Escafeld Chorale

Escafeld Chorale began life in 1969 as a small group of friends, the Fossdale Singers, under the direction of music teacher Ron Law. It has steadily grown over the years (changing its name along the way) into a choir of around 60 singers, while still retaining its friendly atmosphere. Under subsequent conductors (Francis Wells, Peter Dutton, Ian Roberts and Nigel Russell-Sewell) the choir has expanded its repertoire to encompass a wide range of music, from Palestrina, Byrd and Vivaldi, through Mozart, Haydn and Handel to Poulenc, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Britten. Highlights have included Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Rossini's Petite messe solennelle and Elgar's The Music Makers.

Escafeld's spring concert is usually centred around a major work from the choral repertoire, while summer concerts are generally lighter in tone. Choir members still enjoy singing the madrigals and part songs that formed the mainstay of their early repertoire, and Christmas concerts of seasonal music and readings are firm favourites with both choir and audience. Visit the website for more information about Escafeld's repertoire.

Escafeld regularly works with local soloists, accompanists and instrumentalists, and is particularly keen to encourage young musicians (especially through the Associate Soloist scheme) and to support local charities. In 2019 it celebrated its 50th anniversary with two special concerts featuring some of its favourite music from the previous 50 years (and cake!), plus guest appearances from previous Associate Soloists.

Escafeld is looking to appoint a new conductor in spring 2022 (closing date for applications 23 February 2022). Full details on the website.

For tickets, use the online link on our website or contact Ann Kingdom:

How to get involved

From time to time we have vacancies in all sections and a friendly welcome is extended to new members. We don’t ask you to undergo an audition but we do expect a certain level of musical ability and there’s a short probationary period. Prospective members should contact Anna Crewe ( or use the contact button on the website:

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