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  • 1Composed for or sung by a choir or chorus.

    ‘a choral work’
    • ‘choral singing’
    • ‘The music flows along quite beautifully and the choral and solo singing parts are also very well done.’
    • ‘Contrast was provided by alternating choral chant with passages sung by soloists.’
    • ‘Classical western singing is not relegated to opera alone there is choral and gospel singing too.’
    • ‘Our last concert was a programme bursting with superb concert band, symphonic, jazz and choral sounds.’
    • ‘The special advent choral concert will be conducted by Peter Frost and includes sacred and secular music from early and modern composers.’
    • ‘Tomorrow evening, the Colne Valley Male Voice Choir presents a choral and solo programme at St John's Church.’
    • ‘Although ultra-purists sing Bach's choral works one singer per part, Law does them with 140.’
    • ‘I was also singing and studying the great Flemish choral music of the Renaissance.’
    • ‘What is it about choral music sung in churches without accompaniment that is so powerful?’
    • ‘He has also composed several choral works, including African Sanctus.’
    • ‘It is in this kind of writing that she makes her most distinctive and individual mark as a composer of contemporary choral music.’
    • ‘Westport Choral Society is a four part choir specialising in major choral pieces and extracts from some old and some modern musicals.’
    • ‘On Saturday, Cantores Olicanae will present a concert of choral music at St Margaret's Church, Queen's Road.’
    • ‘Few would guess that the man who composed these two rarefied choral works also composed the works on the second CD.’
    • ‘The competition, launched in July 2005, was to compose a piece of choral music to new words written by the clergy of St Martin's.’
    • ‘Why do composers of choral music write accompaniments for brass ensembles so loud that they overpower the choir?’
    • ‘This Howells disc is one of the finest choral compilations of the composer's music I have heard for quite a while.’
    • ‘The work stands in the best traditions of English choral composition.’
    • ‘Before joining the monastery, he studied music in Germany and released a CD of a choral work he had composed.’
    • ‘All three composed sacred music, choral and solo vocal works, and music for the theater.’
    1. 1.1Engaged in or concerned with singing.
      ‘a choral scholar’
      • ‘The King's Singers is a group which was formed more than 30 years ago by six choral scholars from King's College, Cambridge.’
      • ‘In doing so I related this to Rubbra's increasing experience as a choral composer.’
      • ‘As soon as I was in high school, I could sing in a special chorus in addition to having my daily choral class.’
      • ‘In 1955, he worked as a rehearsal pianist and choral conductor at the Teatro Colon, the city's opera house.’
      • ‘Peter is a professor of music and the director of choral activities at Ohio University.’
      • ‘Because we sing in a choral group, we get to be friendly with Christians.’
      • ‘If Dennis wants to engage the San Jose choral community as part of his remarkable community outreach, Carmina Burana is the ticket.’
      • ‘He won a choral scholarship to Cambridge and took a degree in modern languages.’
      • ‘The company would sponsor choral groups, a concert band, and a symphony orchestra.’
      • ‘He is the pianist for the choral department at Bozeman High School and the Bozeman Symphonic Choir.’
      • ‘Most of this music demands a great choir and a great choral interpreter.’
      • ‘Stanzas can be sung by a soloist, choral group, or the whole assembly as required.’
      • ‘You have a chorus, a voice chorus; you have singers who are part of a choral group, and soloists.’
      • ‘They came together last year on a purely voluntary basis to form a mixed choral choir under the direction of Marian Gaynor.’
      • ‘Bostridge conveys more the image of an Oxbridge choral scholar who has ventured out without his scarf than Schubert's traveller’
      • ‘Bamberg is the furthest possible remove from the world of Nott's upbringing in Solihull, and then as a choral scholar at Cambridge.’
      • ‘The refrain is easily learned by everyone and the leader part can be sung by a soloist or small choral group.’
      • ‘Sauguet displayed an interest in music from an early age, becoming a choral scholar and studying the organ.’
      • ‘A beautiful programme of unaccompanied hymns was sung by a choir of choral scholars selected from across the University.’
      • ‘The part of the adult Saint Nicolas will be sung by Ed Lyon, a former choral scholar of the Abbey School Choir, who is on the cusp of a career as a soloist in oratorio and opera.’



/ˈkôrəl/ /ˈkɔrəl/


Late 16th century from medieval Latin choralis, from Latin chorus (see chorus).