A choir, chorale or chorus is a musical ensemble of singers. Choral music, in turn, is the music written specifically for such an ensemble to perform.
A body of singers who perform together as a group is called a choir or chorus. The former term is very often applied to groups affiliated with a church (whether or not they actually occupy the choir) and the second to groups that perform in theatres or concert halls, but this distinction is far from rigid.
The term "Choir" has the secondary definition of a subset of an ensemble; thus one speaks of the "woodwind choir" of an orchestra, or different "choirs" of voices and/or instruments in a polychoral composition. In typical 18th- to 21st-century oratorios and masses, chorus or choir is usually understood to imply more than one singer per part, in contrast to the quartet of soloists also featured in these works.
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... symphony concludes with a short setting for female or boys' choir of the first two lines of the Magnificat, culminating in a series of Hosannas and Hallelujahs ... In the score, Liszt directs that the choir be hidden from the audience The female or boys' choir is not to be placed in front of the orchestra, but is to remain invisible together with the harmonium ... a gallery above the orchestra, it would be suitable to have the choir and harmonium positioned there ...
... section of an Eastern Orthodox or Eastern Catholic church dedicated to the choir ... The result is two choirs which sing antiphonally, much as monastic and cathedral choirs of the Western Churches still have today ... Church will often have, in addition to a kliros by the iconostasis, a choir loft above the great doors of the east entrance of the church ...
... has a very successful and accomplished choir made up of students from all age groups in the school.In 1996 it was the subject of a film by SVC television, directed by Andrew Vere ... The choir, led by Patrick Allen (music educator), has performed at some of Europe's major venues, including St Mark's Basilica in Venice (2008),the Royal Festival Hall, London, Barcelona Cathedral ... The choir was the subject of a feature on BBC Radio 3's Music Matters in May 2011, focusing on the integration of the choir's Chagossian Drummers ...
... chorus, while Daniel Pinkham wrote for choir and electronic tape ... the repertories of the finest semi-professional and professional choirs around the world ... Europe, Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály wrote a small amount of music for choirs ...
... Concert Choir Advanced Women's Ensemble Chamber Choir RHS also has a choir program, led by conductor Meredith Hawkins ... Participation in the two advanced choirs, Advanced Women's Ensemble and Chamber Choir, is by audition only ... RHS choirs perform in various school and community events, and have achieved both gold and silver levels at Heritage Music Festivals ...
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