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About our choir

Founded by 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, 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 our founder.


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.

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And why we sing

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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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Our Musical Director .. Calum Zuckert

Calum initially read music at Durham University, while receiving conducting lessons at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Following this, he completed the Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at King’s College, Cambridge. Both places offered opportunity to conduct a wide range of music, including a host of symphonies, 5 operas, and any number of choral concerts. In 2009, he founded the Edinburgh Incidental Orchestra, which has provided some of the highest quality music-making opportunities to young musicians across Scotland.


Calum is now in demand as a choral conductor and choir trainer, working with a number of community choirs, as well as on freelance and education projects. This he couples with his work as a Minor Canon of St Albans Cathedral, where he has worked since 2021. In his spare time, he enjoys going to concerts, cooking, and socialising.

Our founder Musical Director .. Adrian Davis

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. 

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