Our History

The Norwich Singers were formed by Roy Henton in 1954. We competed successfully in major music festivals at Cambridge, Bedford and London. Under the late Fred Firth’s direction from 1959, we expanded our repertoire and developed associations with television and well-known artists such as Julian Bream.

From 1959 Dennis Johnson directed us until he retired in 1996. Colin Goodchild took over in 1996 and was succeeded in 2002 by Michael Cudby. Howard Rooke took over in 2009 and Jason Lambert has been our Musical Director since 2012.

The Singers Today

We have given many concerts in Norwich and the surrounding area, often inviting local soloists and orchestras to join us at venues throughout the county.

Notably we gave the first performance in Norfolk of John Rutter’s Requiem, a major work by a modern composer, in conjunction with the locally-based orchestra at Pulham Market, and in 2018 we believe we were the first choir to perform the Pankhurst Anthem, commissioned by Radio 3 to celebrate 100 years since women started to gain the vote, in the East Anglian region.

In 2007, the Norwich Singers were chosen to support Aled Jones in a concert in Kings Lynn.

There have been some memorable performances of favourite works such as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Schubert Masses, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C, Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, Acis and Galatea, and Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Faure’s Requiem. We perform songs from the long  history of English song, ranging  from madrigals to  the songs of John Rutter. Recently we have broadened our horizons further by performing songs from West End, Broadway and film musicals. The list of recent concerts below demonstrates the depth and breadth of music that the Norwich Singers enjoy performing.

Much of the music we use is borrowed from the Norfolk Music Library whose service we much appreciate.

Officers of the Norwich Singers

Musical Director: Jason Lambert

Chairperson: Suzanne Long

Accompanist: Matthew Bond

Secretary: Ursula Franklin

Treasurer: Eric Steward

Recent Concerts

 14 July 2018   This was a special concert to commemorate the ending of the first world war one hundred years ago. The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Norwich attended as well as representatives from the armed forces. Our performance included hymns, wartime songs and last night of the proms favourites.  Notably we were the first amateur choir to perform The Pankhurst Anthem which was written by Lucy Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst.

17 March 2018  Our Spring concert at Chapel Field Methodist Church comprised 400 years of song from the UK. The evening covered all types of song from madrigals to twentieth-century ‘new classics’, all of which were enthusiastically received by our audience.

16 and 19 December 2017  Our  Christmas concerts at Chapel Field Methodist Church in Norwich and at How Hill Trust  in Ludham were once again well attended, both with festive nibbles during the interval. We had plenty of support from good audiences on both occasions to join in the carols.

15 July 2017  Our Summer 2017 concert at Chapel Field Methodist Church celebrated French choral music and comprised Fauré’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Gloria –two distinctly different pieces, one well-known in the English concert hall, whilst the other perhaps deserves to be more widely heard.  In addition, Hannah Long performed songs composed by Poulenc, and a piano duet by the same composer, which was performed by our pianist Matthew Bond and our Musical Director Jason Lambert.

29 April 2017  Our Spring concert at Chapel Field Methodist Church in Norwich was a very relaxed and well-received affair covering many well-known show tunes, enjoyed by a large and responsive audience.