Welcome to the Northern Spirit Singers’ website!


Northern Spirit Singers was founded in 2000 and rapidly secured its reputation as one of the country’s leading chamber choirs. In 2014, it was named Adult Choir of the Year. The choir performs several a cappella concerts a year in Durham, as well as making a short annual foreign tour.

Read more about the choir.

Northern Spirit Singers past and present rehearsing for our 15th Birthday Concert.

Rehearsing for our 15th Birthday Concert

Northern Spirit in lockdown mode

We may not be able to get together to rehearse, but we’ve still managed to put together a piece for you to enjoy, thanks to Richard Bruce. Check out our version of Rachmaninov’s ‘Bogoroditse Devo’.

In the summer, Bear Park and Esh Colliery Band asked us to provide vocals for a performance of ‘Abide with Me’ as part of their entry in the Cory Online Contest. You can catch up with the end result on YouTube (‘Abide with Me’ begins at 3:32). The band was awarded 3rd place in their section of this national competition. We have another joint performance coming up before Christmas, so watch this space!

Future events

Durham Nine Lessons and Carols

We are excited to be joining together with Durham Singers and Durham Choral Society for a virtual Nine Lessons and Carols this December. The event will be broadcast on Saturday 19 December at 3.30 pm on YouTube.

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone our twentieth anniversary (Northern Spirit) and fifth anniversary (Southern Spirit) concerts. Our plan is to hold them at roughly the same time next year: late June/early July 2021. Look out for further details!

In the meantime, we hope to continue to be able to post videos of our socially distanced performances, so do keep an eye on this page.

Recordings and videos

Cantus Mundi – our first digital release – takes a choral journey around the world.

The choir’s YouTube channel features performances from recent tours and from the Category Finals of Choir of the Year 2014.

For more details of both these opportunities to hear Northern Spirit Singers perform, visit the Hear Us Sing page.

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