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
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 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
The Musical Director is an Ex Officio member.
Committee members are elected at the choir’s AGM,usually held in
The choir is a Registered Charity (no.