City Chorus is a friendly, hard working choir, open to all with no audition. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings in the city and perform several times a year in beautiful venues.


Our musical director is Paul Ayres and our accompanist (piano and organ) is Philip Shannon. Our concerts feature top professional musicians.


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City Chorus (formerly known as the National Westminster Choir) began life in 1920 as a choir set up by staff of the then National Provincial Bank.  Highlights of the choir's early years include its inaugural performance at Westminster Central Hall, Ralph Vaughan Williams conducting his own Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and one of the choir's concerts shown on television - a novelty at the time. In 1966 the choir appointed its first professional conductor, Ian Humphris, who led the choir for 40 years. The choir is open to all, without audition, and presents three or four concerts a year. For more information about our current activities, please visit


Past concerts

2014 - Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) - The Frost Chorale Concert (Southwark Cathedral) - Cries of London

2013 - Heinichen & Vivaldi - Royal Music (Handel, Britten, Walton, Elgar, Stanford)

2012 - Songs of Sports & Games - Ring out, wild bells

2011 - A Celebration of Motherhood - 90 Years of Note (Vaughan Williams, Handel, Ives, Andrew)

2010 - Around the World in Eighty Minutes - Haydns, Mozarts & Mendelssohns

2009 - Baroque Discoveries (Heinichen, Kuhnau, Lotti, Grabu & Handel)

2008 - Excerpts from Carmen (Bizet)

2008 - Elijah (Mendelssohn)

2007 - Anthem on the Peace and the Foundling Hospital Anthem (Handel) & Gloria (Vivaldi)

2007 - Carmina Burana (Orff)

2006 - 'Nelson’ Mass (Haydn)

2005 - Creation

2004 - Messiah

2003 - Requiem (Mozart) - QEH - J. Kennard; J. Ager; I. Partridge; M. George

2002 - Messa di Gloria - Southwark Cathedral

2001 - St Matthew Passion

2000 - 80th Anniversary Concert - QEH - Requiem (Fauré); Serenade to Music (RVW)

1999 - Gershwin/Grainger - QEH - Porgy and Bess; Rhapsody in Blue; Mock Morris; Brigg Fair

1996 - Messa di Gloria (Puccini); Hebrew Slaves; Nessun Dorma; Anthony Mee; Alan Opie - QE

1995 - Carmina Burana (Orff) - Gloria (Poulenc) - QEH

1992 - Christmas Celebration - Barbican Hall - Berlioz; Rutter; Nutcracker Suite; Carols for All

1990 - 70th Anniversary Concert - Barbican Hall - Music Makers; (Elgar); Peter and the Wolf.


Past conductors

2007-2008 - Michael Downes, currently Director of Music at St Andrews University

1966-2006 - Ian Humphris, head of Choral and Vocal Studies at the Centre for Young Musicians,           conductor of the Linde Singers and  a presenter on both the BBC and ITV.

1941-1965 - Gerry Darling

1920-1928 - Herbert Baggs FRCO, founder member of the original choir which consisted of 158 singers and 20 orchestral players