ECS is a choir made up of singers from choirs affiliated with the RSCM in Europe. Depending on the occasion, the choir has around 35 members – mainly from the Benelux area.
The main focus of ECS activity is a week of Cathedral singing – typically in the first full weeks of August, during which all choral services are sung. This normally includes choral Evensong daily, two or three services on Sunday and any other special services as directed by the cathedral.
ECS often travels in Spring for shorter Cathedral visits – most recently Malta, Manchester, Coventry and Florence.
Our plans for 2018 already include a Singing Weekend in April, a week singing at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, and a trip towards the end of the year to support an important service in Paris.
We also provide choral support for some special services in the Archdeaconry of NW Europe [eg ordinations], and occasionally give concerts.
The choir has a shifting formation with a core of regular participants so new singers with the appropriate voices and skills are welcome. In line with other RSCM Cathedral singers groups in the UK, it is expected that our members will have attained, or be at a level of ability equivalent to, the RSCM Silver Award. Where an applicant does not yet have such a qualification, a voice and music test may be required.
We are a varied group in ages and nationalities and the language of the choir is English. If you are interested in joining the ECS, please contact Martin van Bleek using the form below: