Welcome to the website of the choir of St. John the Baptist Church in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. With a repertoire of music spanning six centuries, the choir continues the long tradition of fine choral music to complement the worship at St. John's.


Easter Day 2013

From the wealth of experience gained at St. John's the choir are able to sing at churches and cathedrals across the country which this year includes Leicester Cathedral, Newcastle Cathedral, Pembroke College Cambridge & York Minster. The choir also travel abroad with tours to Amsterdam and Leiden in 2013 and to Venice and St. Mark's Basilica in 2008.

The choir is fortunate to have an enthusiastic and talented treble section, both boys and girls. The choristers are taught by the Director of Music, Mark Hunter, and develop strong vocal skills and musicianship. New choristers are always welcome; further details can be found under recruitment.

In July 2010, the junior choristers were thrilled to feature in a BBC Songs of Praise from Knaresborough singing 'The Irish Blessing', arranged for the programme by Paul Leddington-Wright. More recently, in early 2012 the choir Trebles recorded a CD 'Ex Ore Innocentium' which has been well received with favourable reviews.


Choir Awards Nov 2014
Choir Presentations 2014

In addition to singing, the choir enjoys a variety of social events which encompass the members' families and the wider church community, and are an important aspect of its continued success.

For the latest update on the choir follow the links to the Choir Report for 2013.



From a recent tour.....

"After the service several people remarked favourably on the well-balanced ensemble sound, the lively word-painting, and the dynamic range and control of your singers....they showed to great effect the whole dynamic range from pianissimo to fortissimo, which drew out beautifully the drama of the music. One member of the congregation used the word ‘alive’ to describe their singing; another used the word ‘energizing’: and other comments focussed with approval on the fact that young Christians in Knaresborough have the increasingly rare opportunity to experience the Anglican choral repertoire through their participation in your church choir."



Richard Darke ARSCM

Richard Darke ARSCM

Richard Darke, Director of Music at St John's from 1994 to 2016, was awarded an Associateship of the Royal School of Church Music at the RSCM Celebration Day at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral on 3rd October 2015. The award is in recognition of his services to the RSCM including his work with the RSCM Awards Scheme, RSCM Courses and his leadership of affiliated choirs over many years, including those at Bradford, St Edmund's Roundhay Leeds & St. John's Knaresborough where he has trained, encouraged and inspired generations of young choristers.

Organist & Choirmaster: David Salter MA LLM ARCO
Director of Music: Mark Hunter


News & Events

Car Show Parish Classic Car Show and Fête
Sunday 5th June from 12 noon at St John's


Classic Cars, Entertainment
Stalls, Bell Tower Tours
Refreshments & Licensed Bar

St John's Patronal Festival Choral Evensong
Sunday 26th June 4pm


Introit - Beati quorum via (Stanford)
Responses - Sumsion
Canticles - Murrill in E
Anthem - This is the record of John (Gibbons)

CD Cover
The choir's latest recording 'Ex ore innocentium', featuring St John's trebles, can be purchased here or from choir members. For further details go to 'Choir CD'



Christ Church Requiem (Fauré)
Services with the combined choirs of Christ Church, Harrogate & St John's, Knaresborough

Saturday 19th March 2016
Christ Church, Harrogate

Saturday 26th March 2016 (Easter Vigil)
St John the Baptist, Knaresborough

St Mary Magdelene Clitheroe Evensong at Leicester Cathedral
Saturday 20th February 2016 with the choir of St. Mary Magdelene Clitheroe
Introit - When rooks fly homeward (Baynon)
Responses - Lonsdale
Canticles - Collegium Regale (Howells)
Anthem - Like as the hart (Howells)

Richard Darke Retirement ARSCM Choral Eucharist Sunday 3rd January 2016
Richard Darke's last service as Director of Music

Setting - Missa Brevis (Palestrina)
Anthem - Te Deum 'Collegium Regale' (Howells)

York Minster Choral Evensong at York Minster
Saturday 2nd January 2016


Responses - Sumsion
Canticles - The Knaresborough Service (Wilby)
Anthem - The Wassail Carol (Mathias)

St John's Christmas Tree Festival 2015 Christmas Concert 'Wassail!'
Sunday 13th December 2015


The closing event of the fabulous Christmas Tree Festival. Music to celebrate Christmas with St John's Choir and Voix Celestes. Including popular & traditional carols for all to sing. Mulled wine and mince pies.

Bristol Cathedral (c) FreeFoto.com Bristol Cathedral Choral Evensong

Thu 29th October 2015 5.15pm
Responses - Sanders
Canticles - Wood in F "Collegium Regale"
Anthem - Hail! Gladdening Light (Wood)

Fri 30th October 2015 5.15pm
Responses - Sanders
Canticles - The Knaresborough Service (Wilby)
Anthem - Blessed City, heavenly Salem (Bairstow)

FEVA Trompe l'oeil FEVA 2015: Knaresborough Festival of Entertainment & Visual Arts (website)

Sat 15th August 7.30 pm 'Gloria!' (details)
St John's Choir & Voix Celestes in Concert including 'Gloria' RV589 (Vivaldi) & 'Zadok the Priest' (Handel)

Sun 16th August 10.30am Festival Eucharist
Schubert's Mass in G : Celebrant Canon Paul Greenwell

Email: KnaresboroughStJohnsChoir Links: St. John the Baptist Church       Last updated May 2016