Glór! The choir of St John’s Church, Chorlton-cum-Hardy

Who we are

Glór! was established in 2008 as a Community Choir, with an emphasis on learning Irish music as a social activity. The founding members came along with a real variety of choral experience and ability, from those with no experience of choral music at all, through to old hands from other established choirs.
Although the choir quickly developed and extended its range across a very wide range of musical genres, the core aims of the choir remain the same – to bring all of our singers to concert standard, regardless of experience or perceived ability, in a fun and relatively informal environment.

Our Musical Director is Katharine “KitKat” Longworth. Katharine also directs the BBC North Staff Choir, the Knott Singers and sings Soprano with the Hallé Choir, amongst others. We are very fortunate to have two accompanists Helen Arnold and Liam Mullany, who provide invaluable support for all our rehearsals and performances.

 What we do

We rehearse on Monday evenings between 7.30 & 9.00 in St John’s Church. Anyone is welcome to come along and listen or join in. Strictly no auditions! and no previous experience required. If you can’t make a regular commitment, you are welcome to dip in and out for specific performances and we provide Cheat CDs and resources, so that you can do some homework when time allows.
In our role as a church choir, we provide music for the Saturday 6pm Mass at St John’s once every month or so. As a consequence, we are developing a repertoire of traditional hymns, sacred anthems and motets.
In the run up to Christmas, we perform a very wide range of carols and Christmas music, old and new. The highlights are Carols on the Green, at the end of November and our Christmas Concert on the Saturday before Christmas.
Each May we hold a concert as part of the Chorlton Arts Festival, when we assemble an orchestra and invite along singers from other choirs to perform major choral works, to a packed house.
In the summer, we concentrate on popular music classics, traditional Irish songs and other slightly less intense stuff, as we wind down towards the summer break.

Have a listen to some of our performances below – or for more information, contact Richard the Choir Secretary

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