The name Chanticleer comes from the singing cockerel in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Having begun singing under the mantle of the Malton Singers, in 1975 our choir adopted the name The Chanticleer Singers.
Our Director, Jane Sturmheit, joined us in 1977 when we were performing concerts locally, in nearby villages, and begining to build our reputation for good music and a wide ranging repertoire.
The Chanticleer Singers is now very well-travelled, having sung over 290 concerts in 110 different venues - in the UK and abroad.
Some of the grandest venues in the UK include Ely and Liverpool Cathedrals, York Minster, Inverary Castle, Oxford, St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the Archbishop's Palace in York.
Past travels have included Cork, an international choir festival in Pornic, France, and more recently a concert in Herefordshire. We have made numerous radio and television performances and have several recordings available on CD. Our 'Heart and Soul' CD features the lighter side of the choir's repertoire: folk songs, spirituals and popular music from the 1930s onward.
There are currently about 30 singers in the choir, performing four or five concerts annually in the local area. Always popular are the two Christmas concerts which are sung by candlelight in the beautiful St. Mary's Priory Church in Old Malton - two performances being necessary to accommodate all those who wish to attend. The choir also responds, when possible, to requests to sing for other organisations and occasionally sings for weddings.
The choir's repertoire leans towards classical and sacred music, but the singers are equally at home with popular and folk music and songs from musicals.
Some memorable events have included:
Music for Solace and Reflection in the beautiful Lastingham church with works by Lotti, Duruflé, Bruckner, Purcell and Vaughan Williams.
Eleanor Daley's Requiem, a magical setting of the mass in a programme of 20th-century British choral music, including Parry’s I was glad, Harris’ Faire is the heaven and Like as the hart by Howells.
75th Birthday Concert for Andrew Carter - in October 2014 the choir performed music by Andrew Carter, our President, in celebration of his 75th birthday in St. Chad's Church, York. The church was packed and Andrew conducted some of the music himself.
Sacred and secular music in St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne where the choir sung pieces by Stanford, Fauré, Rachmaninov and more modern works by Howard Goodall, Karl Jenkins and Eric Whitacre, together with lighter music including Gershwin's Someone to watch over me, Schonberg's Bring him home from Les Miserables and A Tribute to Queen. The choir was also invited to sing Mass in the Cathedral on the Sunday morning including Byrd's Ave Verum Corpus.
Lighter Music Events held cabaret-style in the Milton Rooms, Malton. In 2018 the concert was given in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research, with music from theatre and film, and was a highly successful fundraiser for the charity.
Bob Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass was sung in July 2019 at a concert at the Milton Rooms, Malton, which also included popular music from the 60s and 70s, with some of Burt Bacharach’s most well-known songs.
Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Bach’s Komm Jesu Komm – two of the greatest choral gems from the late baroque - performed in All Saints’ Church, Kirkbymoorside.
Come & Sing events - hundreds of people attending singing days in the last few years have enjoyed learning and performing John Rutter’s Requiem, The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, Misa Criolla by the Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez – and in 2019, the Fauré Requiem at a special occasion, at which over 150 singers came together to enjoy a fantastic day led by Nigel Perrin, one of the founder members of the King’s Singers, as Guest Director.
Most works are sung in their original language and the choir has experience of singing in French, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew and Finnish - as well as English and Latin!