Edinburgh Festival Chorus CHOIR

Since its foundation in 1965 the Chorus has been at the heart of the Edinburgh International Festival, performing annually with internationally renowned orchestras, soloists and conductors.

The Chorus has performed virtually all the great standard works of the 19th and 20th centuries, continuously broadening its repertoire under the Festival Director’s programming. Festival 2014 performances included Debussy’s Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien with the RSNO and Oliver Knussen; Britten’s War Requiem with the Philharmonia and Sir Andrew Davis; Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony with the RSNO and John Axelrod and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and Sir Jonathan Mills’s Sandakan Threnody with the BBC SSO and Ilan Volkov.

The Chorus occasionally performs out with the Festival and has most recently joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and its Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles at the 2010 BBC Proms for Mahler’s Symphony No.3; two performances of Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem in Edinburgh and Glasgow as part of the orchestra’s 75th anniversary season in February 2011; at the 2011 BBC Proms with Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé; two performances of Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody in March 2012; a performance of Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony in May 2014 with Associate Guest Conductor Andrew Manze; and three performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in November 2014.

Christopher Bell was appointed Chorus Master of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus in October 2007. He is also currently Chorus Director of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago and of the RSNO Junior Chorus and has been Artistic Director of the National Youth Choir of Scotland since its formation in 1996. The Open University awarded him an Honorary Masters Degree for Services to the Arts in 2009 and in 2013 Chorus America awarded him the Michael Korn Founders Award for the Development of the Professional Choral Art.