Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir Concert in Sage Gateshead, November 1st 2014.
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast, with Sir Thomas Allen, Northern Spirit, members of North East Youth Chorale and Mowbray Orchestra. Conductor: John Forsyth.

  Cleveland Philharmonic Choir      

  • is a mixed-voice choir which aspires to professional standards and has a good reputation in north-east England.
  • is fortunate in having John Forsyth MBE as Music Director – a source of non-stop energy, inspiration and fun.  John Forsyth MBE - Musical Director
  • is proud to have as its Honorary President Sir Thomas Allen CBE, the distinguished baritone.  Sir Thomas Allen CBE - Honorary President 
  • has over 120 members, currently aged from 17 upwards, from Middlesbrough, Stockton, East Cleveland, Hartlepool, Darlington and North Yorkshire.
  • gives at least three concerts a year, using  professional soloists and a good orchestra.
  • stages concerts throughout the Tees Valley region and beyond.
  • has weekly term-time rehearsals supported by several Choral Training days each year.
  • involves children and young people in its performances.
  • has sung music spanning five centuries of composition, including a world première and a joint commission; it is not afraid of a challenge.
  • has a mailing list of over 300, runs a limited edition free ticket scheme for new audience members and is supported by a ‘Friends of the Choir’ organisation.
  • gives a warm welcome and lots of help to new members.                           

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An Evening of Italian Music


Our next concert is an evening of Italian music. It will be held on Friday June 30th 2017 at St Mary's Cathedral, Coulby Newham.

See Concerts page for details

Our new Junior Choir!

For full information, see Junior Choir page

Joining the Choir

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir always welcomes new members. If you would enjoy singing with us, why not come along to a rehearsal?  More information

Friends of the Choir

Why not become a Friend of the Choir and get benefits such as discounts on concert tickets and advance notice of concerts.  More Information.

Announcements for Choir Members

Please see the Videos tab. There are some fantastic performances to see, and also a brief tour of St Mary's Cathedral which we will be using for our Italian Concert in June.

Please note the following dates:
30th May - no rehearsal - half-term break
Tues 27th June - Rehearsal at Middlesbrough Cathedral
Fri 30th June - "Italian" Concert - Middlesbrough Cathedral
Sat 21st October - St Cecilia concert in Ripon (Beethoven 9th)
Sat 2nd Dec - Concert (Britten, Corelli, Vaughan Williams)
Sun 17th Dec - Family Christmas concert

There is a wonderful radio programme about the first performance of the Britten WR. See Music page.


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