Hampstead Chamber Choir offers varied, appealing and challenging programmes, performed and presented to a high standard of musicianship. Our repertoire mix is distinctive, ranging from plainchant and a cappella polyphony, via traditional Classical and Romantic masterworks, to music by contemporary composers.
Under the guidance of a professional conductor and accompanist we aspire to perform to the highest level. We rehearse weekly, giving three or four concerts a year. Membership is by audition.
We sing for the joy of singing, but genuine commitment is required. Members are expected to attend rehearsals regularly, and be willing to work at improving their voice and musicianship, both within rehearsals and in their own time. The rewards can be great, musically and socially: in a choir of some forty people every voice counts, while our size fosters a friendly, supportive atmosphere.
The choir is something of a local institution, having an unbroken tradition of singing in Hampstead for over three decades. Under founder-conductor George Woodcock it was originally known as Rosslyn Hill Choir. The choir was conducted for several years by the distinguished professional singer Eamonn Dougan. Then David Allinson took over from September 2006 to December 2009. Iestyn Evans was our conductor from January 2010 until Easter 2014 and we are very pleased to have Dominic Brennan at the helm from September 2014.