The award-winning UCLan Chamber Choir was formed in 2005 with sixteen members. This was increased to twenty-eight in 2009. All the singers are BA (Hons) Music Theatre undergraduate students whose main passion is singing. The choir has a wide and varied repertoire that includes music from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as a range of styles from Classical to Swing. In 2009 the choir won the Good Housekeeping Choir of the Year and in 2010 won the adult category final in this competition, at Birmingham Symphony Hall.
The choir has been on an annual tour to the South West of France, stretching back to 2007, and in 2010 represented the University by singing at its partner institution, the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, in China.
The choir’s director, Mark Goggins, is the course leader of the Music Theatre degree at UCLan. He has many years’ experience in choral music, including as a cathedral choir director, musical director of Radio 4’s Daily Service and as a guest director, conductor and coach.
The choir has achieved acclaim and success in several national competitions, most notably winning the Choir of the Year Adult Category in 2010. The choir has performed on BBC Radio 3, and has been televised on BBC 4 and BBC 1, including performing live on BBC 1’s The Preston Passion on Good Friday 2012. The choir also featured in a specially recorded Songs of Praise in 2013.
Each year the choir invites local schools and colleges to join them in a concert held at the University, serving as positive role models for the younger children, and providing a focal point for choral singing across all ages in education in the local area. This concert also helps to raise funds for undergraduate bursaries for students who otherwise would not be able to afford higher education.
The Chamber Choir also sings at many civic events and regularly performs at fundraising and charity concerts.