The 35-strong Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir's repertoire covers a broad spectrum of both sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to the contemporary.

The choir was established in 1980/81 by Peter King (then Assistant Organist at Lichfield Cathedral and now 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. We also sing regularly for liturgies at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.

The Choir has had four permanent directors in its thirty year history, with current incumbent Martyn Rawles (Cathedral Organist), taking the reins from Nigel Argust, 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.

The Choir has performed services abroad at many venues including the 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.

The Choir has made several television appearances, and has given a number of acclaimed radio broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship. 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.

The Choir is a lively, sociable group, striving to achieve high standards and gaining much pleasure in making music together. Our future plans include a tour to Hungary in October 2014, and hosting the Association of Cathedral Voluntary Choirs for their annual conference in 2015.

We are always pleased to receive enquiries from prospective new members, or those looking to book a choir for an event