About the Choir

The Portrait Choir, 2015. Photograph by andystaplesphotography.com.

Formed in June 2013, The Portrait Choir is at the heart of the National Portrait Gallery’s Choir in Residence programme. The Choir is made up of some of the UK’s finest young professional singers, many of whom have recently graduated from a number of the country’s most prestigious music institutions and sing as soloists and in other leading chamber choirs. The Choir takes residence in the Gallery around four times a year and performs music which explores some of the themes associated with the Gallery’s Collection, exhibitions and displays.

The Portrait Choir has collaborated with various leading artists and ensembles, including New Century Baroque, Florilegium and the Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra. The Choir have also given a number of performances outside of the Gallery: in 2015 they appeared for a second time at the Latitude Festival and performed at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in a production of All the Angels: Handel and the first Messiah.

The Portrait Choir has a strong commitment to new music. Recent commissions include works by Josephine Stephenson, Ben Parry, James Burton, Beni Giles, Richard Wilberforce, Freya Waley-Cohen and Will Dutta, the Gallery’s Creative Programmer, Friday Night Music.

For more information on The Portrait Choir and the Choir in Residence programme please email choir@npg.org.uk

The Portrait Choir, 2015. Photograph by andystaplesphotography.com.