English Seminar Choir

The English Seminar Choir was founded in 1989 by Allan Turner, a former lecturer at the University of Basel. Thanks to his profound knowledge of the English choral repertoire, as well as his dedication to this "hobby", the choir thrived and grew to become an integral part of the English Seminar. Now under the leadership of Christine Archer,  the choir is still going strong and continues to offer Basel's concert-going public a wide variety of choral music in the English (and American) language. Programmes of the last few years include folk songs from the British Isles and the USA, madrigals, Jazz and Swing with an instrumental combo, themes from musicals, "Rollicking Songs of the Renaissance and Restoration", Handel's "Messiah" and "Music of the Romantics". Last but not least, there are the yearly Christmas concerts with their traditional and non-traditional Christmas carols and readings.

The English Seminar Choir is open to all singing enthusiasts, students as well as non-students. Choir rehearsals are Tuesdays from 12:15 to 13:45 during the University semesters and take place in the Grosser Hörsaal of the English Seminar, Nadelberg 6. We are a non-profit organisation and depend wholly on members' dues, concert donations and sponsors for our survival. Any support in the form of concert attendance or passive membership is greatly appreciated.