Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir has around 35 members and is directed by Martyn Rawles, Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral. Originally established to support during the Choral Foundation's holidays, the role of the choir has grown to encompass singing for services as part of many of the Cathedral's principal feasts (including Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Ascension and All Soul's).
Repertoire covers a broad spectrum from early music such as Tallis through to more contemporary composers such as Todd and MacMillan. Lighter pieces are also performed at some concerts.
The Choir achieves high standards and derives much pleasure from this.
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The choir regularly provides the music for special services at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, including Armistice Day.
The choir has taken part in a number of acclaimed broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship. It has also made appearances at other cathedrals, including Westminster Abbey, Durham, Winchester and Chichester Cathedrals, and York Minster.
The choir was established in 1980-81, to sing services during the Cathedral Choir's holidays. It was founded by Peter King, then Assistant Organist at Lichfield Cathedral and until a few years ago, Organist at Bath Abbey. The choir has had four Musical Directors: Peter King was followed by Mark Shepherd, now Director of Music at Charterhouse, and then Nigel Argust, previous Director of Music at King Edward VI High School for Girls. He preceded our current director, Martyn Rawles.
The choir celebrated its 35 years existence in 2016 by organising a concert which featured all the choir’s conductors, plus as many of previous choir members as were possible to contact – a memorable occasion. Plans are now afoot for a 40 year celebration.