The Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir's repertoire covers a broad spectrum of both sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to the contemporary.

It was established in 1980/81 by Peter King, then Assistant Organist at Lichfield Cathedral and until recently Organist at Bath Abbey, to sing services during the Cathedral Choir's holidays. Its activities soon expanded and now include a regular concert programme, weddings and services throughout the Midlands and guest appearances at other cathedrals, including Westminster Abbey, Durham, Winchester and Chichester Cathedrals. It also provides the music for special services at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, including Armistice Day.

The Choir has had four long-term directors in its almost 40 years history, with current incumbent Martyn Rawles, Cathedral Organist, taking  over the reins from Nigel Argust, previous Director of Music at King Edward VI High School for Girls. He was preceded by Mark Shepherd, now Director of Music at Charterhouse, and founder Peter King.

Services have been performed abroad at many venues including La Cathédrale St-Jean in Lyon, the Duomo in Milan, Cologne Cathedral, and the Romanesque cathedral in Lichfield’s twin city of Limburg an der Lahn, plus memorable concerts in Ste Foy Lès Lyon, St Victor sur Loire, Frankfurt Cathedral, and the Abbey at Marienstatt. A tour of Hungary in 2014 included performances in in Budapest, Estergom and Veszprem.

In addition to several television appearances the choir has taken part in a number of acclaimed broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship, most recently in September 2018. Recordings include a joint recording with the Cathedral Choir and the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble of two Mass settings by the Belgian composers Joseph Jongen and Flor Peeters, conducted by Philip Scriven; and a varied programme of choral music directed by Nigel Argust, with organ accompaniment by Alexander Mason, entitled In Every Corner Sing, favourably reviewed as “an enjoyable, well sung and eclectic anthology” by John Quinn, MusicWeb.

 In 2015 the Chamber Choir hosted the Association of Cathedral Voluntary Choirs for their annual conference.

The choir celebrated its 35 years existence in 2016 by organising a concert which featured all the choir’s conductors, plus as many of previous choir members as were possible to contact – a memorable occasion.

There have been two recent concerts combining the chamber choirs of Lichfield and Worcester cathedrals, the first in Worcester with ‘Israel in Egypt’, the return visit in Lichfield with works by Haydn and Finzi. This was an excellent collaboration, another form of which was with Jonathan Kenny and the English Touring Opera in 2016/17, with two outstanding and unusual in-the round performances in the cathedral nave of Bach’s B-minor Mass and St John Passion.

The Choir is a lively, sociable group, striving to achieve high standards and gaining much pleasure in making music together.  If you would be interested in joining, contact us at:- enquiries@lichfieldcathedralchamberchoir.org