Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir was founded in 1980-81 and was established originally to support the liturgy 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 feast days, including Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Ascension, and All Souls. It also performs in a range of services, concerts and events both in the Cathedral and more widely.
LCCC is directed by Martyn Rawles, Cathedral Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral and has over thirty members at full strength. Its founding conductor was Peter King, then Assistant Organist at Lichfield Cathedral, followed by other Organists and Assistant Directors of Music at the Cathedral including Mark Shepherd, Nigel Argust and Alex Mason. Both Cathy and Ben Lamb have also conducted the choir over the years.
In recent years the choir has made several live broadcasts as part of the BBC Radio 4 ‘Sunday Worship’ series. It has also made appearances at many other cathedrals, including Westminster Abbey, Durham, Winchester and Chichester, and more recently at York Minster. LCCC has had a long association with the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, and regularly contributes to special services including Armistice Day. Over the years the choir has made recordings and enjoyed tours in the UK and to Europe.
LCCC celebrated its 35 year anniversary in 2017 with a concert which featured all the choir’s musical directors, plus as many of previous choir members as were possible to contact. It was a memorable occasion.
The choir's 40th anniversary was marked with a concert inspired by 17th century literature and linked to the 'Library and Legacy' exhibition running concurrently in the Cathedral. Highlights of the programme included 'Lo, the full, final sacrifice' (Finzi), 'Five Mystical Songs' (Vaughan Williams), and a highly unusual work 'A music strange' (George Jeffreys).
The choir’s repertoire covers a broad spectrum from early music to contemporary compositions, with lighter secular pieces being included in the programme for some concerts. Members come from all walks of life and have varied musical backgrounds. Everyone enjoys meeting together, as well as being able to sing wonderful programmes of music both in rehearsals and services in the Cathedral. We are all inspired by singing in such an historical and special place and by being part of the Cathedral team.
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