About us

Newcastle Choral Society was founded in 1954. It enjoys the patronage of Lord Beecham of Benwell, as well as the support of several local businesses who have enabled us to perform major concerts. Michael Chaplin, acclaimed writer for television, radio and theatre, became Choir Ambassador in 2014. Further info in the Sponsorship and Friends sections

Membership is drawn from across the North East, with around 80 regular singers. We generally perform three major concerts each year from a repertoire that ranges from more traditional major works of sacred music to modern choral pieces in a variety of venues. The Past performances section has details.

Musical Director, Mark Anyan, joined the Chorus in 2007. Mark is a professional tenor soloist and works extensively with youth choirs in this region and nationally. He is general manager of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and a member of one of the north east’s newest a cappella group Quintessential Voices. The choir is benefitting not only from his energetic vocal techniques, but is also enjoying new associations with young singers in both local choirs and up and coming professional soloists Mark knows though his  own professional network.

James Morgan, who joined the artistic team at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, is Singing Teacher in Residence. James is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked professionally as a singer throughout Europe, the United States, and as far away as Japan. He has experience of concert work, oratorio, opera, musical theatre, and broadcasting for radio. James
assists with warm-ups and sectionals, take group technique sessions and individual/small group lessons, and is available to support members through the audition process. James brings added value to being a member of the choir.

Accompanist Nicholas Butters, newly appointed at the beginning of the 21/22 season, also assists with warm-ups and sectionals. He also has an active  career as ensemble tutor, repertoire lecturer, accompanist at the Centre for Advanced Training, Sage Gateshead

We returned to Hall One Sage Gateshead on 29th November 2014 for our Diamond Jubilee concert. Coinciding with the Centenary Year of WW1, we performed Karl Jenkins ‘Armed Man’ in collaboration with members of Mid Northumberland Chorus, Tees Valley Youth Choir and local members of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. We commissioned a new choral work: ‘The Dream of the River’, from nationally recognised, local born composer Will Todd, which was premiered at the same concert. The concert and commission were supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council. www.artscouncil.org.uk

New members are always welcome. From the start of the 2016-17 season membership of the choir is subject to a voice check to ensure they are placed in the correct section. Members will be expected to have previous singing experience and a reasonable level of musicianship (basic awareness of reading music and/or a good ear for learning and retaining music.) There are many good singers who can’t read music but that should not be a block to joining. A good level of musicianship will ensure a good rehearsal pace. So if you are interested in singing a wide variety of music in a large choir under expert, friendly and fun direction come and give us a try. Details in the Getting Involved section.

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