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The Civil Service Choir

“If anyone needed further proof that singing can bring people together and transform our lives, look no further than the Civil Service Choir! Their enthusiasm and sheer enjoyment of performing is infectious, in addition to their commitment and diligence in entertaining their audience with truly heartening performances.”

Ben Parry – Artistic Director of National Youth Choirs of Great Britain & Assistant Director of Music, King’s College, Cambridge

Civil Service Choir

SPARTA is proud to have supported the choir from its beginnings as Etcetera Choir (and its predecessors) covering our two departments to becoming the Civil Service Choir. In December 2022 it gave its 150th performance since being established in the autumn of 2009 and it has a membership of over 160 singers, covering most departments and many agencies.


Rehearsals are on Tuesday lunchtimes (at the Sacred Heart church on Horseferry Road, just a couple of minutes from Greater Minster House and 2 Marsham Street) and Wednesday evenings (the venue in Whitehall is advised to members). You do not have to attend both, but you can if you wish. The choir also offers remote participation in rehearsals via MS Teams.  The choir has occasional optional rehearsals / workshops on a Saturday or Sunday.


The choir performs a wide range of accompanied and unaccompanied repertoire in ambitious programmes in concerts and for events and has raised £1000s for charities. There are no auditions to join. SPARTA membership covers membership of the choir.  Additional fees may apply and a deposit is required for music.

For more details about the choir and how to join please visit the Civil Service Choir website.


​Recent comments about the choir:


  • “Thank you for bringing so much joy. The carol service was simply beautiful, emotional and spiritual.”

  • “Wow! A wonderful concert from beginning to end. Just brilliant.”

  • ”I am still basking in pleasure from last night’s concert.”

  • ”Simply spectacular!”

  • “A brilliant concert. Truly magical”

  • ”It was absolutely amazing. The choir sounded incredible, as did the orchestra.”

  • ”Well done. A really lovely programme.”

  • “It was quite the most moving and heartfelt performance I have known for many years.”

  • “From the moment the choir started singing it was clear something special was going to happen.”

  • “The audience was clearly enraptured and you all fully deserved the ovation at the end.”

  • “That wasn’t just a concert.  That was an experience!”


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