British Choral Singing: Revolutionary Rebirth or Continued Decline?
- A major, nationwide research initiative is underway which will help provide key answers to the question whether choral singing is enjoying a popular rebirth or is it in decline.
The Great Choral Study is a Britain-wide research initiative investigating the current and future trends, opportunities and challenges facing British choirs.
Choral singing has faced declining membership over recent decades with male and adult choirs facing increasing ageing membership, with many choirs closing their doors or amalgamating with other choirs out of survival. However, in recent months, thanks to popular televised choral competitions and programmes and the greater commercial success of key choral entities, there has been a rise in the profile and popularity of choral singing.
Major questions are being asked throughout the choral community on the future of choral singing is the television-driven popularity of choral singing the first signs of an exciting rebirth of our choral tradition or simply a blip in the ongoing decline of a great tradition.
Choral conductor, John Hywel Williams MBE, an authority in choral singing is an Advisor for the British Research Team and whose long and established choral career makes him no stranger to the evolving trends in choral singing.
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or contact the National Research Team at
Jeremy Williams 01279 818400 / 07767 644733