About our choir
Founded by Musical Director Adrian Davis in 1976, the Chiltern Chamber Choir draws its singers from Berkhamsted and the surrounding towns and villages. We share a passion for singing and perform at least three main concerts each year in St Peter’s Church, mostly with orchestra or organ accompaniment.
Although having outgrown our original chamber choir size, under Adrian's leadership we aim for high standards and take pride in our reputation amongst our supporters both locally and elsewhere.
What we sing
With a repertoire ranging from music of the 12th century to the present day, our programmes regularly include the best of the choral classics.
However we also like to introduce singers and audiences to less well known but wonderful works by, for example, composers such as Jan Dismas Zelenka from the Baroque Period through to the contemporary works of Eric Whitacre - not to mention works written specifically for us by Adrian Davis.
See a list of previous concerts
Where we sing
Since 1996, the Choir has undertaken many concert tours abroad, sometimes on tour alone and sometimes in collaboration with other choirs, such as the Madrid Bach Society Choir and the world famous Leipzig GewandhausChor.
We have sung in Italy, Germany, Spain and recently most frequently in France. In 2016 our concert tour was, for the third year running, to the Languedoc Roussillon area of France where the Choir opened the new music festival of the Compagnons de Maguelone in their wonderful cathedral. This performance led to an invitation the following year to perform Handel’s Messiah as part of the Compagnons’ new programme of major concerts.
And why we sing
Music is an important part of our lives. We believe that singing is not only good for the mind but also our physical well-being; it is, moreover, a social activity. We look forward to our rehearsals, post concert parties, concert trips abroad including partners and even, for instance, the annual May Day madrigals sung from the top of the tower of St Peter’s Church in Berkhamsted at 6:30 in the morning!
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Adrian hails from Wiltshire and studied composition and organ at the Guildhall School of Music. For most of his life he has been involved in music education, first as the Director of Music in a Grammar School and Parish Church in Torquay in Devon and later, for twenty-four years, at Berkhamsted School. Founder of the Chiltern Chamber Choir in 1976, since 1997 he has been Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted, and the Director of Bridgewater Sinfonia since its foundation as the Bridgewater Band in 1998.
Our Musical Director .. Adrian Davis
Jonathan studied at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, in Stellenbosch (South Africa), and at Cambridge University. Jonathan is organist at Berkhamsted Parish Church has been musical director of Berkhamsted’s Castle Choir since its launch in 2013.
He regularly accompanies a wide variety of choirs, singers and instrumentalists and this work takes him all around Europe including work with choirs in Leipzig and Madrid both with the Chiltern Chamber Choir, as well as work much closer to home.
Our Accompanist .. Jonathan Lee