Keeping you updated with the latest news


13 June 2024
2023/24 season finishes at Christ Church


28 June 2023
A Rousing end to the 2022/23 Season with Viva Italia!
9 June 2023
Cathedral Visits - Summer 2023
12 May 2023
Simon Toyne appointed as our new Musical Director
20 March 2023
Dame Ethel Smyth Mass in D - A resounding success!
13 February 2023
The Ethel Smyth full score has arrived











2022/23 Season : Our Conductors

31 August 2022

At the end of May our current Musical Director, Lee Dunleavy, announced that he is stepping down from the choir - after fifteen years at the helm - as he begins training at Ripon College Cuddesdon for priesthood in the Church of England. Over the summer the choir’s committee have been working hard alongside Lee to adjust the planned 2022/23 season to accommodate this news.

Autumn 2022 - Lee Dunleavy
Christmas 2022 - Chris Ouvry-Johns

The Autumn Term of 2022 will begin with Lee Dunleavy's final concert with us, on 15 October 2022, in a performance of W.A. Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Exsultate, jubilate, alongside the UK première of Marianna Martines’s Quarta Messa. This concert sets the tone for the season Lee has curated, a season exploring the theme “Expanding the Canon” - we hear familiar favourites alongside unjustly neglected works by composers from a diverse range of backgrounds. The term will conclude with our Fanfares & Carols Christmas matinée on 3 December 2022, which will be guest conducted by Christopher Ouvry-Johns, Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral.

Spring 2023 - Laura Bailie
Spring 2023 - George Morton

The Spring Term of 2023 will be entirely focused on a very special performance on 18 March 2023 of Dame Ethel Smyth’s stunning choral tour-de-force, the Mass in D. This masterpiece will be performed in a new arrangement for reduced orchestral forces commissioned from George Morton, to be published by Wise Music Classical. George is a master at keeping the essence of the music in his orchestral reductions, and we hope that this scoring will for the first time make this great work available to the many choirs who simply cannot afford to hire the vast orchestration of Smyth’s original scoring. Alongside the Mass in D the concert will include a performance of the Violin Concerto No. 1 by a composer who knew Smyth well, Max Bruch. The concert will be guest conducted by Laura Bailie, who recently graduated with an MA in choral conducting from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Cathedral Visits 2023 - Hilary Punnett
Summer 2023 - Simon Toyne

The Summer Term of 2023 will welcome two guest conductors. Our “In Sacred Spaces” programme of cathedral visits continues with Choral Evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral on 22 May 2023 and Southwark Cathedral on 3 June 2023. These services will include Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Evening Service in F (he was born a stone’s throw from St Paul’s, and lived most of his life in the Diocese of Southwark) and the anthem will be Canadian composer Ruth Watson Henderson’s Psalm 150. The guest conductor for these visits is the British-Canadian choral conductor and former Organist of Chelmsford and Lincoln Cathedrals Hilary Punnett. Our concert this term will be on 24 June 2024 and, after an Autumn Term of music from the classical period, and Spring Term of music from the romantic period, we go back to the baroque for a programme of music by Handel (Dixit Dominus), Vivaldi (Gloria), and Leonarda (Magnificat and Sonata duodecimal), under the baton of guest conductor Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music of the David Ross Education Trust and Director of the Rodolfus Foundation Choral Courses.