Welcome to the Hanover Choir. We are a choir of about 30 people, based in the City of London near St Paul’s Cathedral. 60 years after our foundation in Hanover Square, we are still making great music and continuing to attract some of the liveliest people in London.
We sing most types of choral music, and have occasionally dipped our toes into both jazz and folk repertoire. Details of our next concert are on the right. Visit our repertoire page for information about previous events.
Membership is open to anyone with a good voice and some knowledge of musical notation. Singing with us is a stimulating and enjoyable experience. Since we are a small choir, your voice matters. And since we're directed by outstanding professional conductor/composer Huw Morgan, singing with the Hanover Choir is exciting, challenging and rewarding.
See the how to join page for further details, including a downloadable schedule of rehearsals, concerts and workshops.
Play the audio above to hear it from Hanover Choir members themselves, and to gain an impression of the standards we achieve in our concert performances.
SUMMER CONCERT 2015: AMERICAN SUMMER TIME
Saturday 4th July at 7.30pm
St Stephen’s Church, Southwell Gardens, SW7 4RL Gershwin, Barber, Frahm, Lauridsen, Vaughan Williams
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The Hanover Choir celebrates Independence Day with a recital of American choral music - but there's not a brass band or "I heart America" badge in sight. This is Independence Day for the romantics who value great music above all else.
We'll be leading with SummerTime and other extracts from the incomparable Porgy and Bess, written by George and Ira Gershwin and arranged for a 4 part choir.
Continuing our romantic mood, we progress to a number of beautiful short songs by Charles Barber. Better known for his endlessly-replayed Adagio for Strings, these songs show his full skill as a writer of emotional music.
We also include more contemporary romantic work by Frederick Frahm, Annabel Lee. This will be the first UK performance of this work, and we hope that you will too agree that he deserves to be heard more in the UK. This tragic tale of star struck lovers should not be missed. Along with this, we perform a meditative work O Deus, Ego Amo Te (Oh God, I love thee) by Ned Rorem, another contemporary American composing talent.
The Walt Witman poem "Towards the Unknown Land" was set by Vaughan-Williams into a fantastic choral work. Many regard this as his best choral piece, capturing the full majestic beauty of the open plains, roaring rivers and snow-capped peaks.
Our final piece is North American - Canadian to be exact - but sung in French. Dirait-on by Morten Lauridsen is a fine, delicate piece and a gentle way to fill your summer evening.
The choir will be accompanied by Nick Pope on piano. Nick is a well-respected pianist, and regularly teaches at the Edinburgh Festival Piano Master class.
We are at our normal base of St Stephen’s Church in South Kensington. It’s a beautiful Victorian church, 5 minutes north from Gloucester Rd tube, next to Barclays Bank. There is some free parking in the evening in the streets nearby for those that come by car.
The performance will last about 2hrs including a refreshment break, where you are welcome to take in the summer evening with a glass of wine. You can book your tickets online in advance with a discount. Tickets are also available on the door from 7pm.
We are affiliated to the National Federation of Music Societies, and have achieved the status of a registered charity (no 295306). You can download a copy of our constitution from the charities page.
Hanover Choir's music director, Huw Morgan, is also Director of the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, and founder/director of the Blackheath Camerata.
He administrates and produces for Sfz Music, the record label of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, and was music advisor on a forthcoming major British film starring Brenda Blethyn.
He also has a growing reputation as a composer, whose work includes a Southwark Cathedral commission to mark the 600th anniversary of the death of the poet John Gower in 2010.