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
The choir is still operating but as a virtual choir for the time being. There are two on-line rehearsals each week.
The Civil Service Choir is no ordinary workplace choir. It is the largest and most thriving choir in the Civil Service, with over 150 members drawn from government departments and agencies in Westminster, and with a reputation for remarkable performances.
We perform a wide range of accompanied and unaccompanied repertoire in ambitious programmes in concerts and for event.
In June 2019 we sang in a Service of Thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey for the life and work of Jeremy, Lord Heywood of Whitehall GCB CVO. We are honoured to give concerts in the prestigious and magnificent baroque concert venue of St John’s Smith Square; in the beautiful Victorian church of St Stephen’s, Rochester Row; in the Guards’ Chapel, Wellington Barracks; and at events in various Government Departments in Westminster. We undertook our first tour in October 2018 during which we sang at the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony in Ypres and gave a concert at the church of St Walburga in Bruges, Belgium. We have taken part in the St John’s Smith Square Holy Week Festival, the Brandenburg London Choral Festival and the London Jazz Festival.
Choir members range from administrators to Senior Civil Servants (including a Permanent Secretary!), and from those who have never before sung in a choir or read music, through to highly experienced and talented singers. Membership is open to anyone working in Governmental or Parliamentary bodies, and those who are former civil servants.
There are no auditions to join and everyone is welcome, though for some smaller scale performances we may have to audition those wishing to take part where the circumstances of the event demand it.
For more details about the choir and how to join please visit the Civil Service Choir website.
Recent comments about the choir include:
“What a terrific choir!”
“I love this wonderful choir” – composer Will Todd
“Thanks for a fabulous performance of Songs of Love this evening. What a lovely concert – great to hear you all” – composer Will Todd
“Absolutely stunningly good. Bravo”
“One of the largest and certainly most adventurous and successful work place choirs” – London Jazz Festival
“Hugely talented people committed to bringing musical joy to others”
“Fantastic sound and everyone was so enthusiastic”
“The choir were amazing”
“An outstanding choir, an outstanding orchestra”
“A unique and inspiring event”
Chick below to view the CS Choir Performance specially recorded for SPARTA Virtual Activity Week