We are a choir of 24 voices, drawing our singers from across West Sussex. Directed by Peter Allwood, we aim to share our love of choral music with audiences in the Chichester area.
Peter read music at King’s College, Cambridge, singing as a choral scholar under the direction of Sir David Willcocks and Sir Philip Ledger. After a year’s study in Durham, where he was conductor of the University Chamber Choir, he became Director of Music first at Leighton Park School in Reading, then Oundle School, Northamptonshire and, from 1985, at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham. During that time he conducted many operas and orchestral concerts, and worked with both adult and children’s choirs, recording a number of CDs on the Guild and Carlton Labels.
Peter was a director of the National Youth Music Theatre from 1978 – 2000, composing and directing many shows during that time. His compositions for the NYMT include Bendigo Boswell (BBC TV 1983), Jack Spratt VC (Edinburgh Fringe First 1985), The Little Rats (Sadler’s Wells 1989), Aurelius (Edinburgh 1997), and Pendragon (Far East, London, Edinburgh, Broadway, BBC TV, recorded on the TER Label). These featured in the NYMT’s 40th Anniversary show in the West End in October 2016.Other compositions include The Dream of the Rood (1993), a sacred music drama commissioned by St Albans Abbey for their Twelfth Century Celebrations, Out of the Mouths of Children (2011) for unaccompanied Double SATB and Children’s Choir, commissioned for the Tagore Festival in Calcutta, and a setting of Psalm 150 commissioned for performance by the Winchester Cathedral Choir in May 2014.
From 2001 to 2011, Peter was Headmaster of Lichfield Cathedral School, during which time it expanded from a prep school to an all-through, 3-18, coeducational school, and he was responsible for founding a new Girls’ Choir for Lichfield which is now thoroughly integrated into the Cathedral Choral Foundation. He is now a freelance musician, based in West Sussex, and currently conducts the Sandgate Singers and the Chantry Quire on a regular basis. Together with his wife Ros he runs a local community orchestra, the Downland Ensemble, and is an occasional guest conductor with other choirs and orchestras, notably the Dorking Chamber Orchestra. He is working on various composition projects, including a major revision of The Dream of the Rood. In addition, he acts as a consultant on choral appointments, adjudicates choral and instrumental competitions, examines for the Associated Board and runs choral workshops and singing weekends in this country and abroad. Since June 2017 he has been Chairman of the Cathedral Music Trust.
Sing with Chantry Quire
We welcome new singers with blending voices who are good readers. We rehearse in Arundel on five or six Tuesday evenings before each concert. For further information either use the email form on our contact page, or send a message direct to our Secretary, Sally Morris, who will be happy to answer questions and to arrange an audition if appropriate. Click on the link below: