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Ushaw has a tradition of choral singing going back over 200 years, and regularly houses choral performances as part of its events program. As part of our ongoing development, a new choir has come together to perform in our beautiful St Cuthbert's Chapel, and to revive and renew the musical tradition at Ushaw.
A new choir has come together to perform in our beautiful St Cuthbert's Chapel, and to revive and renew the musical tradition at Ushaw. Our group of around thirty singers will be performing at various musical events within our programme, as well as singing Vespers three times a year in the glorious Chapel. The choir has already led a service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas, and will be performing two major choral words - Fauré’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria - later this year.
The choir will meet Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.15pm. Our expert conductor, Alex Chisholm-Loxley, recent graduate from Leeds College of Music, says “This is a really exciting idea, and we will be supporting the wonderful programme of cultural events at Ushaw".
The choir will be accompanied by the hugely experienced Allan Coombes, the wonderful organist at St Margaret’s Durham, who has performed several times to audiences here at Ushaw - with huge popularity. The practices will be in the Theatre. There will be no auditions; all that is required is enthusiasm, the ability to sing in tune and be a committed part of a team. Weekly subs at £2.50.
Alex Chisholm-Loxley is a piano teacher, performer, and choral singer. After graduating from the University of Leeds with a BA music degree, Alex went on to teach piano briefly at Westonbrit School before moving on to tutoring with Your Space Music Lessons. Also a passionate choral singer, Alex has sung tenor with the Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers, and has performed with Gabrieli's as part of the 2011 Proms. Most recently, of course, Alex has become the expert conductor of the Ushaw choir.