, Cecilia McDowall has agreed to be our new President - an extremely popular choice with choir members and audience.

City of Canterbury Chamber Choir at the Presteigne Festival in 2012