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Choral Societies

‘Choral Societies’ - as distinct here from ‘Chamber Choirs’ and ‘Community Choirs’ - will normally have at least 50 singers and will regularly tackle the large and demanding traditional and modern choral works, often performing with an orchestra and professional soloists. Frequently, though by no means always, membership will entail an audition.

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‘As well as works by J.S. Bach, the Choir, with over 100 voices, performs a wide variety of choral music from the 16th to the 21st Century ... Our members have varying degrees of musical expertise. We are by no means all expert musicians or sight readers, but we define what it takes to be a choir member as: “to be able to sing accurately and in tune, with a secure sense of rhythm and be familiar with musical notation”. If that sounds like you, I am sure you will enjoy the experience of rehearsing and performing with us ...’

+ Aberdeen Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)167
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)267
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1946: ‘Two concerts have been presented every year consisting of an annual performance of Handel's Messiah in the week before Christmas and a second concert in March drawn from the choral works of leading composers. The choir maintains a membership of over 100 and has always enjoyed a wide following in the city and the surrounding area’.

+ Aberdeen Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)210

'Rehearsals run from early September through to our concert in mid-December, then from early January to the concert in late April/early May. New members are always welcome - no auditions ... Despite the good audiences that the choir's performances attract, ticket sales do not cover the considerable costs of mounting concerts with professional soloists and a full orchestra. Like other similar choirs, therefore, the Choral Society has to charge its members a subscription ... as well as running various fund-raising events.'

+ Aberystwyth Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)160
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)417

Abingdon and District Music Society has been making music since 1946. We are a mixed voice choir and a full symphony orchestra. We are led by professional musicians ... The choir has about 70 singers. We don’t audition but ask you to just come along and see how you fit in. The orchestra has around 40 regular members with strong strings and wind sections. We bring in additional players where needed for concerts. Orchestral players are auditioned by a trial period in the orchestra.’

+ Abingdon & District Musical Society
VISITS (to the Website)116
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)185
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are an outstanding choir firmly established in the heart of our community of Wimbledon. We perform a broad spectrum of classical music to a very high standard ... Alongside leading players and soloists we give both orchestral and unaccompanied concerts up to four times per year, making a significant contribution to the cultural life of our community ... Entry to the choir is by audition. Auditions are conducted in a relaxed environment and auditionees are asked to sing a short prepared aria or song, to undertake some simple vocal exercises and a short sight-reading test.’

+ Academy Choir Wimbledon
VISITS (to the Website)109
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)200
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A non-auditioned choir open to all singers who perform much of the standard repertoire, as well as a wide range of new and more recent music, including several works written especially for them.’ Note also the Addison Chamber Choir - ‘an auditioned choir of between 20-30 voices’.

+ Addison Singers Oratorio Choir
VISITS (to the Website)78
Also indexedAddison Chamber Choir
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)145
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We usually have four concerts a year. Typically the Easter and October/November concerts are classical and the Christmas and Summer concerts less formal. Concert venues are usually in Hemel Hempstead, where we can be accompanied by a variety of instruments including piano, organ, harp or small orchestra. Occasionally we join forces with other choirs ... to allow us to perform larger scale works.'

+ Aeolian Singers
VISITS (to the Website)159
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)383
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Choir was formed in 1980 by Malcolm Brinson and several of the original founder members still sing with the choir ... We perform a variety of music based on 3 main concerts. Our Easter concert is usually a major choral work. At our summer concert we perform lighter pieces and the Christmas concert is seasonal with audience participation. We sponsor the annual Alcester Young Musician Competition and the winner is invited to perform at one of our concerts.'

+ Alcester Singers
VISITS (to the Website)134
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)363
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Aldeburgh Music Club was founded in 1952 by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears and has evolved over the years into one of East Anglia's leading choral societies with over one hundred members and supported by more than 120 patrons ...'

+ Aldeburgh Music Club
VISITS (to the Website)133
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)389

‘Formed in 1994, and is a community choir. Membership is open to all and there are no auditions. We have a reputation for performing concerts of the highest standard in Newham ... Our repertoire of music is extensive, ranging from the 15th century to the current day. Included are the great works of many major composers ... The All Saints Orchestra is a mix of seasoned professional players featuring instrumentalists from many of the major London orchestras. Together with the Chorus and our dedicated group of acclaimed soloists a wide audience is given the chance to experience great music in the historic setting of West Ham Parish Church.’

+ All Saints Chorus and Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)115
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)216
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded 1992 ... Consists of between fifty and sixty singers from all over mid and west Kent from various choirs and choral societies, as well as a number of people who have had little previous experience of singing. Although the choir works to a very high standard, there are no auditions, and all are welcome to attend rehearsals ... The Choir has given three or four concerts, usually with All Saints' Festival Orchestra each year.'

+ All Saints' Festival Choir & Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)134
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)397
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded in 1933, although records of a Choral Society can be traced to the middle of the 19th Century. During World War II the Society was suspended although Jackie Burn kept a choir going in Alnmouth until the Choral Society was restarted in 1947. Since then, regular concerts have been performed in local Churches, halls and the Playhouse, as well as more informal events in places such as Cragside, Hulne Park and Brinkburn Priory.'

+ Alnwick & District Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)518
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A large mixed voice choir of around 100 singers. It offers good amateur singers in the South Manchester/North Cheshire area the opportunity to learn and perform major choral works, and a varied repertoire of music at well-attended public concerts, supported by professional musicians and directed by an ambitious demanding conductor.’

+ Altrincham Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)219
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'One of the leading choirs in South Cumbria and the Lake District with members coming from Ambleside, Windermere, Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston. We are a very friendly choir whose members really enjoy singing and we are always very keen for new members to join us. We normally perform two major concerts in the year, one in December and the other in May and take a break during the summer months of June, July and August. There is a modest fee for singing with the choir which can either be paid annually or at the beginning of each term.'

+ Ambleside & District Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)145
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)447
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A society with almost 100 singing members from a variety of backgrounds. Some near-professional standard, some discovering for the first time.‘

+ Amersham Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)213
Also indexedAmersham & Chesham Bois Choral Society - AMCHOR
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)388
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly, non-auditioned choir ... We perform two concerts per year, usually with orchestra. New members are always welcome!’

+ Andover Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)150
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)221

'Has been singing since its foundation by a small inaugural group in 1976. The Chorale has now grown to around 120 singers ... The repertoire of The Chorale ranges from Bach to The Beatles.'

+ Angmering Chorale
VISITS (to the Website)189
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)449
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Angus Choral Society gives a warm welcome to new members ... Rehearsals are from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday evenings, starting at the end of August and continuing until our Christmas concert in early December. We resume in January to rehearse for our Spring concert towards the end of April.'

+ Angus Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)149
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)403

‘Choral society, based in the East Neuk of Fife, rehearsing and performing in and around Anstruther. We have a friendly and welcoming approach to everything we do and strive for high standards of performance ... There are two concerts each year, one in early December and one in March.'

+ Anstruther Philharmonic Society
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)443

Founded 1947 'We hope that you enjoy our concerts throughout the year. We always celebrate Christmas by performing the "Messiah"; our newly introduced mid-February concert provides a mixture of Choral Music; and our Spring Concert plans to be a light-hearted affair with music to please all tastes'.

+ Ards Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)153
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)440

‘A mixed-voice choir, based in South Lakeland, Cumbria, with an ever-expanding membership of over 70 ... The choir gives two regular concerts, usually at Christmas and in the Summer, and also takes part in the Mary Wakefield Festival in Kendal ... We offer a very warm welcome to anybody wishing to join us in singing a variety of styles. No audition necessary but an abundance of enthusiasm, a sense of humour and the ability to sing in tune would be helpful! ... We look forward to seeing you!’

+ Arnside Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)105
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)191
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Choir is made up of approximately 110 singers from the age of 17 upwards. Singers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, many with a choral music interest of long standing but others more recently attracted to the enjoyment of choral singing. Over a period of years the choir has typically performed major concerts in the spring and autumn of each year and carol concerts on two consecutive weekends in December, when children from schools in the Arun community join with the Society.'

+ Arun Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)220
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)339
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Ashford Choral Society has a membership of some 130 singers and traditionally gives three to four concerts each season, during the period September to April/May. Each year there is an opportunity to perform some of the major works in the choral repertoire together with leading soloists and a professional symphony orchestra ... Members are expected to attend at least 75% of the rehearsals for any concert, as well as the final one with orchestra on the day itself.‘

+ Ashford Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)89
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)195

'The Choir now numbers over 100 singers and we always offer a warm welcome to new members, whether experienced or novices. If you love singing and enjoy a warm and friendly social atmosphere, please come along and try it out for a week or two. We ask only that you can sing and, if you join us, that you come to rehearsals regularly.'

+ Ashtead Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)187
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)297
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We have around sixty members ... We perform two major concerts each year, usually featuring the main choral classics but also including lesser known byways of the choral repertoire. We also perform contemporary music, including world premiers of commissioned works.'

+ Athenaeum Singers
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)369
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a friendly, enthusiastic, non-auditioned choir of around 80 voices ... Some of us do not read music, don’t be put off if you are in this category! Our rehearsals include help with understanding musical notation and texts of pieces not in English, also help with the basics of how to sing well and make the most of the voice that you have.'

+ Axminster & District Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)190
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)562
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1932 by Charles Pope. With an initial eleven members, the Society concentrated mostly on madrigals and part songs. Today the society has nearly 100 singers, and tackles performances of both the great classical choral repertoire and more modern works with equal enthusiasm and success ... The society performs three concerts a year; Christmas music in December, traditional choral works with orchestra at Easter and a light-hearted programme in the summer.’

+ Aylesbury Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)109
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)198
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1958: ‘The Choir continues to be supported by high calibre soloists and musicians. That our concerts are known for their high standards of performance and presentation is testament to the vision, commitment and enthusiasm of many people whose varied talents, expertise and hard work behind the scenes have enabled the Choir to flourish throughout its long history‘.

+ Aylesbury Festival Choir
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)418
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly and enthusiastic choir of about 80 members, who meet weekly to rehearse, socialise and enjoy singing a wide range of wonderful choral music ... Our conductor ... enables us to achieve the highest standard of performance and enjoyment in the three concerts we perform a year, usually in Ayr Town Hall. In October, and at Christmas we are accompanied by organ, brass or jazz ensembles; and in the spring we enjoy working with a full professional orchestra Professional soloists join us for several of our concerts.’

+ Ayr Choral Union
VISITS (to the Website)87
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)130
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Friendly, mixed choir of around 80 members ... The choir performs four public concerts each year, including the popular Christmas Words & Music concert in December. Other concerts are a blend of sacred and secular choral music, covering a wide repertoire from classical to contemporary works including commissioned works for the Society.'

+ Bakewell Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)134
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)372
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are based in the village of Balsham, 10 miles south east of Cambridge. Founded in 1995, we are a four part choir and welcome new members. We sing a wide range of music, from the larger sacred works to a selection of Abba hits.'

+ Balsham Singers
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)419

'We are a friendly choir that welcomes enthusiastic singers of all ages ... We warmly welcome students (aged 16 to 25 years in full time education) who will automatically receive free membership to the choir. In addition, if they wish, they can audition for the Banbury Choral Society (BCS) Youth Outreach Scheme that is a new community initiative.'

+ Banbury Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)187
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)354
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A unique choir based in the Poole & Bournemouth areas: it is a combined workplace & community choir, providing opportunities for both Barclays employees past and present, and members of the local community to sing together in a friendly choir ... The choir continues to receive generous financial support from Barclays PLC, to whom we are immensely grateful. Barclays House Choir is now the only choral group associated with Barclays, and has sung at major corporate events.'

+ Barclays House Choir
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)322

'Founded in 1951 having developed from the local Women’s Institute Choir. We are a mixed voice choir and currently have around 55 members. The Society gives three concerts per year at local venues, performing a variety of choral works with professional soloists and orchestral accompaniment, as well as lighter music.'

+ Barnt Green Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)151
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)385
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘London’s largest professionally rehearsed choir ... We were founded in 1965 by two St Bartholomew's hospital nurses and became a registered charity choir. Today we typically attract over 280 singers each term from a variety of ages, backgrounds and occupations. We are all amateurs and the choir is open to anyone curious about singing classical music and improving their voice. There is no audition to join us. We stage top quality classical choral concerts with professional orchestras and soloists in prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and Cadogan Hall.’

+ Bart’s Choir
VISITS (to the Website)103
Also indexedBarts Chamber Choir
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)171
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a welcoming group of amateur singers with a warm friendly atmosphere and always looking for new members. Previous experience is not necessary. We sing a variety of great music – sacred, popular, folk and songs from the shows.'

+ Basildon Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)171
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)424

'We have come a long way since it began - possibly as long ago as 1889 - but our aims vary little from those initiated when the Society first came into being. The choir remains strong, with around 140 committed members ...'

+ Basingstoke Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)199
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)276
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Established in 1971 and currently has over 60 members. In addition to performing at least three concerts a year, the choir presents additional concerts in support of charitable events in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. The Choir sings a wide range of music, from serious choral works to more light-hearted offerings. Baslow Choir also specialises in exploring the lesser-known parts of the choral repertoire.'

+ Baslow Choir
VISITS (to the Website)175
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)411
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Now one of the leading musical forces in the west country ... Founded in 1946 by Cuthbert Bates, an established amateur musician who was also a founding father of the Bath Bach Festival of 1950 ... Remaining true to its roots, the Choir continues to perform both major and lesser known pieces of the classical repertoire, while introducing contemporary works and new commissions to the public. We give two major concerts every year (spring and autumn), a lighter concert in the summer and the traditional Carols by Candlelight concerts in December in the Pump Room.’

+ Bath Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)103
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)123
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a choir that welcomes all singers without auditioning, from the less confident to the highly experienced. We have over 140 members currently and we perform a wide range of choral music to the highest standards, usually with professional orchestra and soloists, and in beautiful settings such as Bath Abbey ... We rehearse on Saturday mornings in Bath, and usually give three concerts a year.’

+ Bath Minerva Choir
VISITS (to the Website)88
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)180

'A friendly and motivated choir with an enviable reputation. Our repertoire is varied and exciting and we perform with professional orchestras and world-class soloists ... We are ambitious and, although we do not audition, we take our music and our performances seriously. We approach our rehearsals and sectionals with enthusiasm and we aim to give performances of the highest possible standard for our audiences; with every member, whatever their experience, valued and making a contribution. We now perform three concerts a year ... Our entry criteria are the ability to read music, great passion for classical choral works, commitment to rehearsals and an expectation to learn your notes at home; and the eagerness to sell tickets to everyone you know!'

+ Battersea Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)215
Also indexedThomas's Choral Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)465
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Battle Choral Society represents so much more than an occasional performance of classical music. It stands for togetherness, creativity, the sharing of a passion for music, the belief that working towards a goal in the form of a concert will add to one's sense of purpose and that there is more to entertainment than being on the receiving end of it.'

+ Battle Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)163
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)234
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales ... Orchestra-in-Residence at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall and performs a busy schedule of live concerts throughout Wales and the UK. Nearly all the Orchestra’s performances can be heard on the BBC, and they regularly perform at the BBC Proms and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. The Orchestra’s Learning team strive to make classical music accessible, they are also the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestra, working Doctor Who and War and Peace, among others. Formed in 1983, the BBC National Chorus of Wales is one of the leading large mixed choruses in the UK ... BBC NCW enjoys a close performing and recording relationship with the BBC NOW.'

+ BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales
VISITS (to the Website)155
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)281
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts in the festival each year ...  It performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, where it is Associate Orchestra ... Each year the Chorus performs in approximately six concerts between October and May with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall in London, and in five or six of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall between July and September, usually including the First and Last Nights at the Royal Albert Hall. The Chorus also gives some concerts on its own and with other orchestras at other UK venues and abroad.'

+ BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)209
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A choir for every occasion, Beaminster Singers formed after the cast of the 1987 Beaminster Community Play stayed together to sing. Since then, the choral society has become a feature of the town's musical life, giving two or three concerts a year in the town and surrounding villages.'

+ Beaminster Singers
VISITS (to the Website)134
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)418
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our Choir’s first rehearsal was in May 1910 when it was known as the Newdigate Choral Society. The choir participated in the Leith Hill Musical Festival for the first time in 1914 but it was disbanded during the first world war and then re-formed as Beare Green Choral Society in 1937. Both names were amalgamated in 1974 ... We welcome all new singers, there is no audition, just bring along enthusiasm and a desire to listen and learn.’

+ Beare Green and Newdigate Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)269
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Our Season extends from late August to mid May ... The choir undertakes at least four performances every season in a range of venues ... We sing a wide range of musical styles and perform works by composers from the traditional to the entirely contemporary. We enjoy singing with highly acclaimed professional soloists and orchestras. Singers eager to join the choir are advised to come along for a rehearsal or two to get a better feel for how we operate before going forward for audition ... This is generally a very relaxed experience involving a few voice exercises ... to ensure individuals are placed in the best section for their voice.'

+ Bearsden Choir
VISITS (to the Website)160
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)339

'We have a committed approach to our singing but our primary aim is to enjoy making music together. The choir is known for its friendliness, something which is highly valued by its members ... The society welcomes new members in all voice parts - soprano alto tenor and bass. We do not hold auditions and ask only that you are enthusiastic, committed and sing in tune. Our musical season begins each September and is divided into three terms. Each term we rehearse a work or works for concert performance generally engaging professional soloists.'

+ Bearsted Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)127
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)345
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Choir history goes back over 150 years. We are a friendly amateur choir who enjoy singing and welcome new members without audition. Performing a wide variety of major choral works; supported by professional soloists and orchestra as necessary. The breadth of our repertoire extends from oratorio to opera and folk to specially commissioned pieces. December brings our locally famous Christmas concert where we are supported by children from local schools.'

+ Beccles Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)190
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)531
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A mixed voice choir of about 80 voices founded in 1960. While we sing a varied repertoire, we are best known for our spirited performances of the great and exciting choral works.’

+ Beckenham Chorale
VISITS (to the Website)159
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)450
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1867, the Bedford Choral Society is one of the oldest established choral societies in the United Kingdom ... Performs three or four times each year - usually in Bedford's historic Corn Exchange. We have approximately 130 full-time members - with singers from other local choirs joining us on occasions for particular concerts ... We regularly perform classical choral works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and we have also commissioned a number of works in recent years. We perform with local orchestras such as the Bedford Sinfonia, the Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra, the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra.’

+ Bedford Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)166
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)233
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Northern Ireland's only symphonic choir ... The 120+ strong choir performs at least four programmes per year, many alongside the Ulster Orchestra, including performances of Handel's Messiah every Christmas - a tradition that goes back as far as 1886! ... Founded in 2006 with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Phil Kids and Phil Youth Choirs are unique choirs for young singers in Northern Ireland ... Belfast Philharmonic Chamber Choir is a four part mixed voice choir of young people aged 14 – 18.’

+ Belfast Philharmonic Choir
VISITS (to the Website)107
Also indexedPhil Kids | Phil Youth Choirs | Belfast Philharmonic Chamber Choir
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)228
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a friendly and thriving choir of 120 singers that enjoys singing large choral works ... Unlike some choirs, we don’t have auditions. We simply rely on our members’ ability to judge their own capabilities, which works well for us. Concerts are held in the wonderfully atmospheric Dorchester Abbey. Concert days start with rehearsals with the professional soloists and orchestra who are chosen by our Musical Director. Staging concerts is an expensive business, but the choir is well managed and on sound financial footing. This enables us to achieve the often ambitious plans that we set ourselves ...'

+ Benson Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)140
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)395
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'100-strong mixed voice choir ... Our usual schedule is to perform three main concerts a year, in May, September and December. We also present concerts on tour every summer, generally in mainland Europe,'

+ Berkhamsted Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)151
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)351

'We are a friendly mixed voice choir performing major choral works based in Berwick ... Our musical season usually starts in September and ends in May when we take a summer break ... Singers in all sections of the choir will be made most welcome. There is no audition, and the ability to sight-read to a high standard is not required.'

+ Berwick Arts Choir
VISITS (to the Website)135
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)416

'We are a friendly, enthusiastic non-audition choral society ... We currently have over 50 members and warmly welcome new singers, particularly tenors ... We perform 3 main concerts during the year, featuring a wide range of choral music. We also organise social events and have a thriving support group of Friends.'

+ Bexhill Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)161
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)405
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'BCOS is a performing musical society with a difference: we rehearse and present works from both the choral and operatic disciplines, usually performing a major choral work in the spring and a staged musical production in the late autumn, both with orchestra. We see this wide repertoire as a strength, combining a wide range of singing styles with the opportunity for socialising which is a characteristic of societies presenting stage productions. We also normally draw our soloists from the society's membership, and are fortunate to have a number of excellent soloists to draw on.'

+ Bicester Choral & Operatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)153
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)456
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are always looking for new members of all ages, especially in the male voice sections of the choir. Although we are a non-auditioned choir we still aim to maintain high standards ... You don't have to be able to sight-read, but a reasonable ability to read music would help (and, of course, the ability to sing in tune). We realise it can be very daunting to take that first step into a new organisation but many of us who did have been greatly rewarded by the experience of providing much pleasure to our audiences ...'

+ Biggar Singers
VISITS (to the Website)153
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)360

'We currently have about 70 members. We perform at least 3 concerts a year at various venues in the area ... We often combine with other adult and junior choirs, soloists and instrumentalists both amateur and professional. We are a friendly and active society and organise fund raising and varied social events for the enjoyment of members and guests.'

+ Biggleswade & District Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)140
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)388
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We have over 40 members and perform a wide range of music, including popular song arrangements and larger choral works. We give 3 or 4 concerts each year, some jointly with other choirs, and enjoy a high reputation for our performances.'

+ Billericay Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)145
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)296

'Formed in 1972 by Neville Ward from a choral class at Toot Hill School, Bingham. Its aim is "to educate and interest the public in music, particularly choral music, by the presentation of concerts and other activities". The original membership of 40 has now increased to around 90, with singers coming from a wide area of South Nottinghamshire, North Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. The Choir performs three concerts in each season, including an ever-popular Christmas concert. We also hold a day choral workshop in February, extending a warm welcome to all-comers.'

+ Bingham and District Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)177
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)324
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Long established group of singers who enjoy performing a wide variety of choral music, in both religious and secular settings. Singers over 18 are welcome. Members come not only from Birkenhead, but also from the wider surrounds of Wirral, Merseyside & Cheshire.'

+ Birkenhead Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)133
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)341
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Originally started as the chorus for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festivals which ran from 1784 to 1912. Birmingham Festival Choral Society gives at least three main concerts per season with music ranging from the Baroque period to the 21st Century. We also give a Christmas Charity Concert. We have sung many premières over the years, from Mendelssohn's Elijah, conducted by the composer himself in 1846, to Bob Chilcott's “Circle Song” (2012) and Patrick Larley's “Birmingham Spirituals” (2014) ... We perform to a high standard while welcoming singers with different levels of experience ... Why not come along? Come for a couple of rehearsals to try us. If you decide that you would like to join, a friendly Voice Test will then be arranged. Subs are only payable after this, once you have officially joined.’

+ Birmingham Festival Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)43
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)118
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'The premier choral group performing large scale choral works in Bishop's Stortford. We perform two or three concerts each year, with orchestral or keyboard accompaniment and sometimes in conjunction with other choirs. Though our repertoire has sacred as well as secular music, we are independent of any religious organisation.'

+ Bishop's Stortford Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)138
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)298
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’The Society is well established, having given its first performance in 1949. Since then it has provided regular concerts in Sunderland with a repertoire which has been mainly classical - sacred and secular - with occasional pieces which are more contemporary. The choir seeks to achieve a very high standard musically in the chosen works and performances are always in conjunction with professional soloists and orchestras of a very high standard. In addition, the Society has a section for younger singers, Bishopwearmouth Young Singers, who rehearse separately and prepare for their own concerts as well as sometimes taking part in the main Society events.‘

+ Bishopwearmouth Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)171
Also indexedBishopwearmouth Young Singers
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)433
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A large mixed-voice choir of around 90 singers founded in 1933. It offers enthusiastic amateur singers in Blackburn and the surrounding area the opportunity to learn and perform major choral works and other varied repertoire, often with professional musicians ... There are no formal auditions, but we expect you to be willing to commit to regular weekly rehearsals and be prepared to do some practice at home. You do not need to have been in a choir before, or to sight read, but you do need to be able to follow and understand the music.‘

+ Blackburn Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)87
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)139

‘A friendly choir which retains its village roots while welcoming singers from a wide area. Giving three concerts a year in Bollington and hosting the annual “Messiah for All” in aid of local charities, and a public Singing Day, it is known for imaginative programming and high standards of performance. All this is achieved by welcoming all who wish to sing, without audition.’

+ Bollington Festival Choir
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)146

‘The origins of the present society date back to 1934, when a number of parishioners of St. Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church in Bolton, Lancashire, decided to form a musical society with the intention of performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas ... The Choral Section has been an integral part of BCMCS. since its formation in 1973. We have built up an excellent reputation in Bolton for our performances of many classic choral works ... In 1977 the society changed its name to its present one, Bolton Catholic Musical and Choral Society, and is now known to its friends in and around the town as “Bolton Caths”. There is no requirement to be a Catholic however, and anyone who shares our love of music and theatre is welcome to join.’

+ Bolton Catholic Musical & Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)101
Also indexedBCMCS
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)273

‘Founded in 1887. As an amateur choir we are proud to bring professional soloists and musicians to Bolton. We usually sing four concerts a year. Our repertoire covers over 300 years of choral music, from Bach to the present day.’

+ Bolton Choral Union
VISITS (to the Website)40
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)110
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’The Society was formed in 1927 with the objective of promoting choral music in the locality and of taking part in the annual Leith Hill Musical Festival ... Participation in the Leith Hill Musical Festival has always been at the heart of the Society's activities. We also give regular concerts in the summer and in the autumn, plus our very popular carol concerts in the village at Christmas ... Most of our concerts are performed locally in Bookham, Leatherhead or Dorking and we occasionally perform in other Surrey venues.’

+ Bookham Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)164
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a friendly group of people who simply enjoy making music! Our season runs from Autumn through to Summer, during which we usually perform three concerts. Our singing repertoire comprises a mixture of sacred and secular. We are led by an excellent Musical Director and Accompanist, who strive to get the best out of us!Just turn up on a rehearsal night if you want to “give it a go”.’

+ Boston Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)102
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)160
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed 1982: ‘The Chorus was established in conjunction with the West Sussex Adult Education centre based at Boundstone following the closure of the Lancing Choral Society which had played a major role in enhancing the cultural life of its community for over forty years ... The repertoire of the Chorus has been influenced, in part, by the traditions set by the Choral Society of “tackling the most difficult of the choral repertoire of the great masters” ... The Chorus also enjoys performing music from different genres and has embraced music from operas, musicals and even the 1970s!‘

+ Boundstone Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)74
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)176

‘A mixed choir which performs a wide variety of sacred choral music, light classics and modern popular music ... The choir performs two main concerts each year, at Christmas and Easter, but also supports charities and the local community, singing regularly at informal concerts in Bourne and district ... New singers are always welcome ... We do not hold auditions but some musical ability is an advantage and enthusiasm for making music is essential.’

+ Bourne Choral
VISITS (to the Website)74
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)207

‘Has a membership of around 150 singers, and gives the majority of its concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. However, it has also performed regularly with other orchestras, and gives regular concerts independently, either a capella, with organ or small ensembles ... The Chorus actively promotes singing with young people, and established and manages the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus.‘

+ Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)69
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)154
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in 1977 ... New voices are always welcome – no auditions necessary, just turn up ... The choir gives between 2 and 5 performances a year, often interspersed with Evensongs and acts of worship.'

+ Brackley Jubilee Choir
VISITS (to the Website)150
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)441
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in 1960 with a membership of fourteen and now has approximately 130 singing members. We perform three major concerts each season, with professional soloists and orchestral players. Our repertoire spans more than 400 years, and includes rarely-heard work, as well as more familiar ones.'

+ Bracknell Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)197
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)407
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Choral society of around sixty voices and growing! The Bradford Chorale is one of the leading choirs in Bradford and has been performing a widely varied repertoire of sacred and secular choral music to Yorkshire audiences for nearly forty years.'

+ Bradford Chorale
VISITS (to the Website)131
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)410
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed 1856: ‘One of the oldest and most exciting choirs in the North of England. Performing at least four concerts per year, we have a fascinating past and a vibrant future ... The recent re-emergence of choral singing as a popular activity has brought us many new members of all ages, thoroughly enjoying themselves regardless of ability or previous experience. We are committed to investing in our members and the wider community, providing vocal coaching, music-reading classes and enjoyable and productive rehearsals that help you get the most from the music and your voice. Our regular Come and Sing events have proved hugely popular, attracting many singers from the region and beyond. The Society has a series of lively social events throughout the year as well engaging in fund raising activities to help maintain the quality of their musical output. Come and enjoy our concerts, and bring your friends. It's a great evening out!’

+ Bradford Festival Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)169
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‘Founded in 1986 as a community choir for the local area. Since then we have rehearsed and performed a huge range of choral works — masses, anthems, oratorios, opera and secular pieces. We are enthusiastic amateurs who enjoy being part of the great British tradition of choral singing. ​Our concerts are generally performed with professional soloists and keyboard players or orchestra. No audition is required but a high level of commitment is expected. In this way the musicianship of individuals increases and we can tackle more and more challenging works. We perform two major concerts each year in the Bradford on Avon area, one in December and one in May/June. We also sing at charity or community events at least twice a year and, from time to time, hold all-day singing workshops which are open to everyone.’

+ Bradford on Avon Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)218
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘BCS as the name suggests, specialises in choral music interspersed with lighter programmes. The choir produces both a Winter and Summer concert and together with other local choirs, participates in more formal concerts two or three times a year ... Ours is a group that makes all newcomers welcome and involves them in our activities. Being able to read music is an advantage but it is possible with some practice, to pick up the basics as we proceed. What we do ask is that our members share our enthusiasm for singing, attend as many rehearsals as possible and do some preparation between meetings.‘

+ Brentwood Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)41
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)89

'Formed soon after the opening of the new chapel building in 1990 ... The choir’s forty or so members include chapel members and also other choristers from the Bridgend area. Rehearsals and concerts are usually held at the Tabernacl Chapel, Derwen Road, Bridgend. The choir performs music from a broad repertoire including classical and modern choral works, songs from musicals, folk song arrangements and contemporary pop songs.' ALERT Unable to open Website at Review; cited Facebook Page instead.

+ Bridgend Tabernacl Choir
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)571
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Re-formed in 1949 by conductor Rex Browning, with the aim of providing music of quality from the classical choral repertoire in the town and district ... The Choir continues to perform two major concerts each year, one with a full professional orchestra and soloists.'

+ Bridgwater Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)135
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)355
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

We are a thriving mixed choir of around 45 singers ... Based in Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, we hold two concerts each year, usually in May and December, engaging professional soloists and instrumentalists where appropriate ... Our varied repertoire is based around the principal classical choral works ... We welcome new members who will be assured of friendly company and a lively, enjoyable musical experience. Or why not come along to one of our concerts? They are always well attended and well received and are usually followed by a drink and a bite to eat.’

+ Brierley Hill Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)192

‘Founded for the 1968 Brighton Festival by its first Music Director, Laszlo Heltay. The choir's first performance, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer himself, brought overnight success. Brighton Festival Chorus is now one of the most sought-after and versatile choirs in the country with a busy schedule of concerts, recordings and tours both at home and abroad.‘

+ Brighton Festival Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)129
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)153
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded on January 26, 1942 ... Join us and sing great music! You don’t have to be a perfect sight reader of music, though you will need some ability to read vocal music. A good ear and the ability to feel the music’s harmony is an advantage. A short and friendly audition will help our conductor to see how your voice will blend in ... The choir numbers around 80-100 members. Each year several concerts of high quality, with professional soloists and orchestra, are put on.’

+ Brighton Orpheus Choir
VISITS (to the Website)64
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)120
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of the South West’s finest choral groups. Since its formation in 1966 the choir has gained a reputation for its dynamic, expressive singing and its vibrant performances. Its repertoire ranges from early Baroque music to 21st century compositions by James MacMillan, Arvo Pärt, Knut Nystedt, Cecilia McDowell and Will Todd. This versatility, and the choir’s size, mean that larger choral works and more intimate chamber choir pieces are performed with equal success ... We are always keen to accept singers who can pass an audition and demonstrate good sight-reading ability. Auditions are held by appointment, and applicants need to bring two copies of a piece to sing.‘

+ Bristol Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)69
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)123
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘If you have been considering joining a choir, but don’t know where to begin, look no further! Bristol Cabot is a friendly group that meets for rehearsals on Monday evenings during term time. Rehearsals will leave you feeling energised. Our members come from all walks of life. Not only do we create music together, but we also have an active social calendar, and a lively rehearsal coffee break! We are an auditioned choir, and our concerts often include professional singers and orchestras. We perform three concerts a year with a repertoire that embraces music from different centuries, from renaissance to brand new commissions.’

+ Bristol Cabot Choir
VISITS (to the Website)72
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)210

'Singers of all voice parts are welcome to join Bristol Choral Society at any time, and are encouraged to attend a few "no obligation" rehearsals during the first three weeks of term, before deciding if they would like to audition to join the choir ... After attending a few rehearsals, if you wish to join the choir, you will undertake a short, friendly audition ... comprising some scales/arpeggios to establish your range, pitching/aural exercises (such as singing the middle note of a chord), some sight-singing and a short prepared piece of your choice.'

+ Bristol Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)202
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)272
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1963, is a friendly choir of about 70 members with a wide range of ages and musical backgrounds ... Entry to the choir is by audition. If you are interested, why not come along to one of our rehearsals, meet us and sing with us and see what you think?‘

+ Bristol Phoenix Choir
VISITS (to the Website)58
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)153

'Founded in 1946 by Gerald King, Director of Music at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. The choir originally consisted of cadets and staff of the College supplemented by a few local civilians. The collaboration between town and college continued well into the 1980s, when changes within the college resulted in the choir becoming a self-supporting, independent society. Under successive directors, the choir has sought to maintain the established traditions of first-class programmes and performances.'

+ Britannia Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)140
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)365
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A friendly choir ... We currently have over 70 singers, men and ladies. Four concerts a year are performed, in local venues, mostly of sacred choral music but also including some secular pieces. We often have orchestral accompaniment and usually engage professional soloists.'

+ Broadstone Choir
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)412

'A lively amateur mixed choir of over 80 voices, which meets regularly each week on a Tuesday evening, to rehearse for two annual concerts in May and December. Professional soloists and orchestra join with the choir for performances.'

+ Brockenhurst Choir
VISITS (to the Website)112
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)313

‘The Choir aims to offer a full and involving musical experience to our audiences, and we welcome new singers who want to contribute to that. Although originally started in the first half of the 20th century, the choir in its present form was formed in 1952 as Brockham Christ Church Music Society, later taking its present name ... We don’t hold auditions, but we aim for a high standard. We warmly welcome new members to the choir, and encourage anyone with an interest in choral singing to contact us. Whilst previous choral experience is valuable, a love of singing and a desire to learn are more important. Also, new members would find it very useful to have either the ability to read music, or a good ear!‘

+ Brockham Choral
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)435
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Bromley Philharmonic Choir is always eager to welcome new singers. There is no audition, but all new members are on ‘probation’ for the first few weeks whilst we work out which part of the Choir would suit them best. A reasonable ability to sight-read music is an advantage, but not essential: some members have been unable to read music at all.’

+ Bromley Philharmonic Choir
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)163
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Our two concerts during the year take place in the spring and at Christmas.We sing a wide selection of choral music, some of the great choral works and some not so well known ... As well as our two concerts a year members of the choir take part in many other choral events ...'

+ Bromsgrove Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)109
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)336

'The Choir comprises about 55 singers and performs a wide variety of music, sacred and secular, from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. In the UK, they have sung in Bromyard, Ledbury, Hereford, Tenbury and village churches, as well as touring in the Isle of Wight. Further afield, during recent years they have visited Normandy, Holland and Finland, enjoying exchanges with choirs from those countries. The Choir generally engages professional or semi-professional soloists and accompanists for its concerts. Occasional vocal workshops take place led by professional singers.' ALERT Website not accessible at Review; referenced Society Facebook Page.

+ Bromyard Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)382

‘The origins of the choir can be traced to the formation of the Coalville Mining and Technical College Choir in 1953 ... In 1976 the choir was reconstituted as Broom Leys Choral Society; self-supporting and with charity status ... (The Choir) has continued to develop a wide and varied repertoire with concerts by both traditional and contemporary composers ranging from Brahms and Liszt to Sondheim and Lloyd-Webber.'

+ Broom Leys Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)150
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)442

‘Formed in February 1998 and welcomes members from Broughton and the neighbouring towns and villages. We are a mixed voice choir with a minimum age of 12 years, but no maximum. There are no auditions; applicants are required only to be able to sing in tune and commit to regular attendance at rehearsals ... Concerts in Broughton Village Hall are normally given twice a year, in the summer and at Christmas.There are a few Broughtons in the UK: this one is between Peebles and Biggar in the Scottish Borders.’

+ Broughton Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)43
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)138
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'In 1932, only 4 years after Bryanston School opened, a Musical Association was formed that led eventually to Bryanston Choral Society ... Bryanston Choral Society  has about 100 singers, swelling to an exciting 250 musicians when we sing with the students of Bryanston School ... We sing in two concerts each year, one in March or April ... For this concert we join with Bryanston School Choir ... We rehearse separately from the school. Our second concert is at Christmas.' ALERT At Review, unable to open the Society Website; reverted to the School Website Music Section.

+ Bryanston Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)398

'The Society is probably one of the oldest and long-established choirs with its roots going back to 1859 ... Concerts are usually held 3 times a year at the end of each term ... We perform a wide variety of choral music and engage professional musicians and soloists, when appropriate.'

+ Buckingham Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)177
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)378

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