The Choir

Under Musical Director Ralph Woodward, the Fairhaven Singers has become one of East Anglia’s foremost 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, but every concert offers our trademark energy, quality and warmth.

Recent highlights have included a collaboration with Michael Chance and the English Chamber Orchestra, a project with Dame Emma Kirkby and the City of London Sinfonia, and Bach’s St John Passion with The Parley of Instruments. The choir has performed several times at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk for the Aldeburgh Festival and the Britten Festival, and at major venues in London such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square and Southwark Cathedral. Recent international tours have taken the choir to Germany, France, Austria, and Latvia.

The choir has appeared on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4, and Classic FM, and has released three CDs: The Blue Skies that Sparkle (2007), a collection of choral works celebrating the beauty of nature; Will Todd Requiem (2009), awarded five stars by Choir & Organ magazine and an 18 certificate by Aled Jones; and Full of Grace: Songs to the Virgin Mary (2011), a selection of transcendent music dedicated to the Virgin Mary and produced by John Rutter. 2014 will see us record another CD, sing in Italy, and premiere a new a cappella work by Somtow Sucharitkul.

Every year the choir undertakes several concerts for charity. If you are fund-raising and wish to discuss how the Fairhaven Singers might help, or if you might wish to hire us for a wedding, corporate function, conference or reception, please contact the Chairman.

Rehearsals are held in Queens’ College Chapel each Tuesday evening in term-time. Although we have a waiting list, we do occasionally require more singers; please see here for more information and contact the Musical Director if you might be interested in auditioning.

Musical Director: Ralph Woodward: ralph.woodward@btinternet.com
Chairman: Robin Higgons: robin.higgons@qi3.co.uk