Formed in 2007, Chetwynd is a choir that takes its name from the family long-associated with its ‘home’ since the outset, the church of St Mary the Virgin at Ingestre near Stafford. Associated with Sir Christopher Wren and said to be the only church of his outside London, the lovely church serves as the perfect home for Chetwynd and the place where most of its performances to date have taken place.
The choir is well-suited to the intimate atmosphere of the church, in terms of both scale and repertoire. Properly described as a chamber choir, it is well-served in terms of soloists, accompanists and strength-in-depth across the range of parts. The choir performs two or three times a year, spending six to eight weeks in preparation for its concerts. In the last four years these have included participation in the Stafford Music Festival, which takes place in May.