City of Canterbury Chamber Choir

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President Cecilia McDowall

Honorary Patron The Rt Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Canterbury

Edward-Rhys Harry Music Director
Edward Kemp-Luck Accompanist

Miles Banbery Chair of Trustees
Janet Mander Trustee and Hon Treasurer
Tony Eldridge Founding Chair


This year marks the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir's 21st anniversary and since its foundation has made regular appearances at the Presteigne and Canterbury festivals, and also at the English Music Festival, for the Sittingbourne Music Club and has performed regularly with Orchestra Nova, both in concert and on disc. A recent highlight was its October 2011 performance at St John's, Smith Square, London as part of Cecilia McDowall's 60th birthday concert.

The choir performs an ever-growing repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to new commissions, and has an enviable reputation for fine standards of performance. Audiences and critics alike have praised the precision and outstanding musicianship of the choir under the leadership of conductor, George Vass. After the amazing success of their first commercial recording made in 2004, the choir has made a total of four CDs of music by Cecilia McDowall and Michael Hurd - all partnering Orchestra Nova on the Dutton Epoch label.

One of the most important aspects behind the formation of the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir was to generate funds for local and national charitable organisations. Concert performances have raised well over £40,000 for, among others, Save the Children, UNICEF, Barnardos, Alzheimer's Disease Society, Macmillan Cancer Relief and the Pilgrim's Hospice, Kent.

The City of Canterbury Chamber Choir is a registered charity, No 1049304