What did a church choir ever do for me?

The life of a parish chorister can open the doors to many futures. Not all of these are musical, but some are. Two internationally renowned singers, Andrea Haines and James Gilchrist, share their experiences and journeys.

16:15-17:00 27 April 2024


James Gilchrist

Recognised as ‘the finest Evangelist of his generation’, James Gilchrist is one of the UK’s leading tenors, whose extensive repertoire embraces works spanning many centuries. He is an enthusiastic and prolific exponent of lieder and enjoys nothing better than putting together interesting and challenging recital programmes. His impressive discography includes the Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel, Schubert and Schumann song cycles, Finzi, Bach and Britten. 

Andrea Haines

Andrea's love of singing started early as a member of the choir in her parish church in Kent, England. She went on to join as many choirs as would have her, including youth choirs of the Royal School of Church Music, and then studied Music at Cardiff University, before joining the GRAMMY®-nominated British vocal ensemble VOCES8 in 2008.

PHOTO CREDIT: Andy Staples


Joanna Forbes L'Estrange
Tansy Castledine
James Gilchrist
Robert Sharpe
Philip Moore
Alison Barrington
Pete Gunstone
Peter Asprey
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
Carl Jackson
Andy Thomas
William McVicker
Roxanna Panufnik
Andrea Haines
Victoria Johnson
Alexander L’Estrange
Adrian Bawtree
Ebor Singers
Nicholas Riddle