Questors Choir is a mixed voice ensemble of about 60 singers. In 2009 the Choir became a registered charity. In 2011 Betty Roe was elected as our Honorary President.
The Choir was founded in 1985 by Tim Godfrey, within Questors, Ealing’s Theatre to which we are still affiliated. We are a member of Ealing Arts and Making Music. We are an independent, self-governing body, and our policy is that the Choir be self-funding, mainly from subscriptions and ticket sales.
In October 2007, Questors Choir hosted a social and musical Anglo-Norwegian evening with Norwegian choir Øystre Slidre Sanglag, an event that concluded their UK tour 2007 and celebrated the strong choral traditions of both nations. The Choir also takes part in the annual Sangverstevne, an international choral festival.
In December 2009, Questors Choir members took part in the Questors Theatre production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol.
On 9 July 2011, we celebrated 25 Glorious Years of the Questors Choir, singing pieces drawn from past concerts.
In June 2012, the Choir provided a concert at the Theatre as part of the Olympic Torch Festival.
Onwards we have performed at St Johns Church Mattock Lane, Cadogan Hall (May 2017), many Sangerstevne Concerts (organised by Philip Norman with Choirs from around the World) and at St Martin's Church were we are based.
In July 2020, Philip Norman, ended his 17 years as MD and moved to Wales.
Our repertoire pieces are many and varied and have included Howard Goodall Eternal Light, Cherubini Requiem in C minor, Beethoven Mass in C, Parry I Was Glad, Haydn Te Deum, Mozart Coronation Mass, Salieri Requiem, Britten Jubilate Deo and Te Deum in C, Vivaldi Gloria, Betty Roe A Song for Your Supper, as well as popular songs such as Blue Suede Shoes and Lipstick on your Collar.
You can find photos taken at some of our past performances in the Photo galleries.
Led the Choir as Musical Director from September 2003-July 2020, Philip also conducted Chorale Cantando, St John’s Festival Choir and the Woodford Symphony Orchestra and was organist at St Marien mit St Georg German Lutheran Church in London. Philip has held international choir festivals, choral workshops and singing competitions around London and organises concert tours at home and abroad.
He has now relocated to Wales where he will continue to provide practical and advisory support for a wide range of music making activities eg Organists 'On-line' and 'Small Choirs' (http://www.pnms.co.uk).
Betty had a new CD out in 2017. Details can be found here. 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. Her website is http://www.bettyroe.com