The Knole Singers is a choir of experienced musicians, many of whom have sung together for over 20 years and who became friends as members of the Kent Youth Choirs. The Knole Singers came into being as a result of an invitation from the National Trust to bring a choir together to sing carols in the Great Hall at Knole in Sevenoaks, in 2001. The choir has subsequently flourished, and each summer they spend a week singing in a cathedral during the cathedral choir’s summer holidays. They have an excellent reputation in cathedrals throughout the country and have given concerts in many, as well as in the chapel of St John’s College, Cambridge; in the Chapter House of York Minster; in St Paul’s Cathedral and in the ruins of Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, Yorkshire.
The members of the choir pursue a variety of careers. Many have studied music and several are involved in teaching music or in music administration. There is also a buyer for John Lewis, a chartered surveyor, a TV producer, a church administrator, a Maths teacher/horticulturist, and a cartographer. They all share a dedication to singing and a delight in sharing and performing a variety of choral music, from sacred to secular. They currently perform a series of Christmas concerts at Sheffield Park in East Sussex, and future summer tours include Lichfield in 2018 and St Albans in 2019.
The choir’s founding director was Anthony Dawson, who retired in 2015. They are now conducted by long-time member, teacher and composer, Matthew Wood.