The Andreas Ensemble

A group of singers dedicated to performing The Glorious Cathedral music of England and Europe

About the Andreas Ensemble

Why was it formed?

The Andreas Ensemble, first formed in Spring 2005 in Bishop Auckland, offers a wonderful opportunity for capable amateur singers to rise to the challenge of performing music from our glorious heritage of church music, the music of the great cathedral choirs of England and of Europe, alongside secular items like madrigals and part-songs.

The Andreas Ensemble is an occasional choir, performing not only in St. Andrews from time to time, but in other churches and locations around the region. It is by nature inter-church and inter-denominational and in no sense competes with parish choirs singing every Sunday in their own churches; indeed some of our members have been Choirmasters themselves in other churches some distance away.

Who sings in the Andreas Ensemble?

This is a friendly and enthusiastic chamber choir, which sets itself high standards of choral singing, drawing singers with a real love of church music from all over Co. Durham and from churches of all denominations, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Anglican and others, but including individuals not currently associated with any particular religious organisation.

Where does it meet?

The Ensemble rehearses each week, on Tuesday evenings 7.30-9.00 pm, in the striking medieval surroundings of Bishop Auckland's 'mini-cathedral', the 13th century St. Andrew's, South Church, reputedly the largest parish church in County Durham.

What sort of performances does the Andreas Ensemble undertake?

The choir performs 5 or 6 times a year in a variety of venues and localities.

Performances to date in various different venues throughout the region have included not only concerts, but also full choral evensongs and other special choir services, Carols by Candlelight with mulled wine and singing at particular events like the Brancepeth Flower Festival, the Bowes Museum Christmas Market, a workshop exploring the Advent and Christmas Lutheran chorales and a concert for trumpet and organ.
Details of past performances and up and coming events are listed further down this page.
The Andreas Ensemble is also available to sing services in other churches of all denominations, for weddings and to take part in concerts and other festivities.

A lively and friendly group

The Ensemble is a friendly group, encompassing people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, who enjoy a good social life together in addition to their musical activity.

What about joining in?

If you are interested in joining the Andreas Ensemble, members are required to: a) have some ability to read music or be prepared to make an intensive effort to learn b) have a reasonable choral voice and be able, with training to sing in tune and in time. We are looking now to expand our numbers with new singers in all voice registers. If you would like to join The Andreas Ensemble or would like to find out more, please contact Brian Varley, BA(Oxon) ARCO, Organist of St.Andrew's on (01388) 606075 or email: brianvarley@orpheusmail.co.uk
Well be delighted to hear from you.

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