Coro 94 are one of the UK’s finest young chamber choirs.
A vibrant, young, mixed-voice chamber choir. Coro 94 have performed across the UK and Europe.
Their diverse repertoire includes music from 5 centuries in an exciting mix of sacred, classical and contemporary styles.
In March 2022, the choir are due to make their first live performance since before the Covid pandemic.
‘MESSIAH in a NEW LIGHT’ will be a very special concert, in which Coro 94 take a fresh new approach to the iconic music of Handel’s ‘Messiah‘ and combine this with a range of complementary pieces from other composers including Stainer, Purcell and more.
BACK TO LIFE – 2021 / 22
The singers of Coro 94 have stayed in continuous contact throughout the last 2+ years, with regular online rehearsals, video releases and even a full virtual concert. But there is nothing like the thrill of live music, and Coro were very excited to come back to ‘real world’ rehearsals in Autumn 2021, to start working towards future concerts.
CORO 94 – History, Origin and Details
Coro 94 was founded in 2014, as an evolution from the Cantate Alumni Choir. The choir was named in recognition of the twentieth anniversary of Cantate Youth Choir‘s foundation in 1994, and the strong connection that this group of singers has maintained with Italy.
Coro 94 are young mixed-voice choir of approximately 25 singers, with an average age of between 20 and 40. Members come from over a wide area of central and southern England.
The choir is directed by Michael Kibblewhite, one of the UK’s best known choral directors, and Founder-Director of Cantate Youth Choir with whom he won many national and international competitions. He has also directed several other prestigious choirs including Cambridge Chorale, East London Chorus, Harlow Chorus, Harlow Boys’ Choir, Hertfordshire Chorus and King’s Lynn Festival Chorus.
Repertoire and Schedule
Coro 94’s repertoire is diverse and eclectic including 5 centuries of sacred, classical and contemporary music, spirituals, gospel, pop and folk arrangements. The choir’s latest CD “Allus” features music from Byrd and Weelkes to Ola Gjeilo and Morten Lauridsen.
We have just a few Saturday or Sunday rehearsals (10am – 3.30pm) for each concert, in or around Bishop’s Stortford, Herts. Rehearsal time is valuable, we work hard, but in a relaxed atmosphere of friendliness and fun.
There are normally 4 concerts per year. The two on the weekend before Christmas comprise the annual Family Carol Service in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral and the Coro 94 Christmas Concert. There is a third concert around Easter time and the final concert of the season is the popular Summer Picnic Concert.
A short summer tour has become a regular feature of the choir’s calendar alternating between visits to Italy and UK destinations.
‘ALLUS’ is the latest album from Coro 94, which is available to buy at all of the choir’s concerts.
The album can also be streamed in high-quality audio from all major music websites.
(e.g. iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music)
Coro 94 welcomes applications from experienced singers, for whom there are vacancies from time to time.
Membership is not restricted to alumni of Cantate Youth Choir.