Choral

    Chapel Choir

    Click here to view a video which was filmed during a recent Choir Tour to Barcelona. They are singing Miserere mei, Deus by Allegri in Girona Cathedral.
    • Chapel Choir leads the music at the school services in addition to giving concerts and singing services at various venues in the UK and abroad.
    • There are 65 members, all of whom have been auditioned. Amongst our members, we have former choristers from a number of Cathedrals and Abbeys.
    • Chapel Choir sings in St Paul’s Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey each year, and has toured in Austria, France, Germany, Italy and the USA. Other recent visits include St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and Winchester Cathedral.
    • The highlight of the Choir's year in 2013 was leading the singing in the Drumhead Service at the Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, and broadcast on BBC1.
    • In 2008 Chapel Choir sang in Westminster Abbey for the service to mark the HMC Conference.

    Recent repertoire has included:

    Geistliches Lied - Brahms
    Te Deum in C - Britten
    Ave Maria - Bruckner
    Christus factus est - Bruckner
    Mass for Four Voices - Byrd
    Introit & Kyrie - Durufle
    Give unto the Lord - Elgar
    The spirit of the Lord - Elgar

    Jubilate a 8 - Gabrieli
    Missa ‘Bella Amfitrit’ altera’ - Lassus
    Alleluia: Caro mea - Matthew Martin (OD)
    Mother of God, here I stand - Tavener
    My Guardian Angel - Weir


    Chamber Choir

    • Chapel Choir gives concert at Dean Close and further afield and sings a sacred and secular repertoire.
    • The 25 members are drawn from the more experienced singers in the school.
    • Chamber Choir visits an Oxbridge College Chapel each year, and has recently sung with the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge under Stephen Layton, and with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge under Timothy Brown. Many former members of the Chamber Choir hold choral scholarships at Oxbridge and other universities.
    • The choir has broadcast live on Radio 3 from St David’s Hall, Cardiff and recorded the same concert for Hyperion.

    Recent repertoire has included:

    Jesu, meine Freude - Bach
    A Ceremony of Carols - Britten
    Messiah - Handel
    Sure on this shining night - Lauridsen
    Nunc Dimittis - Lukaszewski
    Passio - Part
    Magnificat quinti toni - Praetorius
    Shakespeare Songs - Shearing
    Serenade to Music - Vaughan Williams


    Commissions

    • Dean Close has a long history of commissioning new music, including an annual Christmas Carol.
    • Recent commissions include:

    The night he was born - Chilcott
    Veni Sancte Spiritus - Goodall
    Susanni - Ives
    Before the paling of the stars - Lavino

    Alleluia: Caro Mea - Martin
    A Song on the Nativity - Muhly
    Moonless darkness - Wilby

    Choral Society

    • Comprises pupils, staff, parents and friends of the School.
    • One performance per year in the Lent Term, usually in the Cheltenham Town Hall or the Pittville Pump Room
    • Rehearses at 7pm on Thursdays from September until the concert date.

    Dean Close Harmony

    • A capella group of up to 16 singers
    • Wide range of repertoire
    • Weekly rehearsal