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The Category Community Choirs is a subset of Singing Groups and Choirs. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Community Choirs which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Choir's Full Record.

 

Some 'Featured' Providers in this Category are so busy during their Season(s) that I do not even try to list all the dates when they have planned forthcoming events:

- Military Wives Choirs

In contrast, the ANNEXE for Community Choirs lists Choirs which do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

^ Community Choirs ANNEXE

 

'The large chorus, made up from a friendly group of 150 enthusiastic singers, is joined by a large professional orchestra and together ACE perform an annual concert featuring a variety of songs from well known stage musicals to middle-of-the-road, old familiar classics and the occasional surprise.'

 

'A community choir open to adults who enjoy singing both with others and to others. We do not audition and no previous experience is necessary to join. We are a group of people who just love to sing together. We sing music from all genres, including modern and traditional ... Concerts include residential homes and care homes, weddings, civic events, charitable concerts, and joint concerts with other bands and choirs. We also raise money for local and national charities.'

 

‘The community choir of Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire ... If you would like to sing with us then just come along to a rehearsal ... We give new members a term’s free membership. We hope this will encourage more to discover the joys and rewards of singing in a choir before having to make a financial commitment. There is no audition, and it is not necessary to be able to read music.’

+ All Saints Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Based in North Paddington. The Choir is open to everyone regardless of age, background or musical experience and we sing a variety of music from all genres, from many different cultures, and in languages from across the world ... The choir rehearses weekly during term-time ... We also perform at least one concert each term, and have performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, The Roundhouse and Paddington Central, as well as at local venues.’

+ All Sing! Harrow Road Community Choir

‘Making music by yourself isn't half as much fun as singing with others. Come along to a practice or a concert and find out by seeing and hearing us and feel what we mean! We are always happy to welcome new folk whether very experienced or complete novices ... Men, women as well as young people can join us. Everyone is warmly welcomed and, next to hard practice, to achieve high musical standards, it’s all about the spirit of fun and enjoyment.’

Everybody, Let’s Sing ‘started from a love of singing. No matter how old you are, the joy of singing with other people is uplifting and soul enhancing! We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to experience those feelings. ELS has various sections – all with the same aim – to enjoy singing together, and at times, to share this singing with a wider audience. Alvechurch Community Choir meets regularly to sing, and on occasions, perform. The choir’s outreach activities to care homes and community groups also draw in, and entertain, others’.

+ Alvechurch Community Choir
Also indexedEverybody, Let’s Sing

‘We are a small SATB choir based in Paisley ... and have a reputation for singing a very mixed repertoire. We are an adventurous choir which is keen to let our audiences hear music with which they may not be familiar but we programme this alongside more popular works. Our own annual concert in May regularly features works by living composers which are Scottish, European or, occasionally, world premières. These concerts are usually accompanied by the Arkleston Chamber Ensemble.’

+ Arkleston Singers
Also indexedArkleston Chamber Ensemble

‘Join Artful Voices and sing great songs arranged specifically for you! Learn music, make friends, have fun, and even get physical! No audition necessary! The Artful Playground team have a wealth of experience between them – from Performing/Directing musical theatre, composing, teaching in schools/in the community, and performing jazz and swing in venues all over the world. This makes Artful Voices the exciting and unique choir that it is!'

 

+ Artful Voices
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Ashbourne Singers is a community choir that exists for the benefit of members of the public with an interest in singing and who wish to do so in a friendly group. It is open to all over the age of 18 years ... The Young Ashbourne Singers choir is for children aged from 8 up to 18 years ... YAS has been running since 2008 under the umbrella and support of the adult choir. We perform regularly giving recitals and concerts in aid of charities.'

+ Ashbourne Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A community choir which has been performing concerts in and around the Ashford area since 1991. Our prime objectives are:- a. to promote and advance good singing with a preference for popular music of the past 100 years; b. to encourage participation from all parts of the local community; c. to raise money for charities and good causes.'

 

'There is a choir for Ashford – a community choir made up of people like you. The aim of the choir is simple – have fun singing together and then taking our voices to various locations around Ashford and the surrounding area, so we can spread a little joy!'

'The choir was originally formed in the early 90's ... (and) typically features around 50 voices and about 20 of those are original members. The choir‘s raison d‘être is to provide a friendly, enjoyable experience for all the members and a variety within the programmes so that every one feels there is something specifically for them, but with the overriding emphasis still on enjoyment.'

 

+ Ashton Keynes Village Choir

'An open access community choir for anyone who enjoys singing. We do not hold auditions, and members are not required to read music or have any previous experience: only enthusiasm and a willingness to 'have a go ... The choir sings unaccompanied, in four-part harmony. The songbook includes music from far and wide - from popular, to folk, to gospel, to show tunes, in languages from English to Basque and even Russian!'

‘Barnsley's newest and most exciting adult choir led by the team that developed Barnsley Youth Choir into European Champions. No audition necessary ... The choir brings together members of the community from all walks of life to perform in a number of concerts throughout the year. The choir rehearse and perform all types of music ranging through traditional, pop, classical and topical.’

'An amateur mixed adult choir ... We sing a wide variety of music - you may not like everything we do, but you're sure to like something, and if your favourite isn't in our programme there are plenty of opportunities for choir members to make suggestions for future concerts. Typically we put on 3 major concerts in a year, but we also sing by invitation at other local events.'

 

‘Set up in 2010 to promote singing for wellbeing and explore the positive health benefits of singing ... Beccles Community Choir welcomes ANYBODY and EVERYBODY. We sing Jazz, Musicals, Pop, Spirituals, Gospel, Ska and other styles based on a list of songs that the choir decides to sing ... In 2012, our sister choir Bungay Community Choir started ... and carries on our ethos – to be a small and friendly community; welcoming and fun. All the things we believe music should be.’

+ Beccles Community Choir
Also indexedBungay Community Choir

Interested in singing? Passionate about choral music performed well? Want to make some new friends in the community? We are an inclusive, fun, engaging community that values the playful and relaxed pursuit of choral excellence. We rehearse for about an hour, stop for a glass of wine (or two) and then rehearse for another 45 minutes or so.'

 

'We have approximately 50 members and give at least two concerts each year which often involve both amateur and professional soloists, with the object of providing an enjoyable and enlightening musical experience for our audience and choir members alike. We also run "Come & Sing" sessions, workshops and take part in community events.'

 

Setup in 1979 on the Isle of Wight: ‘Had its origins as the School Choral Society for Bembridge School (a boarding school at that time) ... The choir is currently around 40 strong and generally performs 3 concerts per year and a break being taken for the summer holidays. The choir welcomes singers of all abilities - all you need is an enjoyment of singing and a commitment to attend rehearsals’.

 

‘Plainsong in the 21st Century ... The Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir draws singers from across the North-East of England to learn and perform gregorian chant and other plainsong. We enjoy singing together as we explore some of the roots of Western music and try to relate the heritage of this music to life in the 21st century.‘

+ Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir

‘Join us ... Enjoy being part of a friendly, committed local choir ... Enjoy our Music Director's enthusiastic and encouraging style ... Learn new arrangements in a lovely atmosphere ... You may have always wanted to try singing but never had the courage: here is your chance to make your dream come true!’

+ Billericay Community Choir

'Founded in 1951 and is still a very active group of singers. With over 40 members, both male and female, the choir enjoys singing from a wide repertoire of music including items from the musicals and modern songs which are always popular with audiences.'

 

+ Billingham Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a mixed voice choir and welcome new voices and in particular younger members. If you would like to come along to a rehearsal to meet us or want any more information please contact us so that we are ready to welcome you ... We sing a mixture of light popular music.’

 

'We are a community choir, independent of The Borough Market (Southwark) but a group of staff, trustees, traders and customers; all connected by a love of food! Founded in 2011 to perform at a community concert at The Shakespeare's Globe, the choir was inspired to continue performing. Today we sing all around SE1 (and beyond!), including the Tate Modern, The Southbank Centre and Shakespeare's Globe. We have taken part in flash mobs, collaborated with local artists and theatre directors, and performed together within our community.'

 

 

+ Borough Market Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’Come and be part of a truly uplifting community experience! Everyone is welcome to join us – young, youngish and not so young. Don’t be shy, there are no auditions, there’s no need to read music, just bring yourself and a bottle of water (it can be thirsty work!). We have close to 100 members at most of our rehearsals, with our alto and soprano sections full but we are looking for tenors and basses. The names of potential soprano or alto singers will be added to a waiting list. We sing a variety of different songs selected from the genres of classical, world and popular music.’

 

+ Bowes Park Community Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our primary purpose is to have fun with friends, and our musical repertoire covers a wide range of interests, from classical pieces to modern hits ... The choir performs two big concerts per year in June and December ... We also respond, where we can, to invitations to perform at other local events ... The choir has sung at many locations throughout North Cumbria over the years ... The choir has always been dedicated to raising funds for local charities wherever possible.‘

 

+ Brampton & District Choir

‘A community choir based in Braughing in Hertfordshire ... The choir sings music in a variety of styles and is open to all ages and abilities. There are no auditions and you do not need to be able to read music. The only requirement is plenty of enthusiasm!  Braughing Sing members are encouraged to attend regularly so that the choir can progress together and reach a good standard for performances. However the main aim is to have fun and enjoy ourselves getting to know new music and improving our sound.‘

 

‘A non-auditioned community choir based in South Brent, Devon which has been in existence for over thirty years ... We sing a variety of music, performing three concerts a year at Christmas, Easter and Summer. Our Summer Concert is of a lighter tone ... The audience sit café-style bringing picnics for this concert. Our Easter concert is sung in Buckfast Abbey and usually includes a major work.’

 

+ Brent Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1943: ‘Performs three to four concerts per year, with a diverse, exciting repertoire of classic and contemporary choral music ...  We are always pleased to encourage new members. There are no auditions – and no pre-qualification requirements. We support and encourage all levels of experience. Simply turn up at one of our Tuesday night rehearsals ... You will be made very welcome.’

+ Briantspuddle Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We have taken the view that, as there are a number of choirs dedicated solely to Classical music within the area, we should offer a more varied repertoire, which is pleasurable both to audience and choir. Therefore our concerts cater for a range of tastes and our repertoire includes popular classics, traditional and popular songs, spirituals, and songs from the shows as well as Classical music. We find there is something to suit all tastes. The choir members even get to choose some items in each concert!’

 

+ Bridport Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1969, originally under the name of the RAF Brize Norton Singers ... The membership initially was comprised of Royal Air Force personnel and their wives, but quickly branched out to include civilians from the local community ... In December 2003 the RAF Brize Norton Singers reluctantly decided to leave the umbrella of the RAF and changed their name to the Brize Singers ... The Singers are always happy to receive requests to perform in venues in Witney and the surrounding area, particularly to help with fundraising ... They also perform a number of their own concerts during the year, including a couple at Christmas and their annual concert in September each year.’

Founded 1988: ‘We are a friendly choir which rehearses on Monday evenings ... Our choir sings in SATB and we have vacancies in all parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass). We do not have auditions but we have a probationary period of one month to see how we get on ... We perform three main concerts per year. All monies raised at our concerts go to local or national charities’.

 

+ Bromley Œcumenical Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Buckland and Betchworth was formed in 1923. Originally a "village" choir with members drawn mainly from the two villages, today we have members “commuting” from all over Surrey ... It doesn't matter if you think you are a bit rusty: there is no audition and you don't even have to read music. We are a social and friendly choir focused on enjoying making music together and improving our standards as a team - everyone is welcome!’

+ Buckland & Betchworth Choral Society

‘The Buckley Singers, formerly Buckley Choral Society, has been established for over 100 years and attracts members from a wide area around Buckley, near Mold, in North East Wales. Singing in a wide range of styles, both old and new, we are a friendly mixed community choir and are always looking for new members of all musical abilities, especially tenors and basses ... We guarantee a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere, so why not give us a try?’

‘A mixed community choir, whose members have a love of singing and enjoy meeting peiple and having a good time! ... We have sung a wide and varied selection of works, ranging from classical, folk, film, musicals and popular ... Formed in 1988 ... the group was established as an amateur, non-denominational choir, performing concerts in the locality for charitable purposes.’

'We don’t have auditions and believe that anyone can sing. As a community choir, we are sometimes invited to sing at public events but that’s the icing on the cake. Part of the enjoyment comes from an improved sense of well-being: you can arrive stressed and tired from your hard day but singing helps you breathe better and feel calmer.'

Founded 2015: ‘An exciting non-auditioning choir with a passion for a broad variety of choral music from around the globe ... Cantar’s aim, in addition to providing a wonderful singing experience for members in a friendly and welcoming environment, is to perform at a range of community, charity, arts and music events, to bring interesting and diverse choral singing to communities both locally and further afield’.

 

+ Cantar Community Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in March 2009, since then the choir membership has has grown to its present strength to over eighty members. We cover a wide age range and draw members from in and around the community of Calday Grange Grammar School ... All adults are welcome, including staff, parents, neighbours and residents of Wirral ... The Choir's ever expanding repertoire is extensive and includes singing a wide range of genres from Rock to Pop, Oratorio to Opera, performing one or two concerts each term ... If you think the jump from bathroom singing to choir is too daunting, come along and join us at a rehearsal. There’s no obligation to sing, stay or pay. Just sit and listen to us and, if you like what you hear, come back the following week!‘

'Aims to encourage as many people as possible to discover the joy and multiple benefits of singing. We all have voices – and every one is unique. We believe that every voice should be celebrated and aim to help each participant discover and enjoy their own voice ...'

+ Canterbury Vocals
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A community choir based in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire ... Choir membership has now grown to over sixty. New singers are welcome in all sections − soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. There are no auditions. You just have to enjoy singing and want to learn. Vocal training takes place at some rehearsals.‘

 

+ Cantorion Llandeilo Singers

‘Formed in February 2011 and has been entertaining audiences in the Castle Point Area. We are an independent non-profit making organistaion dedicated to raising funds for local charities ... You don't need to be able to read music or a trained musician or a professional singer to sing with The Canvey Community Choir. Come along just to enjoy the music, sing and have fun. We provide training to sing in a chorus and if you wish, the chance to sing in public, and the opportunity to sing solo ... The Choir sings a wide variety of music, from Modern pop - Patriotic songs - Hymns - Christmas carols - Folk.’ ALERT Unable to access Choir Website at Review; referenced Facebook Page instead.

+ Canvey Community Choir

‘We are a community choir of mixed voices from Workington and the surrounding districts ...We perform several concerts throughout the year in Workington and the local areas using facilities such as theatres, churches, museums, village and church halls. The range of music in the choir repertoire is varied and encompasses classical choral works, sacred music and anthems of all periods, including: 16th to 21st centuries, folk songs, songs from the shows, jazz and pop music. We have had several pieces of music composed for us, and we also have commissioned works.’

+ Carnegie Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1965: ‘We are a mixed voice ensemble of about 60 voices, and our repertoire encompasses a variety of musical styles including sacred and secular, folk, spiritual and modern ... Concerts are given to support any body or organisation wishing to benefit from the raising of funds ... The choir has sung at hundreds of concerts and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity ... We are non auditioned and members pay a modest annual subscription A friendly welcome and an atmosphere of enjoyment in singing is guaranteed’.

'We are a mixed choir, with about 60 voices. Our repertoire is very varied and includes sacred music, folk songs, songs from the shows, and Gilbert & Sullivan ... We are always delighted to welcome new members ... Many of us remember that daunting first step through the door to something new, however, you can be sure of a very warm welcome and we know you will wonder why it took you so long to join us!'

‘We are a community choir in Rutland based in Edith Weston with members drawn from all over the county and beyond. We sing for fun and to gain a sense of community spirit as encouraged by that choir master extraordinaire Mr Gareth Malone!‘

 

‘We are a friendly, village choir and our goal and our passion has been to work hard, entertain our audiences and have fun in the process. We have about 30 members of varying ages and abilities.’

 

Choir 2000 is a community choir based in Histon, Cambridgeshire. Our members are drawn from many of the villages around Cambridge as well as parts of the city itself. We began life as a project for the Millennium, but everyone was having such a good time that it was decided to keep going ... As well as works of the standard choral repertoire, our performances have included rarely performed works, including the UK first performance of Hermann Suter's “Le Laudi”, the world premiere of Christopher Brown's cantata “Gloriana” (Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebrations), commissioned by Choir 2000, and “Winter”, part of the “Cantata for the Seasons”, by Stevie Wishart, jointly commissioned with the Ipswich Choral Society.’

 

+ Choir 2000 Histon and Impington Community Choir

‘Choir86 are based in Kingsteignton and enjoy rehearsing on Monday evenings. They have a new musical director, a new sound and are at the top of their game! ... Choir 86 comprises around 40 - 50 members with the predominant strength in numbers being found in the soprano and alto ranks. Tenors and basses are smaller sections but as always make up for their numbers through making a significant noise! The blend is in fact very pleasing and the sound quality is well received by our audiences.‘

Formed 1993: ‘A forty-strong, mixed voice choir, based in Bradford, West Yorkshire ... Primarily, we are a friendly group from a variety of backgrounds who enjoy singing together and socialising both in rehearsals and in performance. Our “mission” is to share our enjoyment of choral music and to widen people’s perception of choral singing in all its glorious variety. Through the leadership of our musical director, we have sought to challenge our singing experience and we now have an extensive repertoire ranging from full works to pieces lasting little over a minute. Each concert we give incorporates something for all tastes – sacred and secular, ancient and modern, serious and not so serious, popular and classical favourites - and all types in between ! We also have some accomplished soloists to help ring the changes’.

 

+ Chordiality
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Choral group based in Gorleston, Norfolk ... We present a range of concerts each year beginning in March, where we present a show style concert at the Gorleston Pavilion Theatre for 3 nights ... We are also proud to have a Junior Choir who also perform in the concerts ... New members are always very welcome to join us and we will be happy to talk through how you can get involved.‘

 

+ Chorus of St Cecilia
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly, hard working choir, open to all with no audition. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings in the City and perform several times a year in beautiful venues ... All works are thoroughly rehearsed and sound files are available to help you learn the music ... If you enjoy singing, try one of our concerts, then come and give a rehearsal a try.’

 

+ City Chorus [London]
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 2008, City Voices has grown from a small choir of just 25 voices to a membership of over 180 in just ten years. In that time it has been involved in concerts raising over £50,000 for a mixture of charities and performed in a variety of venues in and around Cardiff, as well as further afield. There are no auditions to join, City Voices believe singing is for everyone - everyone has a voice and it should be about meeting new people and having fun. The music performed by City Voices does not follow the traditional “Choral Society” approach, but instead we feature music from Stage and Screen ... City Voices is now a well-established choir, with only a few vacancies periodically becoming available. As a result of this, we have taken the decision to close our waiting list. Instead, we will be reviewing our membership bi-annually each May and November.’

+ City Voices Cardiff
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘50 strong mixed voice choir ... singing a varied repertoire of sacred & secular music ... It has singers from all professions who base themselves in Ballyclare, a town well known for its musical traditions. Regular singing throughout the province keeps them busy and they are always adding to their membership and repertoire.’

+ Clare Chorale
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Exists for anyone of any age, background or ability who enjoys singing whether they consider themselves to be a "singaphobic", an expert or somewhere in between. No auditioning is required. Our motto is “generations singing together” ... Our aim is to go out into the community and further afield as a voluntary group and perform for any organisation who would like to be entertained and have some fun.‘

 

'We are a friendly mixed voice choir, with members from Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk. The choir is named after the anti-slavery campaigner, Thomas Clarkson. Our repertoire is wide ranging and covers both sacred and secular works from madrigals to songs from the shows.'

We love singing and put on two main shows for Spring and Christmas ... New members are always welcome at rehearsals on Mondays – no auditions ... Half price annual subscription to under 25s and other concessions available'

+ Clevedon Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Everyone has experienced the joy of singing at some time of their life. Singing in harmony with others can be an exhilarating experience for both performers and audience. Members of the Clydebank District Choir enjoy the pleasures and challenges of singing and sharing their music with others.'

+ Clydebank District Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A Choir dedicated to singing about the world around us, its inequalities and injustices, and our (4-part vocal harmony) opposition to such injustice. Commoners Choir is also dedicated to reclaiming the fun of making a big noise together without lugging a vanful of instruments and amplifiers around with us. We’re based in West Yorkshire, but we gather and sing wherever seems fitting.’

‘We are a friendly mixed choir with approx 100 members ... Our concerts include two in Eastbourne & Seaford in June & December ... Concentus means “agreement”, “harmony”, or “unity”, and this defines the very spirit of the choir ... Our Musical Director strives to ensure that harmony exists not just in the musical notes that are sung but also in the way that choir members are cared for ... What does Concentus sing? Well a little bit of everything!’

 

‘Founded in 1986 by members of Southampton CND who enjoyed singing, and began giving occasional concerts ... The idea evolved to have fun and to raise money for various good causes. Our original name was Concord Singers (without the 'h'), devised ... to include the letters CND. Eventually the choir was permanently constituted ... At this time we revised our name to Conchord Singers ... We are always looking for new members in all parts. There is no audition, but an ability to follow music notation and a sense of pitch are important. Do try us out at a few rehearsals before deciding to commit.’

 

+ Conchord Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Cradley Singers is a choir of approximately 30 singers performing three concerts each year in and around the Malvern and Worcester area. Although we originated as Cradley Village choir, our members now come from many villages and market towns in the area, such as Ledbury, Bromyard and Malvern. We sing a wide variety of music ranging from serious works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Duruflé Requiem to light-hearted jazz and contemporary pieces.‘

+ Cradley Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘If you're thinking about joining a choir, these days there are lots to choose from. As such, I try to run the Cranleigh Community Choir in the way I'd like a choir to run if I was in it myself! This means: * great music (we cover practically every musical genre) that both the choir and audiences enjoy; * the singing is purely for enjoyment, the love of singing and for the high standard performances we give in front of regular sold-out audiences - we don't do any competitions ... ; * we do two great concerts per year - one at Christmas and one in the summer plus sometimes ad hoc performances around the same time (although the ad hoc performances are optional); * we DON'T do any movements in the songs that we sing, except for one song at Christmas that our audiences now expect us to roll out each year and very, very occasionally another one if it seems appropriate! ...’

 

‘Formed in 1976 by Stanley Kirk to perform a single concert, The Cromwell Singers have become well established in the choral life of the Newbury area. Originally rehearsals took place in the United Reformed Church Hall in Cromwell Place ... The Cromwells decided to continue after their inception and grew to their present size of approximately 60 voices ... We are a friendly group whose philosophy is one of combining musical enjoyment for our members and for our audience, whilst allowing members to develop their musical skills in a supportive environment. The Cromwell Singers have a long tradition of singing a variety of different styles of music, mainly shorter pieces, including medleys of songs from musicals, classical pieces and lighter items.  A music committee meets regularly to discuss the programme content, with feedback from the choir members.’

 

+ Cromwell Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Established in 1978, we are a mixed-voice (SATB) choir with willingness and enthusiasm. We don't take ourselves too seriously, but do reap the rewards of our efforts. Our musical repertoire is wide and varied and is not limited to classic and sacred works. Recent themes have included Scottish Folk, European, Gospel, Blues as well as classical choral spanning the centuries to new works and commisions.'

 

'We aim to give members the opportunity to sing together in a choir, perhaps for the first time, singing a wide repertoire from classical, world music and folk to gospel and pop. You don’t need to be able to read music to take part – it’s all explained as we go along ... Unlike many other choirs, we rehearse during the day, providing a chance to sing for those who are unable to join an evening group. Our membership therefore reflects a wide range of the community, from students, young parents, those not working during the morning, to those who are retired. There are no auditions – all adults are welcome.'

+ Dacorum Community Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in January 2010, and welcomes members from the local community and beyond. The only qualifications required to join our ranks are a love of music and an enjoyment of singing! Our extensive repertoire includes traditional songs, medleys from well known musicals, classical anthems, and even the occasional pop song! We have performed at a number of local events and music festivals, and host our own concerts.’

 

+ Dagnall Community Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A Thornhill-based choir, formed in 1974, with about 40 singers ... We sing a mixture of traditional songs (folk tunes and such as those of Burns), classical choral works (typically Haydn, Handel, Mozart, Rutter and Schubert), and show tunes (recently from Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and a Beatles Medley). A few of our members can sing the notes straight off the printed sheet, but while we value those with musical skills, the most important qualification is enthusiasm and a willingness to work on your music between rehearsals. There is no audition - if you can hear a sequence of 4 or 5 notes and then sing them back, you will almost certainly be able to enjoy developing your skill from there with the choir.’

+ Dalgarno Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a community choir based in Telford Shropshire ... Everyone is welcome to come and sing, you do not need any experience, or the ability to read music.’

 

+ Darby Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1992: ‘The choir aims to provide a sociable and friendly environment for members who enjoy singing together with a view to giving varied and enjoyable concerts on a regular basis ... The choice of music is varied, ranging from shows, traditional folk songs, spirituals and sacred music’.

 

‘Formed in 1993 by a small group of enthusiasts.Many of the original founders had already had distinguished careers in local amateur concert and theatre performance which provided the solid foundation on which the quality of the new society was built. Since those early carefree days, a strong organised structure has evolved which any society must have if it is to survive and move forward ... Our varied repertoire ranges from Musicals to the Movies, and the Beatles through to Gilbert and Sullivan.’

+ Downland Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are an enthusiastic, SATB choir based in Ayrshire, Scotland. With approximately 95 singing members, we perform a wide variety of music from pop to broadway and film alongside some opera chorus and some of the great choral classics. We perform twice annually (May and December) in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock and regularly support local charities.’

‘We are a community choir and have been singing in and around Duffield since 2003. We love to sing at concerts and festivals, weddings and parties. We welcome anyone who would like to sing with us ... We sing a wide range of music including choral, world, folk, jazz, gospel, songs from the shows and works composed specially for us.’

 

‘A community choir that prides itself in drawing members from all backgrounds and walks of life. In common we have an interest in singing and performing songs from  many different times, communites and traditions. We have performed gospel, doo-wop, Georgian, Balkan, contemporary English, local folk and African music. Members of the choir may have had some or no previous experience but they all enjoy the tremendous feeling that comes from singing with others in an atmosphere that is warm, friendly and fun. From time to time, we perform concerts around the area, both indoors and out.’

 

 

+ Durham Scratch Choir

‘Experience the satisfaction of bringing together a musical work with fellow singers and musicians, and of being able to relive the experience on CD and DVD (thanks to our technical crew who record the live performance!). Our soloists regularly come from one of the London colleges of music and it’s such a pleasure to hear them at the start of their careers. Soloists are sometimes chosen from the choir too. Our players are sometimes professionals from London orchestras but we’re delighted to work with local amateur orchestras or players as well ... We give three or four concerts each year by great composers, Mozart, Byrd, Karl Jenkins and Puccini to name but a few.‘

 

+ Ealing Common Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a community choir who welcome singers and orchestral players to take part in an inclusive environment where making music is enjoyed and new skills learned and developed. We put on a diverse range of musical shows from choral pieces to West End shows. Our shows are very popular and nearly always sell out. Our social activities also allow members to make new friends.'

 

‘A community choir of all ages drawn from the Eden area of Cumbria. Our aim is to provide enjoyment, both for our members and audiences, by performing a wide variety of music styles. We are a mixed choir singing in 4-parts: sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.’

 

‘If you think “choir” means standing still and singing old fashioned music while holding scores, think again. The Edinburgh Police Choir is a bit different.  We consistently delight and surprise our audiences with our lively interpretation of songs you might, or might not know ... Some of our members work for the Police Service but there’s no need to have a police connection to join us ... We welcome choristers from our community as well as police staff.’

 

+ Edinburgh Police Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in Edinburgh in 1947 by Mollie Scott (a Lady Supervisor in the then Rose Street Telephone Exchange). The original ladies only choir recruited gentlemen in 1950 to enable a wider range of music to be undertaken with part singing. Since the 1950’s the Choir members have come from various occupations other than telephonists, however being well known by the original name we have decided not to change it. The Choir has become popular throughout Edinburgh and the surrounding districts with many charities benefiting from monies donated by the group.'

 

+ Edinburgh Telephone Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1988: ‘The Choir’s aim is to promote the Art Form - MUSIC IS LIFE - involving local people in the Choir and Orchestra bringing a wide range of Music to the Arun area, by local people for local people‘.

+ Edwin James Festival Choir & Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘ECV is based in Long Buckby, Northants, performing a wide range of modern music singing in 4 part harmony ... We perform, on average, three concerts a year in different venues ... We have fun rehearsing and performing. Elation Community Voices offers complete community involvement and has certainly changed the lives of a lot of our members. We have also made many new friends. Our ages range from 20 to 80, from all backgrounds, with differing musical talents, but with one common interest – the love of singing!’

‘A 35 strong vocal harmony group which performs songs from the light classical repertoire, folk, jazz and blues to pop, swing and songs from the big band era ... We hold 3 fundraising concerts a year in aid of Suffolk charities, perform at Art on the Prom and other events in Felixstowe, as well as at various venues in Suffolk.‘

 

+ Felixstowe Harmonies
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The friendliest choir in Solihull ... We formed in 1952 when a group of singers met on a Sunday evening to sing together for their own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of others ... We are passionate about singing and have a repertoire which is ever-changing to meet members’ and audience’s tastes. Don’t let our longevity fool you: we sing equal quantities of current popular music, together with a few old favourites.’

+ Fellowship Singers of Shirley

'A vibrant, no-audition community choir based in Castle Douglas, SW Scotland. Anyone can join!'

 

‘Based in the ancient village of Fletching, near Uckfield ... We aim to give an opportunity for amateur singers of all standards to have access to many different types of music. The choir numbers about 50 regular members, some of whom are good readers of music with considerable experience of choral singing, while others are less experienced musicians who come because they enjoy singing in congenial company, while at the same time extending their musical skills. This wide range of ability enables us to perform some of the great masterpieces of the choral repertoire, such as Bach's St John Passion or Mozart's Requiem, as well as songs from the shows, partsongs, madrigals and folksongs.’

 

‘We are a friendly choir based in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK. Formed in October 2014, we hold regular events throughout the North Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire community. Musically, we perform from a wide range, including songs from musical theatre, choral classics, sacred pieces and pop songs, so there is bound to be something to suit all tastes ... We meet weekly In Letchworth to learn 3 and 4 part harmonies for all the different sorts of music. We learn by practice, with music reading not required. Our motto is Friendship through Singing, but we produce lovely sounds too!‘

‘We are a small, enthusiastic, mixed voice community choir and whilst we started in Gargunnock and continue to hold our rehearsals here, our members now come from the surrounding Forth Valley villages - Drymen, Kippen, Thornhill, Doune, Blair Logie, Dunblane ... We all have very different musical backgrounds. Some of us can't read music at all and some of us are still at school but what we all have in common is a love of music and getting together for a good sing. We sing all sorts of music - music from the Shows, some shorter Choral works, traditional Scottish songs, fun songs and singalongs. We have even ventured into Coldplay and U2 ! ... Our philosophy, as it was when we first started, is to sing for the joy and fun of singing, and we hope our audiences will enjoy the experience too.’

+ Gargunnock Songsters
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘If you'd like to come and make music in a supportive and friendly atmosphere, then the Glasgow Lyric Choir is for you. We sing a wide range of choral works from all eras ... New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining us, why not come along and take part first of all in a few rehearsals - after which you will be invited to a short, informal audition with the conductor. No-one else will be present. You'll be encouraged to sing through a few vocal exercises (and perhaps something of your own choosing) in order that he can decide how your voice will fit into the choir. This will be done in a very relaxed manner!’

+ Glasgow Lyric Choir

‘Our repertoire is wide and varied covering West End/Broadway musicals, operatic choruses, classical pieces, Scottish songs, sacred music, "easy listening" and humour, and a typical concert will cover most or all of these genres in one night! We are also fortunate to have some fine soloists too. We are not a religious/church or Cathedral choir, and neither are we a choral society or orchestral/theatrical chorus, though we have elements of all of these in our catalogue.‘

 

+ Glasgow Phoenix Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a Community Choir, a friendly and informal group who have fun singing a wide range of unaccompanied harmony songs from all over the world. We enjoy rhythms from Africa, stirring Eastern European harmonies, songs from the Southern Seas and the Americas, soulful gospel and blues to name but a few - as well as traditional folk and rock and pop from our own culture.'

‘Established in April 2009 and based in Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire ... Open to singers of all ages who want to sing a mix of music for pleasure as well as learning some technique along the way. There is no audition and everyone's voice is welcome, no matter how rusty or polished! The rehearsals are best described as a combination of fun and laughter as well as focused learning and thoughtful singing. Everyone is valued and worrying is not allowed! ... The choir aims to put on at least one major public performance each year (which involves all members of the choir) and also attends a number of other local functions (often with smaller groups of singers).‘

 

+ Grand Union Community Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a community choir with around 300 members in all. You will be welcomed, whatever your singing experience and ability ... To date we have staged two concerts each year, singing a variety of songs from the shows and classic favourites. Practices are scheduled in the months leading up to each performance and traditionally we have a break in the middle of each practice to get to know each other, have a drink and eat cake!’ Comprises an Adult Choir rehearsing either in the afternoon or the evening; and a Youth and Children’s Choir.

 

‘A friendly, un-auditioned local community choir based in North West London. We offer communal music-making for those who would like to take up choral singing and for those have sung in the past and would like to resume ... The Chorus was established as the UCS Centenary Choir and continues to be closely associated with University College School where it is based, although it today comprises singers from both within the UCS community and the wider Northwest London area.’

 

+ Hampstead Chorus
Also indexedUCS Centenary Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a friendly mixed voices non-auditioning choir based in South Harrow ... We approach our rehearsals with energy and enthusiasm and we hope this is reflected in our concert performances ... Harrow Harmony performs three main concerts locally during the year, one to celebrate Christmas in which there is always a chance for audience participation and two larger concerts in spring and summer, usually featuring guest musicians. We always invite our audience to join us for a buffet after our concerts and our hospitality is now legendary!‘

 

+ Harrow Harmony
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'As a choir, we are open to all age groups, there is no audition and you don't need to be able to read music. We welcome people of different levels of experience, from those who say they are "tone deaf" to those who are confident singers ... We sing pieces from simple rounds to four part harmony; traditional and modern from all over the world ... Whatever we do, we try to make it FUN  ... We love to perform and enjoy singing at a host of venues across the community. If you would like us to perform for you at your event we would be happy to oblige but please give us several months notice.'

 

+ Hatfield and Welwyn Community Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’30-member SATB choir with a very wide repetoire. We are available for any type of engagement, including concerts, weddings and Christmas parties.‘

 

‘First started out as the Hedingham Choral Society in 1984. In 1995 our name changed to the Hedingham Singers as it was more appropriate to the sort of music we perform ... Our repertoire includes songs from the shows, light classical music, popular songs, sacred pieces and jazzy numbers ... Anyone can join ... Whatever your music ability, you are welcome ... There is no formal audition.’

‘Community choir formed in 2002 in Nether Heyford. The idea emerged from the wish of a couple of local ladies ... to have something else in the community which would not only provide an opportunity for social contact but would also give many people the chance to sing in a less formal setting than exists in many choirs, which concentrate on “serious” music ...’

'First formed in 1941 as a village choir. The tradition of singing a wide variety of music at local events and raising money for charity was established then, and has continued to the present day. Today we are a choir of 60 members ... We perform three main concerts each year and work hard to achieve high standards within a wide repertoire, including music from traditional to modern classics, from sacred and oratorio pieces to folk and show songs. Currently our membership is full, but we are always interested to hear from singers as circumstances may change. It is not essential to be able to sight read music, only to have an ability to learn and sing in parts, as help and encouragement is always available with learning CD’s provided for learning at home.'

+ Holymoorside Choral Society

‘The present choir has a membership of around forty and enjoys performing a wide repertoire of music, including songs from the shows, anthems, oratorios, Gilbert & Sullivan, requiems, John Rutter, folk songs, and, of course, Christmas carols! We are based and rehearse in Horringer, 2.5 miles south west of Bury St Edmunds, and our members come from not only Horringer but also Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding villages.’

 

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