Psalmody was founded in 1996 for a Hyperion recording of English parish church music from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, hence its name, and soon after became the resident chamber choir of the Festival.  It draws its membership from the most accomplished and experienced choral singers in East Anglia and further afield, some of whom take solos when required.  It is normally about 18 strong though it expands to about 25 for large-scale works such as J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Haydn’s Creation.  It cultivates a forthright, open and word-centred style, suitable for music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.