About the Choir

The Portrait Choir
was founded in 2013 with the aim of providing Gallery visitors with new ways to appreciate portraiture and music. 

The chamber choir is comprised of both professional and aspiring young singers from across the UK. Each section of the choir is made up of one highly experienced professional and four or five young singers. The professionals will mentor their sections and offer training, advice and support. Many of the young singers have recently finished, or will be completing, their studies at some of Britain’s most prestigious music conservatoires, and have been selected for their ambitions to further their singing.

The choir will be in residence in the Gallery at least five times a year to rehearse and perform a wide repertoire of choral works. These performances will take place in various spaces throughout the Gallery and will relate to portrait themes, the Collection and the exhibition programme. 

The Portrait Choir will also commission and perform one new work each year and there are plans for opera productions as well as engagements outside the Gallery.

The Portrait Choir, June 2013. Photograph by Jorge Herrera.