South West England’s Premier Choir

Founded in 1970, our 150-plus members perform a variety of music in Plymouth and elsewhere in the country and abroad. We have won widespread acclaim and concerts often include world-class soloists and musicians. 'In the top 10% of amateur choirs in the UK' says internationally renowned tenor and choir Patron Neil Jenkins.


Judas Maccabaeus
An oratorio in three acts composed in 1746 by George Frideric Handel
Sunday 4th December 7:30pm Plymouth Guildhall

To book tickets for our future events, click the Concerts & Workshops tab.

Future 2022 dates for your diary:
Saturday 8 October – David Lawrence workshop
Sunday 4 December – Handel: Judas Maccabaeus at Plymouth Guildhall

Future 2023 dates for your diary:
Sunday 26 March – Dvorak: Stabat Mater at Plymouth Guildhall
Saturday 24 June –
Rutter: The Sprig of Thyme and Carter: Benedicite at Minster Church of St Andrew


Our  2022 choral workshop sees a welcome return to David Lawrence. His 2019 choral workshop was a huge success. For those who weren’t there, we thought we’d share some of David Lawrence’s advice on singing technique … and also some of his wit …!!

  • Open the back of your mouth wide and say “The space at the back of my mouth”, then sing as if you were singing out behind you. This opens the pharyngeal space, whereas singing forward creates a constricted space and forces the voice.
  • David got us to sing a closely harmonised phrase from the Little Jazz Mass with our eyes closed to emphasise the need to listen to each other – this was really effective.
  • David encouraged the altos to use their controlled vibrato to add richness of tone when singing forte at the top of our range – this earned us a round of applause.
  • Don’t drop your head when singing a low note and use the same face whether you’re singing high or low in your range.
  • To improve our diction, he got us to sing with our finger in our mouth and make the tongue work harder.
  • When you breathe in, imagine wearing a belt of noses around your waist.

It is no wonder that, under the direction of Christopher Fletcher, the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir has become recognized as one of the best in the country.

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I've never been to a concert like this before and didn't think I'd like it. They were amazing!

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The highlight for me was the duet between the counter tenor and the soprano. Magnificent.

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What a lot of effort everyone puts into it, and it really shows.

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Very, very, very nice.

It was a badass concert!!!

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