The Choir

"Guernsey Chamber Choir is in the front rank of British chamber choirs"

The photograph (courtesy of Breast Cancer Care) is of the choir performing at St Paul's Cathedral, London, in 2017.

The Guernsey Chamber Choir brings together singers from across the Bailiwick of Guernsey to perform challenging choral works which require a consort of fine voices and which are not often being attempted by other choirs. It first performed in 1982 in Guernsey and, since then, Chamber has continued to develop and attain greater achievements and recognition under the direction of its conductors.

Every year Chamber strives to perform a key work in the spring or summer and also perform once or twice in smaller venues drawing on its extensive repertoire and airing new works. In addition, the Christmas concert shortly before Christmas day is a popular fixture in the musical calendar of Guernsey and attended by many who greatly enjoy the programmes of music drawn from the sixteenth century up to the year of the concert. Chamber are always grateful to receive a carol written for them that year for its first performance, often composed by Chris Claxton.

The highest artistic standard is always Chamber's aim. Soloists are drawn from professionals mostly from the UK and key orchestral parts and specialist players are sourced through Chamber's many contacts.

In everything, Chamber has an uncompromising pursuit of excellence. The choir comprises local professional and trained amateur musicians and members have experience with numerous well-known choirs and orchestras throughout the UK and further abroad.

Abroad, Chamber enjoys an excellent reputation and is regularly invited to perform in the annual St Malo Sacred Musical Festival where its concert is always sold out.

Chamber has had a number of conductors. Alan Gough created the ensemble in 1982 and, in 2001, Stephen Le Prevost, previously Assistant Organist at Westminster Abbey for 10 years, took over as conductor and considerably expanded the choir's repertoire. James Henderson then followed for a short period until Helen Grand took over in 2006.