About the Cappella Singers

Choir rehearsing afternoon before concert

The Cappella Singers were founded in 1960 by the late Mark Foster. We sing music of many styles and periods, both sacred and secular, serious and light-hearted. Usually we sing unaccompanied or with organ or piano. Occasionally we are accompanied by instruments, for example an ensemble of cornetts and sackbuts.

Rehearsing with instrumentsWe have commissioned and performed several new works. For our March 2024 concert John Merrick, composer of the Bee Carol (sung at King’s College Cambridge last Christmas), has written for us a setting of Shakespeare’s words When daisies pied and violets blue. And for our July concert, when we are joined by an instrumental ensemble, we have commissioned from Mark Blatchly a new setting of Psalm 150, evoking the music of trumpets and cymbals; and from Matthew Cann a setting of Haec Dies (This is the day which the Lord hath made).

Philip CollsSpacer Philip Colls, a native of Yorkshire, has been our Musical Director since 1981. He has sung successively with the cathedral choirs of Carlisle, Peterborough and Gloucester.

For many years he taught Music and French at the High School for Girls, Gloucester; and also Music at Rendcomb College Junior School. When not on duty, he spends most of his time in the kitchen or attempting to solve crossword puzzles.


Our Committee consists of a Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Minutes Secretary, Social Secretary and Publicity Officer. The Musical Director is an Ex Officio member. Committee members are elected at the choir’s AGM,usually held in June.


The choir is a Registered Charity (no. 262530).