Soon Amore was started in 2002 by two friends who wanted a different sort of chamber choir from those available locally at that time in York. There are still a couple of founder members in the choir to this day.The emphasis is on unusual music and interesting arrangements for " a cappella" singing.


The name, Soon Amore, was suggested by one of the original Welsh Bass singers. He anglicised " Swn y Mor" to "Soon Amore" meaning The Sounds of the Sea.


There are generally twenty four choir members split into four or sometimes eight singing parts if required by the music. As a choir we are fortunate to have membership from a range of nationalities enabling us to frequently sing in languages other than English. Our concerts also feature poetry readings loosely themed around the subjects of the music as well as the duets and solos from choir members.


This diverse repertoire represents an interest in exploring a wide range of musical traditions. Early music selections have featured fresh insights into tunes by the 16th century composer Thomas Tallis and a new interpretation of a piece of by 17th century Lady Mary Dering. Soon Amore have also commissioned new music for the choir from Stef Connor which we premiered, in front of the composer, at our 2013 Summer concert. In other concerts we have also performed work by Arvo Part, John Tavener and Philip Glass as well as older classics by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Edward Elgar, Henry Purcell and John Dowland.


Soon Amore has been involved in many choral events over the years from Britain in Song to Ebor Vox ( the latter occasion performing on BBC radio York). The choir enjoys the challenge of learning and performing new pieces of work and in 2016 undertook a new work by composer Stuart Nettleship. Stuart wrote the music to a cantata inspired by the words of the poem "The Battle of Stamford" by Robert Laurence Binyon. It commemorated the 950th. anniversary, (September 2016), of the Battle of Stamford Bridge. This new work is called "Battle Cantata" and is a collaborative project with five other choirs. Soon Amore enjoyed taking part in the premier performance on October 16th. 2016.


 SOON AMORE Seeds of Change concert of music and related poetry. Musical Director Chris Bartram  Sunday July 8th 2018 at 5pm. In The Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Rd, York. YO10 5AJ.