The Burgate Singers was founded in 1977 when a group of people got together to raise money to restore the church tower of St Mary’s, Burgate, with a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

They were led by Alain Judd, a professional singer who lives in the village. They enjoyed the experience so much that the following year they staged a music festival and decided to get together on a regular basis. Over the years the choir has drawn members from all over Norfolk and Suffolk. Current singers travel from as far afield as Framlingham and Lakenheath, attracted by the lively rehearsals and the quality of music.

The Burgate Singers aim for professional standards and engage the services of professional musicians for concerts. We often perform with the London Gala Orchestra (Patron, John Lill). Soloists include Ruth Kerr, Fiona Hammacott, David Knight and Stephen Alder. Hiring musicians of this calibre costs several thousand pounds per concert, so the support of sponsors and the Friends of the Burgate Singers is always very much appreciated. For more details, see our Contact Us page.

Alain Judd

Our musical director, Alain Judd, studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music with Dame Eva Turner, then went to Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House. Recent work includes the Mozart Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Sir Paul McCartney’s choral work, Ecce Cor Meum. Alain’s voice can be heard on the sound track for the movie of The Lord of the Rings. Alain combines a freelance singing career with a London-based interior design business.

Listen to a short extract of the Burgate Singers performing the Verdi Requiem:

Play Audio - Libera me Domine (Requiem), 1Mb, 1 Min 12 Secs