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Choir appear in the Albert Hall Festival of Remembrance

The Choir of Royal Holloway was chosen to lead the closing act of worship at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2014 at the Albert Hall. As a part of the event, which was broadcast live on BBC 1 TV in the presence of HM The Queen and The Royal Family, the choir joined the cast of "War Horse" as Philips Cantiones sacraewell as giving the première of a new commission to mark the100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 from Paul Mealor. The new piece, a setting of John McRae's powerful "In Flanders Fields" will be performed by the Choir of Royal Holloway,the military band from the Household Division together with The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra.


Choir of Royal Holloway signs with EPAM Philips Cantiones sacrae

We are delighted to announce that we have begun a partnership with Edition Peters Artist Mangement. The agency represents a select number of composers, conductors and internationally succesful ensembles including Voces8, however we are the only choir. Robin Tyson, former King's Singers and Director of EPAM, says: "I've admired Rupert Gough and the Choir at Royal Holloway for some time and am thrilled to be working with one of the best university choirs in the country, developing their concerts and touring".


The King's Singers - Ensemble in Residence

Royal Holloway is delighted to announce that the King's Singers are now our Ensemble in Residence. Over the next three years members of this world-renowned vocal ensemble will work closely with our choral scholars. One-per-part A Cappella singing is now a key part of the overall training of the choir and the benefits of this intense training are already apparent in the choir's performances. Our six small ensembles clearly loved the passion, brilliant insight and good humour that Timothy Wayne-Wright and Christopher Bruerton brought to our music-making and we look forward to performing with the whole group on 21st January 2015 at Royal Holloway.


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.


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.

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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


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


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)

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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 him 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.  

News 2012

November 2012 – Philips: Cantiones sacrae octonis vocibus (1613)

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This new recording features the 8-part motets of Peter Philips (1560/1-1628) and will officially be released on February 25th 2013, 400 years since the music was first published in Antwerp. Many of these stunning motets have never been recorded before.
The choir are joined by the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble in an attempt to recreate authentic sounds from the early 17th century. Although an Englishman, Philips lived in Brussels in exile because of his Catholic faith and, following a period of study in Italy, his compositions took on a distinctly southern European style.
For this recording all new editions were prepared by former Royal Holloway Director of Chapel Music, Prof. Lionel Pike.

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19th March 2012 – Tickets go on sale for the choir's next collaboration with Acoustic Triangle.

The Choir of Royal Holloway and Acoustic Triangle, a choir and an improvising jazz trio, are not likely candidates for an ensemble partnership. However, in recent years the two critically acclaimed groups have joined forces to create exciting new programmes melding traditional choral sounds and contemporary jazz. From new compositions by the trio's leader, Tim Garland, to re-workings of Allegri's classic Miserere mei the two have performed to audiences all over England and are excited to appear on stage together once more at St George's, Bristol on 5th May. This concert will look ahead to their appearance at the Swaledale Festival later in the month, where they will premiere a new commission by Richard Rodney Bennett – another musician who is no stranger to mixing the classical and jazz forms.

To book your tickets to the Choir of Royal Holloway with Acoustic Triangle - 7.30pm, 5th May, St George's Bristol please visit the St George's Bristol website.

Read more about Acoustic Triangle (Tim Garland – saxophones, Malcolm Creese – double bass, Gwilym Simcock – piano) on their website.

View PDF poster.

  19th March 2012 – Tickets go on sale for the choir’s next collaboration with Acoustic Triangle

27th February 2012 – 'Endless Border: Choral works by Bo Hansson' is released for public sale by Hyperion Records.

The choir's most recent disc, entitled 'Endless Border', is now on sale to the general public. Recorded in Douai Abbey, nr Reading, in January 2011, this disc focuses on the output of Swedish composer, Bo Hansson. This is what Hyperion Records say about the disc:

"The Swede Bo Hansson is a man of many talents: a guitarist, and a composer of a wide range of music in folk and jazz idioms. Choral music might be a relatively recent departure for him but its roots run deep, back to the days of his childhood when he sang as a treble in his local choir. He has observed that 'the human voice is the closest you can come to your soul' and in that search he writes music that demands much of its performers in its sustained intensity of sound, a penchant for a cappella and a fresh way with word-setting even in the most established of texts, as in the darting energy of the Gloria from the Missa brevis.

Rupert Gough and his Royal Holloway Choir are no strangers to Hyperion, having previously made waves in music by Baltic composers Miškinis and Dubra. Here's yet another sign that he's one of the most exciting choral conductors of his generation."

Listen to samples of the disc here, and buy your copy here.

  27th February 2012 – 'Endless Border: Choral works by Bo Hansson' is released for public sale by Hyperion Records.

14th February 2012 – The choir broadcasts BBC Radio 3 Evensong from St Alban the Martyr, Holborn.

Catch the choir live in our living room, kitchen or car, on BBC Radio 3 as they broadcast the service of Choral Evensong live on Wednesday 15th February. In a musical programme to include Pärt's canticles, and anthems by Vytautas Miskinis and Bo Hansson, the choir is set to show off their specialty of Baltic and European music in the very church that they recorded their recent discs of Baltic music.

Unfortunately this service is unavailable to listen again. Listen to samples of the motets performed here.

  14th February 2012 – The choir broadcasts BBC Radio 3 Evensong from St Alban the Martyr, Holborn.

12th January 2012 – The choir enjoys a week working with Hyperion and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.

Our next disc to be released on the Hyperion Records label will be of Peter Philips' 8-part motets. The choir spent an enjoyable week recording the disc in early January at St Alban the Martyr in Holborn. Our choral scholars were very lucky to work with the distinguished early musicians of the ECSE, experiencing performing in quarter comma mean tone and taking their guidance in matters of phrasing and interpretation. Look out for the disc later this year!

  12th January 2012 – The choir enjoys a week working with Hyperion and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble

News 2011

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

We have been able to install new state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment into the chapel thanks to a legacy gift. As a result, we are now able to video the Service of Lessons and Carols and broadcast on our website for those who are unable to be with us. This also gives those who were there the opportunity to watch again. Supporters far and wide can join in with this popular occasion and also use the choir to add to the festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas.

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

23rd November 2011 - New Friends of Royal Holloway Choirs scheme launched.

We are delighted that alumna, Dame Felicity Lott, has agreed to become Patron of the new membership scheme for friends and benefactors. The Choir of Royal Holloway has enjoyed an artistic relationship with Dame Felicity and indeed look forward to working with her further in the future. Officially launched at the annual St Cecilia Concert & Dinner, this membership scheme seeks to create better communication between the choirs at Royal Holloway and their supporters, offering exclusive benefits to those who offer support at the higher levels.

Would you like to learn more about how you can support choral singing at Royal Holloway? Read more on our Support page.


14th October 2011 - Choral and Organ Scholarships increased in times of financial hardship.

In a time of severe financial doubt for current and future University students, the Choir of Royal Holloway is excited to be able to increase the value of their scholarships. Choral scholarships, funded by the Santander Universities Scheme, have been increased to a maximum of £750 and Organ scholarships up to a maximum of £1,500.

Would you benefit from the experience of becoming a choral or organ scholar with the Choir of Royal Holloway? Learn more about how to apply for a scholarship here.

  14th October 2011 - Choral and Organ Scholarships increased in times of financial hardship.

30th September 2011 – New website launched at

The Choir of Royal Holloway is excited to launch a new website at our same address now providing an area to come and listen to sound samples, watch videos, learn more about the choir and their work, buy recordings, book tickets and sign up to support the choir.
What do you like about the site? Is there anything not on here that you would like to be included? Let us know what you think at

  30th September 2011 – New website launched at