Newbury Chamber Choir
Newbury Chamber Choir

Forthcoming concerts:

Saturday 19 November 2016
7.30 pm St John's Church, Newbury

Zelenka: Magnificat
Haydn: Cello Concerto
Bach: Mass in F major BWV 233

Lydia Hillerudh (cello)
Victor Jacob (conductor)

The Czech composer Zelenka was a friend of Bach's, who held him in great esteem. The Newbury Chamber Choir completes its cycle of Bach's four short Masses, we are joined by a wonderful young cellist from Sweden to play Haydn's ever-popular concerto and a talented young French conductor makes a guest appearance.


Sunday 5 February 2017
pm St John's Church, Newbury

Biber: Requiem in F minor
Vespers ˆ 32 (1674)

A very rare chance to hear works by this fine seventeenth century composer. Famous for his violin virtuosity, he also wrote beautiful and expansive choral settings designed to reverberate around the immense spaces of the cathedral in Salzburg where he lived.


Saturday 8 April 2017
7.30 pm St John's Church, Newbury

Anon (12thC): The Visit to the Sepulchre
St Matthew Passion
Arvo P‰rt: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis ancient musical drama, the story of Easter and spiritual minimalism from the most celebrated of contemporary composers.


Saturday 17 June 2017
7.30 pm venue tba

Cabaret Gala: An Englishman on Broadway

Julian Edwards (1855-1910), a Mancunian, was as succesful in New York as Gilbert & Sullivan were in London. His musical shows dominated Broadway for over a decade and this concert presents a unique opportunity to find out why!


Sunday 12 November 2017
pm St John's Church, Newbury

Lotti: Requiem ˆ 4
Domenico Scarlatti:
Two Motetes
Alessandro Scarlatti: Mass ˆ 4

A Sunday afternoon of choral music from the Italian baroque.


Saturday 16 December 2017
pm St John's Church, Newbury

Handel: Messiah

The choir's last performance of Messiah in 2013 was widely regarded as especially compelling. In the atmospheric surroundings of St John's Church in the run-up to Christmas, this concert will definitely be one not to miss!


'The Pride of Newbury'



" inspirational performance."

"Newbury should be proud to have musicians of this standard who clearly enjoy making music with their director."


"...clear, resonant voices."

"Three cheers for Newbury Chamber Choir in making this complex piece come alive and providing more than two hours of entertainment under their indefatigable conductor Edward Lambert. Arrayed in a rainbow of shirts, they sung with enthusiasm and conviction..."

"I was taken aback by the sheer vitality of this performance... The choir rose to this challenge admirably with impressively crisp intonation and an excellent balance between the four voice parts."

"... the entire ensemble performed this work with great passion, vigour and credibility and I suspect this shall remain a stand-out Messiah in my mind for years to come." (NWN 5/12/13)

The Newbury Chamber Choir was founded as the Newbury Singers by Gerald Finzi in the 1940Õs. Giving four or five concerts a year it has become known for reviving works outside the mainstream choral repertory and presenting them in new and accessible ways, as well as for the quality of its performances of more familiar pieces. The choirÕs concerts have spanned several centuries of music - from the thirteenth to the twenty-first. Often drawing on the many superb performers who live in the area our concerts give valuable opportunities to young artists as well as professionals and for music of the 17th and 18th centuries we employ musicians playing ÔperiodÕ instruments.

The choir is supported by the Greenham Common Trust and Newbury Building Society.

See our interesting archive of concert programmes for information on past concerts.

Recent guest conductors: Stephen Westrop, Paul Robinson

Recent soloists include: Jacqueline Pischorn, Jeanette Ager, Siona Stockel, Ben Alden, Catherine Rogers, Christopher Gillet, Ian Caddy, Paul Robinson, Marcus Farnsworth, Joanna Soane, Clare Bessent, Nicola Wydenbach, Callum Thorpe, Kristy Swift, Katrina Damigos, Peter Wilman, Jeremy Hagan, Jake Gill, Christopher Diffey, Joanna Hodgson, Kay Douglass, Janet Coxwell, Madeleine Sexton, Adam Tunnicliffe, Louise Wayman, Simon Grange, William Wallace, Gordon Fry, Elaine McKrill

Instrumental soloists include: David Owen Norris, James Toll, Elizabeth Drew, Hannah Medlam, Lukas Medlam, Rebecca Millard, Patrick Rutland, Madeleine Millar, Lynda Sayce, Theresa Caudle, Andrew Kerr, Michael Brain, Emily White, Nigel Gardner, Simon de Souza

We have also worked with actors Don Crerar, Peter Terry and Stan Pretty and the Ace Dance Company