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

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Reminder of Important Dates

4 Sep
- 1st rehearsal
29 Sep
(Sat) 10-4 - Combined Choir rehearsal, Royal Grammar School Newcastle.
9 Oct - AGM
No half term break in October
3 Nov (Sat) 10-4 - Combined Choir rehearsal, Stockton Baptist Church
4 Nov
(Sunday) 1-8 - Orchestra rehearsal, Ripon venue. No choirs
9 Nov
(Friday) 7-10 - Full rehearsal for all choirs and main orchestra, Middlesbrough Town Hall
10 Nov
(Sat) - Britten: War Requiem , Sage Gateshead. Soloists and chamber orchestra 12-1, rehearsal for all 2-5, performance 7.30pm
11 Dec
- Alison Gill plays for rehearsal
16 Dec (Sunday) - Family Christmas Carol Concert, Rehearsal 1.30-2.30, Concert 3-4.15, St Barnabas Church. Fishburn Band, Alison Gill.

8 Jan - First rehearsal
19 Feb - Half term
6 April (Sat) - Concert. Mozart Vespers, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Mozart Requiem, Stockton Baptist Church. Katherine Broderick, Anna Huntley, Nicky Spence, Gavan Ring. Mowbray Orchestra.
9 & 16 April - Easter break.
23 April - first rehearsal
28 May - Half term
28 June (Friday) - Concert: Baltic Cruise and Homecoming, Middlesbrough Cathedral. Rehearsal 6pm, Concert 7.30.

3 Sep 2019 - first rehearsal
12 Oct - Mahler 2, Ripon Cathedral
6 Dec - Possible performance at Middlesbrough Town Hall - to be discussed.
15 Dec (tbc) - Family Christmas Carol Concert