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The Choir of Royal Holloway University of London

The Choir of Royal Holloway University of London

Royal Holloway is one of the UK's top researchintensive university institutions, acknowledged worldwide for high quality research and an excellent record in teaching quality. Based just outside London in Egham, Surrey, Royal Holloway is one of the larger colleges of the University of London and has 7,500 students working with internationally renowned scholars. Founded in 1886, the College is housed in an outstanding Victorian building inspired in design by a grand French château. Contained within this Founder's Building is a beautiful gilded chapel, with sculptures by Ceccardo Fucigna, as well as the Picture Gallery, which houses The Royal Holloway Collection, one of the world's most important and finest collections of Victorian paintings.

The Chapel Choir was created at the time of the foundation of the College. It began 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 20 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, The Gabrieli Consort, Tenebrae, and The Clerkes of Oxenford. Past members of the Choir also include the international soloists Dame Felicity Lott and Susan Bullock. A number of current British cathedral organists trained as organ scholars at Royal Holloway.

During 2006 the choir gave live Easter broadcasts for BBC Radio and a concert in St. George’s, Hanover Square. Recent tour destinations include Latvia, where they performed live on television and contributed a concert to the Riga Early Music Festival, and Belgium, where they gave a series of Christmas concerts. During 2007 they performed in the Jean Langlais Centenary Festival in Brittany, France, which was broadcast live on Radio France Culture. The choir has also recorded the choral works of American composer Carson Cooman for release on Naxos during 2008. In addition, alongside its concert schedule, the choir is regularly asked to sing services in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The choir's website can be found at:

Lucinda Cooper, Rachel Coward, Rachel Girling,
Fiona Hunt, Juliet Liddell, Rachel Major, Naomi
Marshall, Francesca Russill

Amy Alden, Andra East, Rebecca Newman,
Barnaby Smith

Tom Cockett, Hugh Conway, Jonathan Cooke,
Adrian Green

James Birchall, Daniel Fletcher, David Millinger,
Alexander Norman, Alistair Paul, Samuel Rathbone,
Dominic Wells

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