About Us

Founded in 1993, Laudamus Chamber Choir have enjoyed nearly thirty years of musical success. The choir, originally an off-shoot of the parish choir of St Paul's, Addlestone, started with just eight singers, but over the past three decades has grown to it's current compliment of twenty-five. Its membership is no longer limited to those of the parish, but is now drawn from across Surrey and beyond. The choir still retains its close association with St Paul's Addlestone, rehearsing and holding their annual Come and Sing event in the church.

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Performing regularly throughout Surrey, Laudamus has also given concerts in Sussex, Dorset, Hampshire, North Wales, South Wales, and in Holland. They had their London debut in December 2007, performing a Carol Concert at St Peter's Church, Eaton Square to raise funds for the Commonwealth Countries League. The choir returned to London in May 2008 performing at St John's Church, Waterloo where their programme included the world premier of The Dove composed by Reading-based composer David Breeze. Subsequently, Laudamus were invited to sing at the 'Mission to Seafarers' annual Christmas concert at St Michael Paternoster Royal, in the presence of HRH Princess Royal where the event raised £13,000. 

Over the years, Laudamus Chamber Choir has undertaken a number of collaborative ventures, combining forces with Mosaic Chamber Choir, Woking; the Boys' Choir of St Paul's School, Addlestone; the Choir of Sir William Perkins School, Chertsey; and Walton and Oatlands Choral Society (now known as Walton Voices) amongst others. On several occasions the choir have worked with the Ashford Baroque Ensemble for performances of works such as Bach's St John Passion. Many of the choirs concerts support charities—local, national, and international—and a list of those that we have supported can be found below.

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Sean is an experienced conductor, composer, and singer, with a background in music editing, having worked for Oxford University Press before focusing on a freelance career. Sean read Music at Royal Holloway University of London, where he received both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees. During this time he joined the choir of The Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park, subsequently becoming Composer in Residence in 2008 and Assistant Director of Music in 2009.

​In 2011, Sean took up his first directing position when he co-founded Quire Voices. Known for their unique engaging performances, they perform to a high standard and have been featured on Classic FM alongside The Band of The Household Cavalry. Sean subsequently became the Musical Director of Spelthorne Choral Society in 2015, regularly performing with Ashford Baroque Ensemble and West London Brass. Sean diversified his conducting in 2016 when he became Chorus Director of The Royal Harmonics—a Windsor-based barbershop chorus. The chorus are currently placed fourth in the country and were silver medalists at the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention (IABS) in 2017. In 2017 Sean also became Chorus Director for The Knights of Harmony, a barbershop chorus based in Chesham and was appointed as the new Musical Director of West Sussex Philharmonic Choir and Laudamus Chamber Choir in 2021.

Mike Briggs—Accompanist

As a member of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Mike has performed and recorded with many vocal artists and choirs including Renee Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Cliff Richards, BBC Singers, Philharmonia Chorus, and Basil Brush. Mike has worked on various West End and touring shows including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, and Les Miserables. He is a regular organist at St Mary’s, Worplesdon and lives in Guildford with his partner, two daughters and border terrier, Dudamel.

Sean conducts other project-based choirs during the year. Last Christmas this included Sanctus Voices at Holy Trinity Garrison Church, Windsor; The Royal Automobile Club Choir, Epsom; and Marlow Choral Society’s ‘Come and Sing’ Christmas concert. Sean also enjoyed being Assistant Director of Music for the Windsor Castle Pantomime as they performed Aladdin in the Waterloo Chamber.​

 

As a professional singer and singing teacher, Sean has a keen interest in vocal technique, having participated in training with Janice Chapman and Ron Morris at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His past solo performances include the Mozart Requiem and Great Mass in C minor, as well as a performance at The Royal Albert Hall. Sean previously won a gold medal with his barbershop quartet First Edition at the IABS Convention, 2017.

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Charities we've fundraised for

  • St Mary's Church, Worplesdon

  • Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

  • Hames Homeless Project

  • Commonwealth Countries League

  • Stephanie Marks Appeal

  • Asian Tsunami Appeal

  • Mission to Seafarers

  • The Manny Society

  • White Lodge Centre

  • Rotary International

  • Voices for Hospices

  • Mission to Seafarers

  • Turning Point Trust

  • Rotary International

  • Quest

  • Cruse

  • Eyes Right

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Survive Miva

  • Voices for Hospices

  • The Children's Society