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'The repertoire is extremely varied, and by no means all "a cappella"! It ranges from part songs and English folksong arrangements, church anthems and motets, through the more traditional larger-scale works ... The choir, which is an auditioned choir, meets weekly ... and aims to perform one concert each term, usually for local charities.'

 

'Started by a group of ladies who "just wanted to sing" in September 1983, and we haven’t stopped singing since. We have developed into a mainly a capella mixed voice choir over the years comprising soprano, alto, tenor and bass.'

 

'We are a fun, dynamic, national award-winning ladies chorus who sing in four to eight part a cappella harmony. Originally formed some 30 years ago, we’re still going strong thanks to the go-getting, team-spirited women within our group. We perform whenever and wherever we get a chance – in competitions, shows, parties, events and the Channel Tunnel! Our members span ages 20 to 60+, and come from every walk of life, but with a common aim: to achieve great things while having an enormous amount of fun, and to spread that joy to every last member of our audience.'

 

'Formed in 2007, we are a group of local singers who decided we wanted to sing the ever widening a-cappella repertoire - choral music without accompaniment - and along the way have a go at everything from plainsong and polyphony to pop ... Choir members hail from all corners of Berwickshire as well as further afield in the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland.'

 

 

'When you have something special there is no greater joy than to share it and that is exactly the aim of Apple County Chorus. Women of all ages and occupations are drawn together by a love of singing and the friendship found within the Chorus. Apple County Chorus is very popular in the Somerset area and frequently requested to sing at Charity Events, Shows, Functions, National Celebrations and around the Christmas Tree.'

 

Founded 1975: 'We are an amateur choir of 20 to 30 people, singing mostly unaccompanied multi-part music ... Our repertoire comprises accompanied and unaccompanied music from the 16th century up to and including the 21st century. We are based in the town of Ashburton in Devon, England, and recruit our members from a wide geographical area'.

 

Avon Harmony is among the longest-running all female Barbershop A Cappella groups in the whole of the UK forming in 1974 in Bristol ... We attract women of all ages from 18+ with no upper age limit from all walks of life who want to sing and perform at a high standard. We enter the annual LABBS national barbershop competition each October Half Term and perform at regular events throughout the year from Weddings, Concerts, Varied Events and much more.’

 

‘A group of amateur singers of varying ages and professions. The Consort was founded by Charles Pope sometime in the 1950s as an evening class madrigal group and has metamorphosed in recent years into a group that sings just about anything from any period unaccompanied. We are always looking for new members in all voice ranges. A good standard of sight-reading is required and we are an audition only choir.’

 

'An award winning amateur group of approx forty women of all ages and walks of life. We formed in May 2012 ... We sing in an A Cappella style which has been partly influenced by Barbershop. However, our music is more diverse and although we sing some barbershop standards, we also sing Elbow, The Beatles and Show Songs. We find we enjoy this sort of music and so do our audiences ... We sing at a wide assortment of events from concerts, festivals, hospitals, weddings, shops, flash mobs, council meetings and much more.‘

 

‘We are a friendly and enthusiastic group of around 95 members of all ages from 18 to 80+ ... We sing a range of songs in different traditions, including : gospel, popular and religious. It is not necessary to know how to read music (although it is very useful) and we have no auditions. We sing a Capella (with no accompaniment) and enjoy performing whenever we can.’

 

‘An award-winning, small, close vocal harmony group based in Eastbourne. We all share a passion for singing and a love of entertaining. The group was formed in 2010 when a few like-minded people met through an Eastbourne-based choir. We started to get together socially and usually ended up singing because it was the one overriding factor that we all had in common. Gradually new music was suggested, more challenging songs were produced and the idea of forming a group came about. Our repertoire consists of a wide range of music including a capella, barbershop, cover versions and classical pieces.‘

 

’Bristol A Cappella is a mixed chorus of around forty singers, making music for fun and achievement. We sing mainly pop, rock and show tunes without instruments and are always looking for new members who can be at our gigs and competition appearances ... As well as our main chorus, we also form smaller groups who sing with their own aims and rehearsals ... We have open rehearsals ... open to anyone who'd like to join us or get a feel for what we do. Our rehearsals can feel quite full-on if you're new to our chorus, but don't let it put you off if you're keen… dive in! If you prefer a tailor-made introduction, we host dedicated New Singers Evenings several times per year ... Aims ... to put on two or three full show experiences each year; to compete once per year; to have smaller events, like busking and flash mobs, to reach a total of around ten performances each year.’

 

‘A capella music from Palestrina to Part; neglected gems in the choral repertoire ... A small, long-established choir, singing in various venues around Bristol, from Tyntesfield to St George's, from village churches to “Bristol’s parish church”, St Stephen's.’ The Choir has flourished ‘under the auspices of the Bristol Madrigal Society’, founded in 1837, and a Society especially associated with the composer Robert Lucas Pearsall, who is ‘remembered now mainly for his immortal setting of the Christmas carol “In dulci jubilo” and for his lovely madrigal “Lay a garland”’.

 

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'We are an a cappella singing group (voice only) formed in March 2009 by a small group of people who used to meet up at a weekely singing workshop held at The Met. We currently have 35 members; but the numbers change with the seasons. We welcome membership from anyone of high school age (14+) and upwards. Our current members are aged from 14yrs to 65yrs+. We do not compete - we sing for the sheer love of singing, for the joy that it brings us as individuals and for the delight that it gives to our audiences, no matter how large or small they may be.'

 

‘Cappella Novocastriensis was founded in 1960 by Dr Frederick Hudson to specialise in early choral music for worship. However, that is only part of the story. We sing in concert hall, church and cathedral and give one or more concerts per term, as well as an annual carol service for Newcastle Law Courts and occasional engagements for choral evensong, weddings and other services and events. The choir has about 35 members and often sings unaccompanied, bringing both clarity and intimacy to its performances ... In 2020 a new working name Cappella Newcastle was adopted for the choir.'

 

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‘Female chorus singing unaccompanied four part harmony ... We have such a lot of fun each week, warming up before singing, learning new songs and developing our voices. Some of our Chorus have been singing Barbershop for more than twenty years, some for less than a couple of months. We always welcome newcomers, the more the merrier! So if you fancy having a go, just come along.’

 

‘A fun group of approx 40 ladies, ages from 16 to 80+, who love to sing four part a cappella harmony ... Some funny, some leaders, some listeners, some sensible and some nutty! Each bringing something to the mix moving “Champagne” forward with a smile on their faces and a song in their hearts ... Come join the fun!’

 

‘Many of the arrangements we sing are in the barbershop style, where the melody is surrounded by harmonies above and below, creating wonderful natural overtones. Women with any voice range, from low to high, are able to find a suitable harmony part. Our repertoire is more modern than classical and varies from contemporary, pop, swing, jazz, ballads and songs from films and shows. Some of our songs are performed with choreography to enhance the overall musical presentation ...’

 

'A versatile, vibrant, award winning ladies acapella chorus based ... specialising in exciting, high energy performances. As a chorus we perform a wide variety of songs and styles; from ballads to jazz; pop to barbershop and some just plain fun.'

 

‘The Circle Singers is a small, well established, mainly a cappella choir of approximately 30 members of all ages from around Warwickshire ... The choir does not require an audition and sight reading of music is not essential. Some previous singing experience, however, would be an advantage.’

 

'Singing group for ladies based in Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire which launched in January 2013 ... The singing style is four-part unaccompanied harmony and ladies of all levels of musical ability are welcome, from those with no experience to those who are already accomplished singers.'

 

‘Have voice, will travel - all we need is a balance of parts and a pitch pipe. We are a women’s group who sing a wide range of songs and styles, all unaccompanied ... Based in Southwick, near Brighton UK we currently have around 30 members of all ages who just love to sing!‘

 

'A friendly, mixed choir of about 20 voices which performs a wide repertoire of mainly unaccompanied, a capella music from all periods and from across the world. We are based in Chesham, Buckinghamshire and give about 3 – 4 concerts a year ... We usually perform to raise funds for charity. Sometimes we are invited to sing at weddings or other church services. At least one event every year raises funds for the choir, to enable us to continue buying music that will enlarge our repertoire. For many years, we have been “twinned” with The Oriel Singers, a Liverpool choir, with whom we promote joint concerts.'

 

‘A group of twenty or so singers. The number varies from time to time but the one thing that never changes is our passion for singing and all things vocal. Our programmes are mainly made up of unaccompanied pieces in almost any style you can think of. We love sacred and secular music, from the Renaissance right through to the present day, and from all around the world..’

 

'An award-winning contemporary music-theatre acappella ensemble, commissioning, creating, researching and performing vocal music by women composers for theatrical performance, participating in creative multi-disciplinary collaborations, and delivering workshops connecting children and adults to their local creative and cultural environment. Since 2013 the company has focused on celebrating the lives and work of Women in STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths and Medicine) with their project Minerva Scientifica.'

 

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‘We are a 30-strong mixed-voice choir ... Most of our singing is unaccompanied. Our repertoire stretches from the 16th to the 21st centuries, and includes sacred and secular music, serious and popular ... Potential new members are asked to take a simple audition.’

 

‘Have a wide repertoire of unaccompanied choral pieces, ranging from Elizabethan madrigals to arrangements of popular songs. and sing regularly in National Trust properties in Kent, Queen’s House in Greenwich and many churches. Their annual concert season often includes a weekend away and they have sung all over England.’

 

‘We sing all styles of a cappella music and perform regularly in Bristol's finest venues ... From rugby matches to the docks to churches to underground tunnels, if we can make a noise in it, we probably will - and we sound amazing ... Our aim is to achieve the eclectic mix of a community choir, but with the more ambitious harmony and vocal technique of a good choral society. You're never on your own with what you're learning - all new music is supported by voice part-specific CD or download. No problem at all if you can't read music ... We're big, but we've got room for more and newcomers get a really warm welcome. There's no audition and you have three free taster sessions.‘

 

‘A ladies a capella chorus, which sings 4-part harmony; performing songs in a wide variety of styles - including songs from musicals, pop classics and beautiful ballads. We formed in 2007, and have since grown to about 50 members. We come from all walks of life but are united in an enjoyment of music making.’

 

Award-winning chorus: ‘We have been described as dynamic, entertaining, inspiring and dazzling. We sing a wide range of 4 part, unaccompanied harmony and our passion for singing is as important as our passion for socialising and having fun!’

 

'Women's four-part harmony a capella chorus based in Derbyshire We love to perform barbershop, contemporary and other styles of harmony singing. You can book us to perform at concerts, community events, birthday parties, weddings, civil partnerships and other special occasions. We currently have around 50 members but can also sing in smaller groups if required. Ignite UK are a member of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organisation of women singers.'

 

In Accord is based in Guildford. We sing a mixture of 4 and 5 part “a cappella” harmony covering a broad repertoire of popular songs. Arrangements are written “in house” enabling us to choose songs we enjoy and that are popular with audiences. We can also arrange songs specifically for people we perform to, providing a personalised touch! We don't use written music once we've learned a song. In fact, we just sound a note and start singing.‘

 

'Since 2007, award-winning a cappella sensation In the Smoke has been bringing the cream of London’s vocal talent to audiences across the capital and beyond. All of In the Smoke‘s repertoire is arranged specially for the group by our members, making the most of our unique versatility and talents ...'

 

‘We are an award winning vocal group based in Hemel Hempstead. Blending the voices of men and women in close unaccompanied harmony, we sing popular songs from the 1930’s through to the 21st Century.‘

 

‘A ladies a cappella group of singers based in Bromley ... We rehearse on Monday evening ... For the first few weeks come along to listen. Join in as and when you feel comfortable. You will be given music and a teach track of a song from our current repertoire. Once you have learned it you will be asked to audition alongside other experienced singers, primarily to check that you can "hold your own" against the other singers and that you can adapt your voice to blend with others.’

 

Formed 2008: ‘We are an A Cappella choir with a reputation for strong melodic singing delivered through layered harmonies. The choir’s repertoire embraces a wide range of popular music - pop, gospel, folk, traditional, international and more ... Enjoyment of the Choir is such that membership is consistently at or near full. However enquiries from anyone interested in joining are always welcome’.

 

Established 1999: ‘We have around 100 members ... We sing unaccompanied, usually in four part harmony. Our repertoire includes songs from all parts of the world, both modern and traditional. We perform regularly at events in and around this great city ... We also travel further afield ... While we are essentially apolitical, the choir has a commitment to issues relevant to the local and national community, which are concerned with equality, humanity and respect and celebrate the rich diversity of life in and around our communities’.

 

‘Has established a reputation as one of the region's leading early music singing groups ... We are based in Evesham, Worcestershire (in the UK) and our members come from the Vale of Evesham and the surrounding area. Usually, but not always, we sing in colourful 17th century costumes ... We are equally happy to sing in churches, village halls, outdoors or indoors and enjoy this variety of venues. Our repertoire is varied and, as well as music from the 16th and 17th centuries, we sing contemporary works.’

 

‘One of the leading chamber choirs in Gloucestershire, and former BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year ... A Cheltenham-based chamber choir with around twenty-eight members. We perform largely a capella choral music, to exacting standards, covering many different styles: early and modern, sacred and secular, serious and light-hearted.’

 

‘A male chorus formed in 2007 from members of the established Wantage White Horse Harmony chorus and new talent from the Oxford area. We sing for pleasure and fun but always welcome the opportunity of sharing our enthusiasm with others through concerts, shows, and special events. The chorus sing in what is termed an a cappella style which basically means singing unaccompanied ... New members are always welcome.’

‘We are a small group of singers based in the East Neuk of Fife. We mostly sing a cappella but our ever-expanding repertoire also includes items accompanied by piano, organ and string orchestra. We regularly perform a wide variety of material at venues throughout the East Neuk.’

 

‘A vibrant and lively Weymouth based choir with members from all over Dorset. We love harmony, singing songs of all types from all over the world, unaccompanied ... We put on several concerts each year and also sing for weddings and other special events ... Whether nervous beginner or seasoned singer you will be equally welcome. There are no auditions and no need to sing on your own. We normally sing in 4 part harmony - men's and women's voices ... Imagine a life without friends, fun or music. Such was the fate of the Quangle Wangle Queen in Edward Lear's poem until things took a turn for the better ...’

 

‘We sing throughout the county to entertain and support fund-raising for a wide range of good causes from church organ funds to overseas humanitarian charities. Our repertoire spans the centuries and includes madrigals, motets, folk songs, chant and plainsong. Most of our singing is unaccompanied full harmony but we do include accompanied items from time to time.’

 

Founded 2000: ‘We are a group of singers who perform mainly a cappella sacred and secular music from the 16th to the 21st centuries ... We have given concerts in many locations in the area, including Ashley, Arley, and Chelford, and further afield in the Fylde Peninsula, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cartmel Priory’.

 

’A 50-strong male chorus specialising in imaginatively staged and innovative performances of songs from across the spectrum of modern music. We bring our special brand of four-part harmony to pop, jazz/swing, barbershop, gospel and songs from the shows.‘

 

‘Rudsambee is a choir based in Edinburgh. The name comes from the Gaelic expression rud sam bith idir, meaning "anything at all", which represents our eclectic taste in music ... Unaccompanied voices in harmony - about twenty singers - a wide range of modern music, world music, renaissance music, and anything that takes our interest - singing for pleasure, for the social fun, for the technical challenge, and for quality performances: that is the essence of Rudsambee.‘

 

 

‘An award-winning vocal ensemble focused on the performance of a cappella choral music. As a collective body of voices, a choir is a living, breathing instrument with unparalleled expressive potential. Sansara realises this through direct and honest music-making, always striving to conjure compelling atmospheres, communicating with clarity and integrity ... The Choir has rapidly gained a reputation for captivating performances of a broad range of repertoire, juxtaposing choral music old and new in vivid narrative programmes, tying thematic and textual links into rich musical-poetic live experiences.’

‘A Penarth-based chamber choir ... We're a mixed SATB choir of experienced choristers from around Cardiff and the Vale numbering just 16 voices. We may be compact but we make a surprisingly big sound and specialise in singing a cappella (without accompaniment). The choir's name reflects the extensive range of music we perform, from show tunes and pop songs in concert to classical pieces and sacred music in cathedrals.‘

 

''Previous experience of singing in a choir and moderate sight-reading ability would be beneficial and you will need to be confident with singing unaccompanied music. You will be invited to attend a couple of rehearsals to find out what sort of group we are and how well you will fit in. If you like us, and our music, you will be asked to have a short informal audition. You do not need to prepare anything for the audition beforehand as it will involve singing something we have been working on in the rehearsal. If successful, should there be no vacancy available for your voice at that point, you will be placed on a waiting list and advised as soon as one becomes available ...'

 

'A close-harmony male voice choir – the only such choir in South Wales. We differ from a traditional male voice choir in our approach, our choice of songs, our sound. We sing “a-capella” (unaccompanied), producing truly beautiful music ... We sing a range of songs from ballads, pop, swing to laugh-out-loud ... We love what we do – we’re infectious!'

 

'Take Note is a high quality non-profit performance Edinburgh choir. We specialise in close harmony a capella using beautiful arrangements. Our goal is to perform at events including those for charity. We aim to develop our skills as singers, learning and improving together ... We perform a wide mix of music counting Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Monteverdi and Greig as well as more contemporary works ... It is important that we are challenged with a wide variety of pieces. We aim to gain a sense of achievement and joy through the success of bringing our voices together. We are dynamic; performing across multiple genres using simple to complex arrangements.'

 

'A mixed-voice community choir with around 28 members, founded in 2014 ... We sing A Cappella (unaccompanied) which means that not only do our audiences hear the voices & parts, but we can also hear each other to make the most of our ensemble. Members live in East Devon towns and villages in or close to the Tale Valley ... We sing a wide variety of music, from Medieval French to old pop classics. We've done drinking songs, Swedish wedding songs, folk songs & Christmas music....definitely something for everyone.'

 

‘A mixed-voice, a-cappella chamber choir of 15 singers, based in Cambridgeshire. Available for concerts, weddings, church services and charity events ... We sing secular and sacred, contemporary and period music in a wide variety of genres. We hold between six and ten concerts a year to raise money for local charities.’

‘An amateur, mixed voice chamber choir ... The choir has been singing in Upminster and the surrounding area for nearly 40 years, and enjoys singing both old and newer music (from Tallis to Tavener). Despite our name, not all our concerts are “a cappella” (unaccompanied) – we sometimes have organ or piano accompaniment, and have sung with an instrumental ensemble and a harp ... We usually give 3 or more concerts each year (Spring, Summer and Christmas), featuring a variety of music ... Refreshments are available at each concert, so you can not only hear live choral singing, but relax and chat with the choir afterwards!‘

 

Founded 1960: ‘One of Gloucestershire’s premier chamber choirs, we sing music from many different periods and in diverse styles, usually unaccompanied but occasionally with instrumental or orchestral accompaniment, including performances of Purcell, Handel and Bach with period instruments and specialist soloists ... We would like to hear from experienced singers with good sight-reading and an interest in “our kind of music”.’

‘Founded in 2012 by musician and songwriter Heg Brignall, The Great Sea Choir have risen from a small group of singers to a forty-strong choir, performing their unique selection of a cappella, contemporary-folk arrangements at professional events and festivals, collaborating with other artists, receiving recognition from local BBC Introducing and BBC radio shows  ... The choir has performed at major concert venues ... The choir regularly promotes their own concerts and events including their sell-out winter concert held in central Bristol each year as well as more bespoke gigs ...’

 

'We are an award winning mixed voice contemporary choir, formed in 2010, singing pop and jazz songs in unaccompanied “a cappella” style. All our songs are performed in entertaining 5 part arrangements. You won’t hear anything like them anywhere else!'

 

‘Founded with the principal aim of singing the music of our founder, Rick Birley. The Occasional Singers’ first performance was in Milton Abbey on Wednesday 21st December 1994 ... The choir has sung many of Rick Birley’s compositions over the years, but also sings a wide variety of music, sacred and secular, covering many styles and spanning many centuries. The Occasional Singers usually sing a cappella, but also work with other musicians – individual soloists, instrumental ensembles and organists.‘

 

‘A Capella choir based in Emsworth, Hampshire, UK, of approx 34 mixed voices, specialising in Renaissance music, but also more contemporary composers such as Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Rutter, Poulenc ... We are delighted to welcome new members ... We encourage singers to attend as many rehearsals as possible and to be prepared to put in additional time at home for note learning. However, we have our own home-grown midi file page to help members to learn the current repertoire. It is very helpful if you can sight read music, and it’s essential that you can hold your own musical line. There are frequent opportunities for semi-chorus or solo work. Entry is on completion of a successful audition with the Musical Director.’

 

'A long-established mixed chamber choir of some 18 voices, based in Ingrave, Brentwood, Essex. All singing is a cappella, and the choir have a very varied repertoire from which to choose programmes. Times & Seasons‘ “mission statement” is to try to identify with its audiences in an informal atmosphere, to provide something for all musical tastes and to convey its members’ obvious joy of singing.'

 

‘A women's a cappella choir who perform regularly in south London and elsewhere ... Trade Winds concentrate on intimate cross cultural projects, local festivals and site specific work.’ Their concerts typically range widely over folk music, jazz standards, rock classics and favourite pop songs.

 

‘Takes its name from the beautiful Vale of Evesham, where we are based, in Worcestershire. Vale Connection Ladies Barbershop Chorus (as we were originally known) was started in Evesham back in 1994 by a small but perfectly formed group of just ten ladies who shared a passion for singing in harmony. Today we're still singing - and still growing! We sing unaccompanied A Cappella style and most of our songs are arranged in the kind of close, four-part harmony that gets toes tapping and spines tingling.’

 

‘We are an Acapella choir who have been meeting in Forest Hill, South London for several years. We perform regularly at local venues and at festivals further afield, and make occasional recordings ... We perform a wide range of music from jazz and pop through to folk and world music. All songs are learned by ear and all parts are downloadable so that choir members can practice at home. We expect all singers to learn their words. All who can hold a tune are welcome.’

 

'Established in January 2010, we have now grown to a multi award winning 30-strong group. The four-part style in which we sing is one of the most challenging and rewarding styles for a vocal ensemble. Singing without any musical accompaniment, we use the blend of our voices, energy, enthusiasm and passion to create exciting and magical music which includes everything from traditional barbershop and show tunes to modern popular music.’

 

‘We are an a cappella vocal group whose motto is “Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Excellent" ... Although the choir is the largest part of Wavelength we also have other smaller groups such as quartets and octets but in all cases our aim is to make great music together. Our repertoire will consist of popular songs from across the years, from Adele to Irving Berlin, Ella Fitzgerald to Tears for Fears and perhaps a little bit of classical, we hope to have something for everyone.’

 

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