We are a 60-strong mixed voice choir based in West London. Our repertoire is deliberately varied from baroque, classical and contemporary choral works to modern and show songs, traditional Christmas carols and folksongs (from all corners and occasionally in the original language!)
The choir welcomes new members and provides equal learning and performance opportunities for singers of mixed ability, ages and background. The rehearsal hall and the church where we give most of our concerts are wheelchair accessible and we may be able to provide .pdf files of the repertoire for a concert for those who need bigger print or use a laptop/tablet. However, if you have a particular requirement, we strongly encourage you to make contact to talk to us and possibly arrange a preliminary meeting ; the Wednesday rehearsals are time-pressured and would not give us time to address your situation. You can contact us at via "more @ questorschoir.org"
Our year runs from September to July, with breaks at school holiday times, and we usually prepare for three concerts a year (Christmas, Spring and Summer) at St Martins. We also sing at events around the Borough, by decision of the Choir, and have taken part in the London Sangerstevne.
Honorary President of Questors Choir, Betty began playing the piano aged 6 and music has been the centre of her life ever since, with a professional career stretching over sixty years which has included playing, composing, singing, teaching, conducting, running workshops, examining and adjudicating. Her compositions range from operas to pantomimes, choral works to musicals. She started the NorthKen Choir/Chorale/Opera in the 1960s and remained with them until their recent closure. She sang regularly with Questors Choir and was elected Honorary President in 2011, She had a new CD out in 2017. Further information can be found here (http://www.bettyroe.com)
Paul also conducts City Chorus and London College of Music Chorus (at the University of West London), accompanies Concordia Voices, and is associate accompanist of Crouch End Festival Chorus. He has led many music education workshops for children, and played piano for improvised comedy shows and musical theatre. Please visit www.paulayres.co.uk to read more.
Benedict Lewis-Smith became our Accompanist in November 2020. He studied music at The University of Oxford (2007–2010), and prior to this was awarded a place as a specialist musician at Wells Cathedral School, Somerset. He is now Director of Music at St Columba’s Church, Knightsbridge and combines this role with a substantial freelance career in London including vocal coaching, accompanying and conducting. He has established choirs for a number of the city firms and in 2018 founded his own group The Iona Consort.
He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and recently recorded on the digital label Resonus Classics and Regent Records. Recent performances include recitals in the Victoria International Arts Festival, Gozo, and a concert tour of Buenos Aires, where he delivered classes in English song to the students at the Departamento de Artes Musicales y Sonoras. In 2019 he was invited to deliver a choral workshop at St Paul’s School, São Paulo, Brazil, and in London he works with choirs at Westminster School and Hill House International Preparatory School. Benedict performs alongside Julian Collings as the Oxbridge Organ Duo, with recent performances in Kristiansand Cathedral (Norway) and St George’s Basilica (Gozo). Their debut CD ‘Firebird’, on the Regent Records label, was released to great critical acclaim in 2018.