Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Northern Spirit Singers – Musical Director Andy King

Northern Spirit Singers have, over the last 12 years, firmly established themselves as one of the north’s leading choirs.

In October they featured on BBC Radio 3 The Choir programme broadcast from Sage Gateshead, as part of a celebration of choral music in the North East. They have been awarded ‘Choir of the Day’ at all Choir of the Year regional rounds that they have entered, and in 2008 reached the adult category finals in the Royal Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, alongside the six other best adult choirs in the country. Each year the choir travels abroad, this year taking part in a Music Festival in Barcelona and last year performing in Holland and Germany. In 2011 they took part in the ‘Venezia in Musica’ International Choral Competition in Italy. They won first prize in the secular music category, came runners up in the sacred music category, and received the ‘Outstanding Performance’ prize for Bogorditsye Dyevo by Rachmaninov.

As well as in their regular programme of concerts in Durham, the choir have performed as guests with other local groups including Cleveland Philharmonic Choir, Tees Valley Youth Choir, Guisborough Choral Society and Durham County Youth Choir. They performed at one of the opening concerts at Sage, Gateshead alongside Howard Goodall, Black Voices and the BBC Chorister of the Year.

Founded in September 2000 by a group of friends from the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the choir comprises recent graduates and current students of Durham University, but also welcomes singers from all over the North East, and includes many of the region’s teachers. Northern Spirit Singers continue to perform the world’s best choral music to a high standard, in a relaxed and enjoyable manner.

See Northern Spirit Singers' Website

JS Bach: Mass in B Minor

Stockton Parish Church. 17th March 2018, 7:30pm

See Concerts page for details of this and our other planned concerts.

Our new Junior Choir!

For full information, see Junior Choir page

Joining the Choir

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir always welcomes new members. If you would enjoy singing with us, why not come along to a rehearsal?  More information

Friends of the Choir

Why not become a Friend of the Choir and get benefits such as discounts on concert tickets and advance notice of concerts.  More Information.

Announcements for Choir Members

Happy 2018 to all our choir members - past, present and future! We are looking forward to an exciting year, with two of the greatest choral works in our sights - Bach's B Minor Mass and Britten's War Requiem.

There are some lovely new photos of the Junior Choir - take a look at their Recent Events on the CPJC tab

See Music page for required mark-ups to the New and Old Novello editions of the Bach, and mark up your copy accordingly.

See Denis Rigg's website where you can buy prints from his excellent portfolio of photographs - all profits go to our War Requiem fund.

See DATES section farther down page

You might be interested in an orchestral concert in Darlington - see details below:


Tue 9 Jan
- First rehearsal, Spring term
Tue 13 Feb - No rehearsal
Sat 3 Mar - Choral Day, Mass in B minor
Sat 17 Mar - Mass in B minor, Stockton PC
Tues 3 and 10 Apr - No rehearsal
Tues 17 Apr - First Rehearsal, Summer term
Sat 21 Apr - Study session on WR, Newcastle.
Sat 19 May - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs, Durham)
Tue 29 May - No rehearsal
Fri 22 Jun
- An Evening of French Music, St Mary’s

Rest of July and August - No rehearsal

Tue 4 Sep - First rehearsal, Autumn term
Sat 29 Sep - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs, Newcastle)
Tue 23 Oct - No rehearsal - half term
Sat 3 Nov - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs Stockton BT)
Fri 9 Nov - 7-10 Rehearsal for choirs and orchestra (M’Bro TH)
Sat 10 Nov - Sage, War Requiem
Sun 16 Dec (tbc) - 3pm St Barnabas, Carol Concert

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