Choir History

Questors Choir is a mixed voice ensemble of about 60 singers, conducted by Musical Director Philip Norman. 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 June 2006, Questors Choir joined forces with West London Sinfonia and St Matthew’s Choir to perform Verdi Requiem.

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 many participating choirs from around the World) and at St Martin's Church were we are based.

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.

Philip NormanPhilip Norman FRCO, ARCM, GTCL, LTCL

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).

Betty RoeBetty Roe MBE, LRAM, ARCM

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

Richard WilkinsRichard Wilkins

Richard accompanies the Choir in rehearsals and in some performances. Although he now lives on the Isle of Wight, he still travels up to London most weeks for rehearsals such is his commitment to the Choir! He studied music at Nottingham University and then piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Richard is a highly experienced coach and accompanist who has taught at many vocal summer schools over the years. He has had a long association with the Isle of Wight Cantata choir as their accompanist and also the Tritone singers as musical director, conductor and accompanist. Since leaving behind the stresses of school teaching he is now able to devote more time to composing and playing the piano. He may also be found walking or cycling along the many byways of the island where he has made his home.