Best Choirs In The World

5th June 2023

Best Choirs In The World
Georgia Carter

Georgia Carter

Singing brings so much joy to those who are part of a choir and also to the audience. There can be so much spectacle and drama in a choral performance. So we wanted to share with you the best choirs around the world today. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will have found the choir that suits you the best. Wherever you are reading this!


What Is A Choir?

A choir is a group of singers who perform together, usually with multiple voice parts. These range from Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. The Soprano is the highest voice, usually taken by women and the alto is the lower female range. Tenor is the higher male range, and the Bass is the lowest range of voice, usually sung by men. There have been occasions when women sing the tenor part.

Singing in a choir can be a rewarding experience. It allows individuals to blend their voices with others and create harmonies. Choirs can perform a wide range of musical styles and genres, from classical to contemporary. They can be found in schools, churches, and community organizations.

Singing in a choir is important because it promotes social connection, improves vocal and musical skills, and can provide a sense of purpose and belonging.

Do you want to be part of a more classical and traditional choir or do you lean more towards show choirs, which may be more contemporary? Well there are plenty of incredible choirs out there so we will touch briefly on them today. Maybe you will be a member of one of them soon?


Which Are The Best Choirs In The World?

We have collated a list of choirs from around the world, and in our humble opinion, we do think we have found them. Will you agree?

The Sixteen – One Of The Best Choirs?

The Sixteen is a professional choir founded by Harry Christophers in 1977, known for their performances of early English polyphony and contemporary choral works.

The choir is a performing arts charity that aims to make choral music accessible to a diverse audience and enhance people’s lives through transformative performances. They strive to preserve and grow choral heritage while nurturing future generations of choral practitioners.

‘We make music of the past live, and we give a platform for the music of today.’ Harry Christophers

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is a world-renowned choir consisting of male choristers from the King’s College Choir School and choral scholars from the University of Cambridge. Founded in the 15th century, the choir is famous for its annual broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, which is heard by millions of people around the world.

The choir also performs regularly in concerts and tours internationally. Their repertoire includes a wide range of music, from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary works, and they have recorded extensively, winning numerous awards for their recordings. The choir is known for its distinctive sound, characterized by its pure tone, impeccable intonation, and expressive phrasing.

The Mississippi Mass Choir

The Mississippi Mass Choir is a gospel choir group hailing from Jackson, Mississippi. The choir was formed in 1988 by Frank Williams, a renowned gospel musician and composer. The group is composed of over 150 members, including singers and musicians, and is known for their powerful and soulful performances. They have released numerous albums and have won several awards, including Grammy and Stellar Awards. The Mississippi Mass Choir is recognized as one of the most influential and successful gospel choirs in the world.

The Welsh Of The West End

With over 18 million views online, Welsh of the West End has become a viral sensation.

They have been entertaining audiences with their show-stopping versions of musical theatre classics. They have performed at iconic venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium. Welsh Of The West End have wowed audiences internationally by reaching the live semi-finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Featured by Official London Theatre, What’s on Stage, ITV and the BBC. This musical theatre super-group includes Welsh performers from shows such as Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is a world-renowned professional choir based in Tallinn, Estonia. Founded in 1981 by Tõnu Kaljuste, the choir has gained international recognition for its exceptional musicality and innovative programming.

With a core group of 26 singers, the choir performs a wide range of repertoire, from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary works, and has collaborated with many leading conductors and orchestras, including Claudio Abbado, Paavo Järvi, and the Berlin Philharmonic. The choir has won numerous awards and accolades, including two Grammy Awards for their recordings of Arvo Pärt’s music.

They have also performed at major music festivals around the world, including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Salzburg Festival, and the BBC Proms. In addition to their concert performances, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is also involved in educational and outreach activities, working with young singers and composers to promote the choral art form.

Stellenbosch University Choir

The Stellenbosch University Choir is a renowned South African choir consisting of approximately 120 members, made up of students from Stellenbosch University and members of the local community. The choir was founded in 1936 and has since gained international recognition for their exceptional performances of both traditional and contemporary choral music.

They have won numerous awards and have performed in prestigious venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York and the Royal Festival Hall in London. The choir is known for their rich, harmonious sound and their ability to convey emotion through their music. They have released several albums and have collaborated with various artists and ensembles.

The Stellenbosch University Choir is committed to promoting the choral arts and inspiring future generations of singers.

Conclusion – The Best Choirs In The World

So here our ends our article about the best choirs in the world and I hope you have enjoyed it. Has it inspired you to sing and join a choir just like any of these mentioned today? There is nothing like the rush you feel when you sing all together, have perfect pitch and the audience are enthralled. Every choir we have mentioned today does ticks all those boxes and if you have ever thought about joining a choir, i would definitely recommend it.

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