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Founded by Archbishop Harsnett in 1629, Chigwell School has a fine tradition in music spanning three centuries.  The music department is based in the Walde Music School and has an outstanding reputation preparing candidates for examinations, university, scholarships and Musician of the Year.  The Chapel Choir and Choral Society are two of many choirs in the School.  As well as singing concerts, including at the Royal Festival Hall where they made their solo debut in March 2015, the Chapel Choir has the frequent honour of leading services across the UK in the absence of the Cathedrals’ own choirs. This includes in the last two years: York Minster, Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, St. John’s College and Pembroke Colleges,  Cambridge. Abroad, they have performed concerts in the Cathedrals and Basilicas of Barcelona, Tarragona, Cadiz, Seville, Grenada, the Mezquita in Cordoba, Jerez de la Frontera, Carmona and the wonderful Montserrat Abbey.  The choir enjoys enjoy a varied repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to modern; they very much enjoy singing the modern controlled dissonances of Whitacre, Lauridsen, Górecki, Mealor and Leighton as well as the counterpoint of Handel, Bach and Mozart.

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