News 2013

28th June - 10th July - Tour to the Baltic States

Following the success of recent CD recordings by composers from the Baltic States, the choir will tour Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia this summer. Highlights of the tour will include concerts in the cathedrals of Kaunas and Riga, a joint concert with the Latvian youth choir BALSIS, a concert with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra to be broadcast on Estonian radio and giving the opening concert of the Viljandi Early Music Festival.

For more information visit our Tours page.


June - July 2013 - The Choir establish links with the critically acclaimed King's Singers

The choir are delighted to have been invited to perform with the King's Singers at Cadogan Hall on the 15th June. The King’s Singers are one of the world’s most celebrated ensembles who champion the work of both young and established composers. For this concert the King’s Singers will join forces with Gwilym Simcock (piano) and Malcolm Creese (double-bass) to pay tribute to two jazz and classical masters, Richard Rodney Bennett and George Shearing. The Choir of Royal Holloway will perform two pieces by Richard Rodney Bennett, including one written especially for the choir last year, not long before the composer’s death. In July The Royal Holloway Campus, member of the choir and Rupert Gough play host to the King's Singer's first UK summer school.

For more information about the concert visit our Diary page.



12th - 13th July - The Choir of Royal Holloway perform at the Cheltenham Festival

The concert on 12th July with Dame Felicity Lott includes world premières by Antony Pitts and Gabriel Jackson together with music by Britten and Poulenc. For the concert on 13th July at Gloucester Cathedral the choir will join forces with the City of London Sinfonia, the Holst Singers and the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge. This concert will be conducted by Stephen Layton.

For more information visit our Diary page.



July 2013 - Kreek's Notebook - Spiritual Songs from the Baltics will be released

The choir's latest CD recording will be launched at a special Midweek Music concert on 5th June prior to the official release date in July. The main work on this fascinating album is based on Estonian folk hymns collected in the early twentieth century by Cyrillus Kreek. In writing Kreek's Notebook, Tõnu Kõrvits pays homage to Kreek while presenting a contemporary view of folk hymns. The disc has already won critical acclaim and International Record Review praise the Choir of Royal Holloway's, "Spellbinding performance". The CD will soon be available to purchase from this website.

To watch a short promotional video, click HERE

  Philips Cantiones sacrae


23rd January 2013 – In Tune - BBC 3 Radio 3

The Choir of Royal Holloway performed the following programme live from the studio:

Tomás Luis de Victoria – O quam gloriosum
John Bull – In the departure of the Lord
Arturs Maskats – L­ūgums naktij    (Prayer to the night)
Arvo Pärt – Bogoroditse Devo
Tõnu Kõrvits – Nüüd ole Jeesus, kiidetud (May Jesus, Thee be praised)

  In Tune

9th January 2013 – BBC 3 Radio 3 live broadcast from the Chapel of Royal Holloway - Evensong sequence for Epiphany

The service included Jonathan Dove's, Seek his that maketh the seven stars and a new work, These Kynges came from the East by Barry Ferguson.

  2nd December 2011 – Popular annual Carol Service to be broadcast on our website.