The Beaufort Singers is a chamber choir formed at the University of Cambridge in 2016 under the direction of Joseph Wicks. Named after Lady Margaret Beaufort who founded St John’s College, Cambridge, the choir has cultivated a powerful and expressive sound combined with a clear, committed delivery of text. The membership now comprises singers from across the UK currently completing their studies at university or embarking upon the early stages of their careers. The choir specialises in the performance of 20th and 21st century choral music, and amongst its seminal projects were performances of James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words From The Cross and Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, both performed in the chapel of St John’s College. It is also hugely passionate about investing in the future of choral music and has regularly commissioned new works from young composers such as Piers Kennedy (April & Nunc Dimittis) and Owain Park (For The Fallen).
In 2018, The Beaufort Singers & Joseph Wicks founded the Boxgrove Choral Festival. In its inaugural year, the festival comprised of three choral services and a concert, all sung in the extraordinary 12th century Boxgrove Priory in West Sussex during late August. The repertoire featured the works of living composers Arvo Pärt, Neil Cox, Giles Swayne & James MacMillan, as well as the premiere of Nunc Dimittis by Piers Kennedy. The Festival attracted Classic FM’s social media arm who posted a video on Facebook of the choir singing modern works by Owain Park and Neil Cox. In addition, a video excerpt of Owain Park’s Phos hilaron recorded in Boxgrove was shared by Classic FM and viewed over 50,000 times in just three days.
Friends of The Beaufort Singers
Become a part of our circle and help us to inspire others through music
The inaugural Boxgrove Choral Festival marked the launch of our friends scheme. Our Friends play an essential role in supporting the work of The Beaufort Singers, helping us secure the future of the Boxgrove Choral Festival as an annual event, cultivating new projects and developing our concert portfolio.
We offer several levels of annual membership with a range of benefits designed to give you a unique insight into our activities.
Friend – £50
- Priority booking for own-promoted concerts including the Boxgrove Choral Festival Concert
- Complimentary programme upon arrival at own-promoted concerts and Boxgrove Choral Festival
- Regular updates, including advance access to video and audio content from the Boxgrove Choral Festival 2018 and beyond
Supporter – £100
As Friend, and additionally:
- Recognition of your support on our website
- A mention in all programmes at own-promoted concerts and the Boxgrove Choral Festival Brochure
Patron – £250
As Supporter, and additionally:
- Complimentary ticket and reserved seat at our concerts, including the Boxgrove Choral Festival Concert
Extend your support even further by joining the Festival Circle, which includes the following tailored activities:
- Supporting the Festival Commission
- Sponsoring the purchase of sheet music performed at the festival
- Sponsoring a professional recording session or photo shoot
If you would like to support us in this way or have other ideas for sponsoring the choir, please contact Joseph and Susie Hill (General Manager) here.