Formed in early 2013 by musician and choir leader Dominic Stichbury, Chaps Choir is a large male singing gang. Say goodbye to the male voice choir you think you know and throw danny boy, green valleys and trad out of the window.
The Chaps sing songs from across the world, combining surprising choices with deft arrangements, always with an added chappist twist. Prepare for pop song re-hashes snowy hunting calls, Manhattanite observations, self-aware pirates and, well, lots of men singing.
The Chaps have sung in The Royal Festival Hall, The Roundhouse, Natural History Museum, appeared at Daylight Music, Wilderness, Port Eliot, Citadel, The Young Vic Theatre, BAM Festival and return regularly to their local Islington venue The Union Chapel. They’ve collaborated with soul star Omar, beatboxer Shlomo, jazz singer Joe Stilgoe and released a charity single with Samantha Whates to raise money for CALM.
Get Men Singing
Singing in a choir is gaining popularity, however men represent a small percentage of participants in most mixed choirs, and numbers in many all male traditional groups are dwindling. Chaps Choir and their leader Dominic are on a mission to get more men singing so they can benefit from the numerous ways in which a choir can enrich your life. Dominic works regularly as a guest workshop leader and advocate of male participation in singing. After Chaps Choir found its footing, he set up brother choir Bellow Fellows, open to any man who wants to have a go at singing in a group – really any man, no experience required.
Bellow Fellows started in January 2016 and has already performed with Chaps Choir at the Union Chapel. We have around 40 fellows turning up each week. If you’re a man (or if you know one who may be interested) and within reach of London visit http://bellowfellows.com to find out more. You do not need to read music and there are no auditions.