The Whitehall Choir began its existence as a lunchtime madrigal group in the Board of Trade during the Second World War. Since then it has grown to become a notable part of the London music scene. It has a varied repertoire, a willingness to experiment, and an approach which brings intelligence, understanding and considerable musicianship to its performances.
The choir regularly performs at St John's Smith Square, the Banqueting House in Whitehall, and major city churches and has recently begun recording as part of its regular activities, and has now produced two CDs, one of Bruckner's great E minor Mass for wind and brass with choir and Paul Spicer's The Deciduous Cross, and the other (released in April 2009) of Music for the Season of Christmas Fairest Flower of Any Field.
The concert organist Christopher Herrick was the choir's conductor for twenty years and Paul Spicer succeeded him in September 2000. His first concert with the choir, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, was a performance of Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony and, to celebrate his centenary, Gerald Finzi's Intimations of Immortality. Since then repertoire has been smaller-scale as the choir has reduced its membership to 65 and made Smith Square its principle performing venue. One of the current focuses of the choir's musical activities is Handel's Sacred Dramas and these feature regularly in programmes. Samson, Saul, Judas Maccabaeus, Israel in Egypt, Alexander's Feast are among the works already performed or being prepared. Other less common repertoire has included, Kenneth Leighton’s Columba Mea, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms in a two piano arrangement, Dyson’s The Blacksmiths, the reconstruction of Bach's St.Mark Passion and Robert Levin's completion of Mozart's C minor Mass, all of which were very warmly received.
See the choir's website for more information and details of forthcoming concerts.