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
2016 is a very exciting year for the Merbecke Choir! As well as our regular services of Compline and Eucharistic Devotions on the fourth Sunday of each month at 6pm, we have four concerts to present at Southwark Cathedral. Chief amongst these is on 30th April: a very special collaboration with His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts and the Monteverdi String Band in a performance of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610 Vespers). We're thrilled to be teaming up with some of the very finest musicians in Europe for this: tickets will be on sale at the end of February. Before then, you can hear the choir singing Gabriel Fauré's Requiem (along with works by Richard Rodney Bennett, Alonso Lobo and Tomás Luis de Victoria) on Saturday 20th February at 7.30pm.
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