Chamber Choir of the Royal College of Music
Type: Concert
Date: Saturday 25 July 1992

Royal College of Music Chamber Choir

Dr John Birch: Conductor
Paul Morgan: Organ

Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
JS Bach: Jesu Meine Freude
Kodály: Missa Brevis


The Chamber Choir of the Royal College of Music is a handpicked choir consisting of Post Graduate singers who have already distinguished themselves in their chosen career.

Dr John Birch, senior professor of organ at the Royal College of Music for many years, died on 28 April 2012.

John was an RCM alumnus, studying with John Dykes Bower, first for a year in 1947 and later returning to complete his studies from 1950 to 1953 after his period of National Service. He was awarded a Fellowship of the RCM in 1981.

John was Director of Music at Chichester Cathedral for 22 years, and conducted the British premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. He also served as Director of Music at Temple Church from 1982 for 15 years and was curator organist at the Royal Albert Hall.
John was an art collector and had a real visual eye. He designed the RCM masters and doctoral robes that are still in use today.

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.