This term, the Merbecke Choir gave a special performance of Dietrich Buxtehude's cantata for Passiontide, Membra Jesu Nostri, alongside seasonal works by Kuhnau, Becker and Handl.
For this concert we were privileged to be joined by the Monteverdi String Band, an ensemble of some of the finest period string players in the country. Click here for the Monteverdi String Band website.
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.
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.
The Merbecke Choir's first ever CD, The Shadow of Thy Wings, was launched at the 2013 Summer concert.
Click below for full details.
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
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
The pictures below were taken during the choir's trip to St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire in April 2013. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, generously wrote a new Prayer for St David specially for this trip, which was set to music by Huw Morgan - you can hear a recording of the first performance on the audio player at the foot of this page.