We are a 60-strong mixed voice choir based in West London. Our repertoire is deliberately varied from baroque, classical and contemporary choral works to modern and show songs, traditional Christmas carols and folksongs (from all corners and occasionally in the original language!) Our Musical Director, Philip Norman, often challenges us with his new arrangements of material. The concerts include professional musicians and singers when necessary but usually feature choir members for solos or small group pieces. Some of our more experienced members have been with Questors Choir for over 20 years, but about half have joined in the last 5 years. All share one passion - a love of choral music performed in a fun and friendly atmosphere – exemplified by Philip,our accompanist, Richard Wilkins, and President, Betty Roe
The choir welcomes new members and provides equal learning and performance opportunities for singers of mixed ability, ages and background. The rehearsal hall and the church where we give most of our concerts are wheelchair accessible and we may be able to provide .pdf files of the repertoire for a concert for those who need bigger print or use a laptop/tablet. However, if you have a particular requirement, we strongly encourage you to make contact to talk to us and possibly arrange a preliminary meeting ; the Wednesday rehearsals are time-pressured and would not give us time to address your situation. You can contact us at via "more AT questorschoir.org" or phone 020 8816 7734 / 07802 720333
Our year runs from September to July, with breaks at school holiday times, and we usually prepare for three concerts a year (Christmas, Spring and Summer) at St Martins. We also sing at events around the Borough, by decision of the Choir, and often take part in the London Sangverstevne.
Musical Director of Questors Choir since September 2003, Philip also conducts Chorale Cantando, St John’s Festival Choir and the Woodford Symphony Orchestra in East London. He is also organist at St Marien mit St Georg German Lutheran Church in London.
Philip holds international choir festivals, choral workshops and singing competitions around London and organises concert tours at home and abroad. He also provides practical and advisory support for a wide range of music making activities (http://www.pnms.co.uk).
Honorary President of Questors Choir, Betty began playing the piano aged 6 and music has been the centre of her life ever since, with a professional career stretching over sixty years which has included playing, composing, singing, teaching, conducting, running workshops, examining and adjudicating. Her compositions range from operas to pantomimes, choral works to musicals. She started the NorthKen Choir/Chorale/Opera in the 1960s and remained with them until their recent closure. She now sings for pleasure with the Questors Choir, and was elected Honorary President in 2011, but still finds time to organise weekend workshops, teach and judge competitions. (http://www.bettyroe.com)
Richard accompanies the Choir in rehearsals and in some performances. Richard studied music at Nottingham University and did a post-graduate in piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He is a highly experienced coach and accompanist who has taught at many vocal summer schools over the years. He is Assistant Director of Music at The Hall School in Hampstead and Conductor of the Tritone Singers on the Isle of Wight — where he now lives.