The History of the Choir
Quorum was founded in September 1989 as a group of ten singers to sing at the celebrations for the opening of the Dagnall Street Baptist Church, Cross Street Centre, Saint Albans.
Continuing like this until Ewart Hopkins became Musical Director in 1996, the choir subsequently grew, first to sixteen, and later to twenty voices. With this increase in number, the choir needed more space, and made the Comper Chapel of London Colney's All Saints Pastoral Centre its main concert venue. It's in this venue that the Quorum gained a good reputation for the tonal quality of its a capella singing.
The choir later changed its name to "Quorum Singers of St Albans".
Following the closure of the Comper Chapel, the choir established itself mainly in churches in and around the St Albans area.
Constituted as a Charitable Organisation, the choir has raised many thousands of pounds for several local and national charities.
Over the years we have been privileged to join up with other choirs and musicians to share in music making - of note was the summer of 2008 and 2010 when the choir featured with the South Wales Male Choir in concerts at St Albans Cathedral in aid of The Willow Foundation.
The choir as it is now
Now under the Directorship of Marianna Freeman, we are a self-financed, friendly four part (SATB) choir of around 20 singers, performing a wide range of Sacred and Secular music, both accompanied and unaccompanied.
Marianna has developed the repertoire of the choir and has been instrumental in introducing works by local and contemporary composers, including many pieces composed and arranged by our former director, Ewart Hopkins.
Quorum's joyful singing continues to delight audiences with varied concert programmes to suit all tastes, whilst raising money for worthy causes.
Rehearsals and Concerts
We rehearse weekly during term times in Fleetville, St Albans, travelling to nearby venues for our concert rehearsals. Rehearsals include a vocal warm up (physical warm up optional!) followed by learning new songs, or polishing up well-known pieces.
The choir practises in its four parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass, although members are split down further to first and second parts of each section - meaning we can learn pieces of up to eight parts!
We perform approximately three concerts a year in and around Hertfordshire, generally within St Albans. Our concerts raise money for local and national good causes, and we are always happy to be approached by charities looking for fundraising opportunities.
More information about our upcoming performances can be found on our Concerts and Events page.