Choir is Southwark Cathedral's
voluntary choir for young men and women with good
sight-reading skills and a creative approach to singing. It
offers a unique opportunity for singers to take part in
- cathedral services (notably the Cathedral's monthly Compline
and Evensong services)
- concerts in the cathedral (thrice yearly),
- other secular events such as livery company dinners and
This website includes extensive audio recordings of the choir, including services, concert performances, interviews and members talking about the choir.
Click below for details of the Merbecke Choir's CD, The Shadow of Thy Wings.
HEAR US — BOOK US
The Hearus page features complete audio recordings of two recent concerts, and excerpts from many others.
See the Book us page
for details of how the Merbecke Choir could
The choir's repertoire ranges widely in period as as well as
style, from plainsong to music of the present day. See the Hear
us page for past and future concert programmes and
click-to-play audio excerpts.
Visit the Join
us page for details of entry criteria and auditions.
Merbecke Choir sings Compline in Southwark Cathedral on the
4th Sunday of each month at 6.30
Click below for current and past lists of services and concerts featuring
the Merbecke Choir
Please join us for our major concert of 2016 - a performance of Claudio Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine (or 1610 Vespers). This piece is one of the landmarks of sacred choral music: Monteverdi incorporates old and new styles to thrilling effect, combining virtuoso solo voices with magnificent full choral passages and sonorous instrumental textures.
We are delighted to be joined for this special performance by two of the finest groups of early music specialists in Europe, the Monteverdi String Band and His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts. We also have star solo singers in Emily Elias, Katie Thomas, Greg Tassell and Jake White. The Vespers are a firm favourite of audiences and performers alike and we are looking forward greatly to the combined effect of music, musicians and the beautiful setting of Southwark Cathedral.
Tickets are available now from the Cathedral shop (020 7367 6710) or click here to book via Eventbrite.
AUDIO AND VIDEO
The main audio player includes tracks from the choir's 2011 tour to France.
The performances of Victoria's Ave Regina Coelorum and The Word of the Cross by Huw Morgan were recorded in La Madeleine, Paris. Victoria's Pueri Hebraeorum and Vere Languores were recorded in Rouen Cathedral. The latter track includes an impromptu performance by the cathedral bells.
Click below for
the Merbecke Choir's You Tube page,
featuring more than twenty videos
The choir would welcome potential sponsors for their termly
concerts. Your generous support would allow our young musicians
the chance to experience performing alongside exciting artists
such as His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts,
and would create a wonderful evening's entertainment for you
and your guests. For further details and rates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org