St Richard Singers
Size & Composition:
The choir consists of about 40 singers. Women who have a low register may be admitted to the tenor section. At present the choir has a fairly high age profile. Soloists are often drawn from within the ranks, and we work together with students from Chichester university. We operate a choral scholarship scheme for young people U26 who live within a 30 mile radius of our rehearsal venue. All members are experienced choral singers and read music, and the standard of sight-reading is fair. Our Director of Music is the Sub Organist of Portsmouth Cathedral.
Repertoire, Performances & Venue:
The repertoire is wide, and draws on English and Continental music from the Renaissance onwards, including lesser known works and composers. The emphasis is on sacred music, though the choir has branched out into secular territory (e.g. Madrigals and light Victorian), as well as some Baroque Latin-American pieces. The preferred style & image is serious (concert dress is black/ DJ). The choir enjoys singing a cappella, or with keyboard/ organ/ chamber ensemble accompaniment, and can sing in up to eight parts, and also as a double choir (e.g. Bach Motets).
The choir usually performs three major concerts a year: Christmas/ Winter, Easter/ Spring, & Summer, the latter within the framework of the Festival of Chichester. In addition, the choir performs a couple of times within a liturgical setting, such as a Requiem Mass at All Souls’ Tide and an occasional Choral Evensong. The choir has a long-established relationship with St. George’s Church, Whyke, Chichester, where we rehearse on Monday nights, and usually perform, though other performance venues have been used. Some performances are given in aid of charity (e.g. “The Armed Man” by K Jenkins in aid of Help for Heroes).