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St Paul's Knightsbridge Festival Choir is a long established, friendly and sociable choir of about 80 singers. We perform a wide variety of major works, normally with an orchestra. The venue for our performances is usually St Paul's Church in Wilton Place, Knightsbridge.

The choir is formally registered as a charity aimed at advancing, improving, developing and maintaining public education in, and appreciation of, the art and science of music in all its aspects by the presentation of public concerts.


The St Paul's Festival Choir was founded by my father in the mid-1930s specifically to perform Bach's St John Passion during Lent in the Parish Church of St Paul, Wilton Place Knightsbridge. The choir flourished, and by 1938 comprised one hundred boys and thirty men. After the war, my father relaunched the choir as a choral society of mixed voices, many of the sopranos and altos being students at the Royal College of Music. My mother was also closely connected with the choir, accompanying all the rehearsals and organising the smooth running of the choir in every way possible until she retired through ill health. When I took over the conductorship of the choir in 1980 I was indeed fortunate to have her support and wonderful keyboard ability at rehearsals. She took great pride in knowing every member of the choir by name and made sure my father and I did the same.

Many members of my family have either sung in the choir or played in our concerts. My children, sister, brother in law and various cousins have all joined the choral ranks at one time or another, and my youngest daughter is a present member. Ysobel, my wife, has played in the violin section for over twenty years and my father in law (for over 40 years principal viola in the BBC Symphony Orchestra) also played in many of our concerts.
Nicholas Danks, the organist, is Ysobel's nephew.

Choir members meet on Thursday evenings to rehearse for three concerts a season; many have been with the choir for a number of years and travel long distances to participate. I am always struck by the loyalty of our singers and supporters, and their enthusiasm and sheer enjoyment of the music, making it all so rewarding for a conductor. We always have room for more singers of every voice, and are delighted to welcome new members into our ranks
Nicholas Danks was born in Harrow, Middlesex in 1974 into a family of professional musicians. He began playing the piano at the age of four and his interest in church music began at his prep school, Quainton Hall, Harrow, where he sang in the chapel choir. At the age of nine he joined the choir of the Parish Church of St Mary, Harrow-on-the-Hill. He began learning the organ at the age of thirteen under the tuition of Frederic Goodwin, the organist at St Mary's and also director of music at Nicolas's secondary school, the John Lyon School Harrow. Whilst still at school, Nicholas became assistant organist at St Mary's and gained his A.RCO. Diploma. He sang with and accompanied the school choirs and toured with them to France, Germany and the Czech Republic. On leaving school, Nicholas went as organ scholar to read music at Corpus Christie College, Cambridge, where he played a full part in the musical life of the college and university as an organist, cellist and choral director. At Cambridge he studied the organ with David Sanger, graduating in the summer of 1996. For five years he was assistant organist, and since June 2001 he has been Musical Director at St Martin in the Fields.'
Richard Latham FRCO., ARCM, began his musical training as a chorister at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. Educated at Radley College and the Royal College of Music, he went on to become Organ Scholar at Exeter College, Oxford. He then became Assistant Organist at Peterborough Cathedral and later Assistant Organist at Gloucester Cathedral, where he was also Director of Music at the King's School. For twenty one years until 1997 he was Director of Music at Bishop's Stortford College. His other musical activities include conducting the Madrigal Society of London of which he is Director of Music and examining for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. Richard Latham has been the conductor of St Paul's (Knightsbridge) Festival Choir since taking over from his father in 1980.