The Choir was founded in 1925, first registered as a charity in 1972 and is governed by a Constitution and Rules. The charitable objects of the Choir are ‘the study and practice of choral music in order to foster public knowledge and appreciation of such music by means of public performance’.

The Choir seeks to achieve these objects by:

  • giving public performances in a number of musical styles at a variety of venues often in support of other charitable organisations;
  • offering opportunities for male singers to develop and practise their skills in rehearsal and performance.

The main areas of activity are:

  • giving concerts primarily in York and North Yorkshire;
  • entering competitive musical festivals;
  • holding internal training or social events;
  • developing collaborative links with other choirs.

The choir has some 60 members and would expect 30-40 to be singing at any one concert. Members ages range from 20s to 80s and new members are always welcomed. At any time we can have a singer with a few weeks experience alongside seasoned performers of 30, 40 or even 50 years. Rehearsals are held at the York City Church, The Citadel, Gillygate, York YO31 7EA on Monday nights between 7.30 and 9.30pm. Afterwards a number of choristers make the short walk to the Snickelways Inn in Goodramgate for beer, wine, supper and an informal sing.

We try and make all our concerts a social as well as a musical treat. In this we are well supported by our wives and partners [ the ‘Phillies’] , and by our friends and sponsors. We perform in a number of local concerts every year but also, as the wider choir family, travel further afield. In 2004 we toured parts of France singing at Rheims, Dijon, Angers and Rouen. In 2005 we went to Northern Ireland [Coleraine] and Scotland [Ayr]. In 2006 we travelled once again to our twin city of Münster in Germany. In 2010 the Choir enjoyed a tour singing in Lochem and Bruges. In 2013, the Choir returned to Münster where we were joined with a men's choir from Lochem. The Choir visited Münster again in September 2015 to take part in a multi-national celebration of song.

The choir is fortunate to have a number of talented soloists in its ranks as well as a multi-talented musical team which includes Berenice Lewis, Graham and Richard Kay and Eileen Grey. However we do, on occasion, invite other performers to join us on stage.

We love to sing and delight in entertaining as often as we can. This pleasure is enhanced by knowing that we almost always perform as part of a fund raising event. We are delighted that through our music we help local causes to raise around £15,000 a year.