The Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London

Choir of Royal Holloway, University of LondonRoyal Holloway is a college of the University of London and has approximately 7,000 students based just outside London in Egham, Surrey. Founded in 1886 the College is housed in an outstanding Victorian building inspired in design by a grand French chateau. Contained within this Founders Building are a beautiful gilded chapel with sculptures by Ceccardo Fucigna and a picture gallery housing one of the finest collections of Victorian paintings.

The Chapel Choir was created at the time of the foundation of Royal Holloway in 1886. It started as a choir for women’s voices and became a mixed choir in 1965, when the first male students entered Royal Holloway. For 120 years the Choir has sung the Daily Morning Service in the College Chapel as well as the Sunday Evening Service. The Choir has made 14 CD recordings and over 25 tours to most European Countries, singing in some of the world’s best churches and cathedrals.

There are currently twenty Choral Scholars in the College Choir and many combine their scholarship with deputy work singing in the major church and cathedral choirs in London. Past scholars have gone on to sing in opera (WNO and ENO) and in ensembles including The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and The Clerkes of Oxenford. Past members of the choir also include international soloists Dame Felicity Lott and Susan Bullock.

Recent activities for the choir have included live Easter broadcasts for BBC radio and a new recording made in Douai Abbey. This year they will be recording the choral works of American composer Carson P. Cooman for release on the Naxos label. The choir is also regularly asked to sing services in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle as well as making concert appearances around the UK. Recent tours include Latvia, where they performed live on television and gave a performance in Bauska Castle for the Twelve International Early Music Festival in Riga. This summer they will be giving concerts in Venice and Florence.

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