Welcome to the Fairhaven Singers
Under Musical Director Ralph Woodward, the Fairhaven Singers has become one of Cambridge’s leading chamber choirs. Spanning eight centuries, from the sacred to the secular, our diverse repertoire has delighted audiences in Cambridge and across Europe. Our concerts range widely in mood and style, from intimate evenings of a cappella music to major choral-orchestral works with world-class soloists. Every concert offers the Fairhavens’ trademark energy, quality and warmth.
Our reputation for innovative programming and performances of the highest calibre has earned us a distinctive place in a city known for the vitality and richness of its choral tradition. The most expert listener will find something new at a Fairhaven Singers concert, while the new enthusiast can enjoy an exciting introduction to choral music.
Our 2015–16 concert season has just come to an end with a double-feature at Queen’s College Chapel, where we enjoyed an innovative and joyful programme inspired by summer sun and the Bard himself and, for the first time, presented in addition a child-friendly version of this concert in the afternoon, to encourage our next generation of listeners.
In October, we were joined by a string orchestra for an evening of radiant music dedicated to our departed friend, Dora Kemp. Freedom and Chains featured works written in or about captivity, culminating in Ēriks Ešenvalds’ new setting of words by Nelson Mandela. Our joyous Christmas concert, held in Trinity College Chapel, warmed and cheered with classic carols and a glass of wine. In March we were thrilled to perform Beethoven’s staggering masterpiece, the Missa solemnis, for the first time, backed by a superb orchestra and soloists.
Why not check out our most recent album, Into the Stars? Featuring many of the works we’ve commissioned over the years, the new CD is available to order now.