"The real star of the show turned out to be the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir"
“The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir totally stole the show, well surpassing the incredibly high standards which they already regularly attain”
Founded in 1840, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir has always been central to the life of Liverpool Philharmonic.
In recent years, the Choir has performed Bach St Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor, Orff Carmina Burana, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Mahler Symphony No.2, Rachmaninov Vespers, Verdi Requiem, Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater, James MacMillan St John Passion, Durufle Requiem, Britten War Requiem and of course the annual Spirit of Christmas concerts, and Handel Messiah. The Choir has appeared in many of the UK’s major concert venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, and has sung on a number of foreign tours. The Choir have often been recorded, most recently as part of Vaughan Williams complete symphonic cycle, released in 2019.
All this has been achieved by amateur singers from Merseyside and the surrounding areas aged from 18 years old, who have a variety of day-jobs including students, teachers, doctors and actors. The entry requirements are demanding, and with nearly 60 rehearsals each year and up to 20 performances, this is a serious commitment. But members are given the marvellous experience of singing great music to the highest standard with some of the world’s finest conductors, orchestras and soloists.
The Choir rehearse on Monday evenings in term time, with additional rehearsals in the lead up to concerts.
Members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir are required to be members of Liverpool Philharmonic at an annual fee of £100 for Silver Membership (£32.50 Bronze Membership for full time students and claimants in receipt of job seekers allowance).
Ian Tracey, acknowledged as one of the outstanding British choral trainers, has been Chorus Master of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir since 1985.
We are currently particularly interested to receive applications from tenors and basses.
Applications are collected throughout the year and auditions are arranged once there are enough candidates to fill a session. Apply now, using the form below. Your application will be automatically stored on file and we will contact you once the next audition date has been confirmed.
If you love to sing, why not join us?
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Equal Opportunities Statement
As an equal opportunities organisation we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled people are currently under-represented within our organisation, we would particularly welcome applications from BAME and disabled applicants. All invitations to join the choir will be made on merit.
Sat 14 , Tue 17 - Wed 18 , Fri 20 - Sun 22 December 2019 Various Times Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
It wouldn’t be December without our annual Spirit of Christmas concerts – they’re a Liverpool tradition. That means a glorious selection of Yuletide music, with classic carols and Christmas cheer from conductor Ian Tracey.