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 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 email@example.com
Our next concert will be on Saturday 13 July at 7.30, when we will be celebrating the music of Benjamin Britten, performing his four Hymns - to the Virgin, to St Peter, to St Columba, and to St Cecilia. There will also be music by Lassus, Guerrero, Howells, Jacob Handl and a new work by Huw Morgan.
At this concert, the choir will also launch their first ever CD - you can hear a preview of this on the audio player at the foot of the page, Gibbons' Hosanna to the Son of David.
Further details soon.
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
Merbecke Choir sings Compline in Southwark Cathedral on the
4th Sunday of each month at 6.30
Click on the image on the
left for current and past lists of services and concerts featuring
the Merbecke Choir