St Richard Singers is Chichester’s longest established chamber choir. Founded in 1970 by Noel Osborne, many of the tenors and basses were lay clerks from the Cathedral; today the net is cast wider to welcome good singers from the area and we are based in St. George's Church in Whyke.
The choir’s repertoire is wide, drawing on music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Most of our concerts are in the local area, but we have performed widely through the south of England, including performances as far apart as Beaulieu Abbey and the Mansion House in London.
For many years, the choir has taken part in the Chichester Festivities and given some memorable performances. Recent concerts have included the Rachmaninov Vespers, The Armed Man – a Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins and earlier in 2009 a sparkling performance of Mozart’s Requiem. 2010 featured a candlelit concert based around the late evening service of Compline, and in 2012 we performed a wide variety of pieces inspired by the words of the Psalms. Posters of two of our Christmas concerts are shown below. Please view the "Future Concerts" section of this web site for information about future events.
We welcome applications for membership from singers who can learn new music quickly - if you are interested in joining us, please get in touch by using the "Contact Us" section of this website.
We also welcome requests for performances from the Choir, especially in support of charities and other worthy causes.