Welcome to Harlequin Chamber Choir

Holy Trinity Guildford 2017

Our Young Singers Programme is furthering some fantastic talent as well as giving us much-needed help behind the scenes! From left to right: Esther, a retired Guildford Cathedral chorister, Andre, Toby and Bethany, who comes to us from Glyndebourne Youth Opera and played the part of Mary in the 2017 Wintershall Nativity.

Harlequin Chamber Choir is a small, carefully-balanced ensemble of up to around 24 confident choristers. The choir has an undeniably huge reputation in the West Surrey area. It aims for exceptionally high standards, focusing on unaccompanied repertoire. The choir has a particular focus on promoting English choral music and nurturing young singers with singing tuition, scores and bursaries.

We rehearse weekly in Guildford, Surrey. The choir attracts singers who are auditioned from all three counties of Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

Harlequin aims to present communicative performances. As you will see from our rapidly-growing repertoire list, the choir sings a broad range of music throughout the year. Our concerts are imaginatively programmed, with combinations of small-group singing, solos, men’s and women’s choruses and the whole choir all combined.

Harlequin enjoys a varied schedule; choral workshops are built into its rehearsal slots, and so the choir’s development is not only due to the meticulous efforts of our music director, Tom Lydon, but also to a wealth of input from a variety of world-class vocal talent who come as guests throughout the year. Our performance schedule includes competitions, charity events, concerts, recording sessions and choral holidays. We are occasionally booked as a semi-chorus in large-scale choral and operatic works, and contribute to the concert programmes of fellow chamber groups. Every Christmas we team up with the exciting brass ensemble Surrey Brass for sell-out Christmas concerts.

On this website, you can view our repertoire lists, our performance schedule, news items and contact details. We’d love to hear from you! Regular updates, including new recordings, are posted on our Facebook page and on the news page of this site. We feature our recordings on Soundcloud. Thank you for taking the time to find out about us.

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