Borough Chamber Choir was first formed in 2009. Many of the original singers were part of Morley College, and left to set up an independent, self-governing choir under the direction of former Morley head of music Bob Hanson.
Numbering up to 30 members, the choir focuses on a small ensemble ‘high art’ repertoire across the historical range from medieval to contemporary, occasionally inviting additional singers to join in putting on larger scale works such as Bach’s B Minor Mass (2009), Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (2011), Handel’s Israel in Egypt (2013) or 40-part motets (2012).
We have also performed several of Bob Hanson’s own compositions, of which perhaps the most notable is a 40-part motet And There Shall Be No Night There , conceived as a companion piece to Tallis’s celebrated Spem in Alium.
In July 2015 we sang in the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House for the first performance of scenes from a new opera Cities of Salt. In the summers of 2011, 2013 and 2015 and 2017 choir members also sang a week’s services at St. David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire.
Bob Hanson retired from the choir at the end of 2017, and we are now directed by Paul Webster. We will also continue to perform Hanson’s own work.
We’re keen to recruit new members as Borough Chamber Choir enters its next phase. Please do get in touch if you are interested.
The choir rehearsing in St David’s Cathedral