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We’re looking for new members who have good sight reading skills

More information on Membership, or write to

We come together from a variety of backgrounds to share our passion for singing. 


Many of us are highly experienced choral singers, having sung from an early age through university.  Because we are a busy group with many concerts, recordings and services in a year, we tend to perform as an ensemble of around 30 singers although our membership number is obviously higher.  We recognise that not everyone can sing in every concert, or come to every rehearsal and we also know that many of our members have demanding day jobs. Flexibility is key.  

If you are interested in joining the choir there are more details on the How to Join Us page.  Contact the membership secretary, Helen Gironi on, or the artistic director Rufus Frowde on of the choir is through an audition, which covers a range of skills including sight reading, but we always suggest it is best to come along to a rehearsal first and get a flavour of how we work.

Live rehearsals are on every Tuesday between 7:00 pm and 9:30pm, at Holy Sepulchre Church, Holborn Viaduct EC1A 2DQ.


Members pay an annual subscription (but we can offer subsidies).   There is also a scholarship scheme for singers leaving university this year. See below.

Members are not required to own their own music as we have an extensive library.

The English Chamber Choir is a Company Limited by Guarantee no: 08198937 and a Registered Charity no: 1153396.  The choir is governed by a Board of Directors, elected annually by members at the choir AGM.  Day-to-day management is undertaken by our Manager, Ann Manly.

The Choir

Key people


Rufus Frowde

Artistic Director

Guy Protheroe

 Conductor Emeritus

Photograph of Richard Hills Courtesy of the Embassy Theatre Foundation

Richard Hills

Accompanist & Assistant Conductor

Andreana Chan

Assistant Accompanist

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We have a scholarship scheme open to young singers (typically but not exclusively recent university graduates) who are moving to London, looking to sing in a prestigious choir but may be deterred by the current high costs of living in the capital.


The scholarships offer free membership and assistance towards travel and accommodation expenses for events outside central London.


It is a long-held belief of the Choir that no-one should be excluded from singing on the grounds of cost. While the scholarship scheme is designed for new and generally younger members, those of limited means are encouraged to discuss their circumstances in confidence with our treasurer.

If you are interested please contact the artistic director Rufus

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ECC Directors

Mark Roper


Mark is one of our tenors; he joined ECC in 2016 having previously sung with New Sussex Opera, Sheffield Philharmonic, Brighton Festival Chorus and Twickenham Choral Society.  Frequently a soloist with us, Mark is by profession a Business Change specialist and director of a niche Change consultancy.

Hannah Ainsworth 

Hannah has sung soprano with us for five years, joining us from University of Bristol, where she sang in the University Singers and the Chamber Choir.  In daily life she is a chartered accountant with one of the leading UK practices.

Francois Boucard



Francois, who has sung tenor with us for 20 years, is a senior financial controller for a leading hedge fund, hence his appointment as our treasurer.  Originally from France, Francois took UK citizenship in 2016.

Hugh Joslin

Hugh has sung bass with us for nearly 30 years.  Managing Director of Media Contacts, a recruitment agency for the media industry, he prides himself on being possibly the only media recruiter with a music degree and a single-figure golf handicap.

Simon Archer

Simon, and his wife, have both sung with us for over 5 years.  Previously they sang with the BBC Symphony Chorus but both joined the ECC because of the variety of repertoire and the enjoyment that comes from singing with a smaller ensemble.  Simon, by profession, is an Assistant Headteacher at a secondary school.

Marianne Aston

Soprano Marianne, has sung with ECC for 18 years.  By profession she is an occupational psychologist, and she travels the world working with a variety of global clients.  Marianne is also our German pronunciation coach.

Martin Douglas

Martin has sung tenor with us for over 5 years and is librarian for our extensive choral music collection.  By day he is an IT consultant for a boutique consultancy, after many years with one of the Big Four accountancy firms.

Tim Johns

Tim has sung as a baritone with ECC for nearly 20 years.  He has sung with many choirs over the years since starting as a chorister at Llandaff Cathedral.  He ran the media and communications departments for a number of leading blue-chip companies before launching his own coaching and consulting business.  Tim is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and chairs their Young Artist Programme.

Helen Gironi


Helen joined the choir in 2019 and previously sang with Bristol University Chamber Choir and her school chapel choir.  By profession she is an impact investor and runs a small fund backing technology start-ups.  She is also a trustee of Three Cs, which supports individuals with learning disabilities, autism and mental health challenges.

ECC Management

Ann Manly



Ann is the Choir's manager, responsible for booking external concerts and for administration.  She studied music at Oxford and is a musician, singer, arranger, writer and arts adminstrator.

Who else is who in the ECC?

David Lowe

Webmaster and Archivist

Jay Venn

Singing Lesson Administrator

Martin Douglas


Robert Moffat

Assistant Librarian

Peggy Hannington

Rehearsal Refreshments

Current Choir Membership:


Hannah Ainsworth

Nicky Archer

Marianne Aston

Amy Bergs

Lottie Bestwick

Alice Bloomfield

Anne-Sophie O'Connor

Jess Daggers

Julia Daniels

Helen Gironi

Anne Johnson

Ann Manly

Fiz Markham

Natalia Murray/Soole

Stella Redburn

Hisae Tomasic

Katrina Wooltorton



Karen Bloomfield

Debbie O'Connor

Margaret Driver

Kate Greenspon

Lydia Gregory

Jane Goodenough

Peggy Hannington

Tamsin Jones

Liudmila Pagis

Jenny Rowley

Robyn Sellman

Jay Venn

David Wheeler


Francois Boucard

Roger Carpenter

Martin Douglas

Caspar Gordon

Mark Roper

Michael Roskell

Rob Scales


Simon Archer

David Elliott

Tim Johns

David Jordan

Hugh Joslin

David Lowe

Maxime Rischard

David Shield

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