Founded in 1992, Kingfisher Chorale is a chamber choir of national repute. After success in the BBC Choir of the Year competition, the choir went on to perform all over the country and release a number of CDs, including the world premier of Malcolm Arnold's John Clare Cantata.
Our repertoire covers works from the mediaeval period to new commissions and world premiers. We champion less well-known repertoire including pieces by Biber and Distler and we've developed a notable reputation for performing contemporary works by Fisher, Pärt, Downes, Sjöberg, Jewitt, Duxbury and the late Peter Crump.
The choir under Giles Turner gave the first two performances of the jazz trio version of Will Todd's Mass in Blue, accompanied by the Brian Humpherson Trio.
Through our individual vocal expertise, dedication and desire, we aim to excel in choral singing.
As a Choir, we thrive on making music
beyond the notes.
Musical Director, Giles Turner brings to the choir a wealth of national and international experience. An accomplished professional tenor himself, he was musical Director of the Daventry Choral Society for 10 years, then went on to conduct the Leicester Bach Choir for five years.
He has been a regular adjudicator at musical festivals and competitions. He has held conducting positions with Countesthorpe Festival Chorus and Burghley Opera, and has been guest conductor for numerous groups both in the UK and internationally.
He has gained a reputation as a champion and interpreter of contemporary music, overseeing a number of critically acclaimed commissions and world premiers.
In his spare time, Giles enjoys musical research, particularly the music of Venice and the north of Italy, pre 1600, writing papers and producing performing editions of hitherto unpublished works.
In an education career spanning more than three decades, Giles has run a number of award winning choirs and is passionate about developing singing for young people.