"The real star of the show turned out to be the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir"
“The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir totally stole the show, well surpassing the incredibly high standards which they already regularly attain”
Since 1840, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir (RLPC) has been central to the life of Liverpool Philharmonic.
Made up of amateur singers from across the North West and led by acclaimed Chorus Master Ian Tracey, the Choir’s achievements, repertoire and schedule are truly impressive. Whether they’re taking on choral masterpieces such as Orff’s Carmina Burana and Verdi’s Requiem, featuring in Liverpool Philharmonic’s festive extravaganza Spirit of Christmas, performing in iconic concert venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, singing alongside some of the world’s finest conductors, orchestras and soloists, touring abroad or appearing on CD recordings, no two seasons with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir are the same.
Come and sing with us!
We’re looking to recruit new members ahead of the 2022/23 concert season – and we know it’ll be a special one.
This year, we’ll be performing Puccini’s Messe di Gloria alongside Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Chief Conductor Domingo Hindoyan and Bach’s St Matthew Passion under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Manze, as well as singing Mozart’s Requiem and Tippett’s Child of Our Time. Of course, we’ll also appear in Liverpool Philharmonic’s ever-popular Spirit of Christmas concerts and the traditional annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.
The Choir rehearse on Monday evenings during term time (plus occasional workshop days), with additional rehearsals in the lead up to concerts.
Want to get involved? Click 'Apply Online' to apply today! We’re currently particularly interested to receive applications from tenors and basses.
All applicants must be over 18 years old. Auditions will be a short, friendly occasion where you’ll also get the chance to meet other choir members. Full details of the audition process will be sent to you within 3 days of applying.
Choir members do need to be able to read music and sight-sing to a good standard. There are lots of notes to cover in a rehearsal and so we need to make this a requirement. If you’re unsure about whether you meet this requirement it’s best to come along and have a try.
We aim to make auditions as welcoming and friendly as possible. Auditions last between 10 and 15 minutes.
You should prepare a piece of your choice. Something you know well and enjoy singing, a song, a hymn or a folk tune, lasting no more than 3 minutes. Please bring another 2 copies with you for the accompanist and Chorusmaster.
You will have the opportunity to warm up before the audition and go through your chosen item with the accompanist. You will also be given a couple of pages of music to have a look at in advance.
In the audition you will perform these as you would in a rehearsal and be accompanied on the piano.
With your invitation you will be sent short extracts from Handel’s Messiah specifically for your voice part. You need to prepare these in advance. One extract will be selected at audition and you will sing this and the accompanist will play. There will also be some range tests and exercises to see how well you can pick things up by ear.
If you love to sing, why not join us?
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Liverpool Philharmonic is committed to striving to represent modern Britain in all its diversity. Liverpool Philharmonic is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. In seeking to be representative of the Liverpool city region, applications from members of minority ethnic groups are particularly welcome as they are currently underrepresented within the creative industry. The appointment will be made on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process.