CHILTERN CHAMBER CHOIR
Chiltern Chamber Choir was founded by its director Adrian Davis in 1976, and draws its singers from Berkhamsted and the surrounding towns and villages. They share a passion for singing and perform at least three main concerts each year in St Peter’s Church, mostly with orchestra or organ accompaniment. Though they have outgrown their original chamber choir size, their standard is enviably high and they enjoy a fine reputation both locally amongst their numerous supporters and in many places outside Britain as well.
The Choir’s impressive repertoire ranges from music of the 12th century to contemporary works, often including works written specifically for the choir by Adrian Davis.
Since 1996, the Choir has undertaken many concert tours abroad, sometimes on tour alone and sometimes in collaboration with other choirs, such as the Madrid Bach Society Choir and the world famous Leipzig GewandhausChor. They have performed for Spanish television and have a special relationship with members of a Spanish choir with whom they have sung on various occasions. They have sung in Italy, in Germany and in Spain, and recently most frequently in France. In 2016 the tour was, for the third year running, to the Languedoc Roussillon area of France, where the choir opened the new music festival of the Compagnons de Maguelone in their wonderful cathedral. The success of their performance led to an invitation to give a performance of Handel’s Messiah as part of the Compagnons’ new programme of major concerts; this will take place in October 2017.
Jonathan Lee was a pupil of Berkhamsted School, the Royal Academy of Music and studied at the University of Cambridge where he was an organ scholar and took his degree in music. Since 2002 he has been the organist at St Peter’s church in Berkhamsted, and has made recordings with the church choir. He has accompanied both St Peter’s choir and Chiltern Chamber Choir on tours abroad to several countries, including Spain, where he played continuo in a concert that the choir gave for Spanish television, to France, Germany and Italy. In Germany he accompanied the Leipzig Gewandhaus choir in a concert that was part of their Mendelssohn Festival. He is no stranger to inaccessible organ lofts and has delighted audiences in numerous countries with his mastery of little-used instruments.
As well as his work as an organist with these various choirs, he has travelled widely on his own account to play in Switzerland, South Africa and the USA, to name a few. He also works as an editor with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, teaches keyboard and spends much time as a free-lance recording producer