More about the Challoner Choir

The choir is named after Bishop Richard Challoner (1691 to1781).

He was the Vicar Apostolic of the London District and was at the centre of much of the Catholic activity in the country at the time while also working among the capital's poor.

His remains are interred in the Chapel of St Gregory and St Augustine in Westminster Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Challoner Choir are drawn from all over London and the surrounding regions.

The choir is an amateur (voluntary) choir. However it takes on some challenging liturgical music with a minimum of rehearsal time. The essential characteristics for members are enthusiam for the music and a quick ear.


 Members of the Schola Cantorum are required to pass a brief audition to demonstrate their ability to hold a musical line, tune their pitch and blend their tone. Auditions are held quarterly, by arrangement with the musical director.

 

Andrew Seidler is the Choir's musical director.

He took a First in Mathematics and Music from the University of London with specialisms including music in Mediaeval and Renaissance Europe and the performance of Baroque music.

 

Andrew continued his singing studies as a diversion from his career in the finance professions. He now sings with various choirs and ensembles and has been priviledged to work with many of the world’s leading choral conductors.

Andrew has been the director of Challoner Choir for ten years.