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‘Mixed-voice community choir ... with almost 70 members. We sing a wide variety of music including musicals, pop, ballads, movie music, folk music, classical, sacred, opera, spirituals and light jazz. We are a friendly group of people who love to sing while raising money for local and national charities.'

 

'An SATB choir of around 50 members. We sing choral music from a wide range of styles, from classical to modern, in up to eight-part harmony. We have 2 concert seasons each year, one in early summer and one at Christmas time.'

 

'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.'

 

Adoramus Choir and Orchestra a history of providing creative, entertaining programmes using music from a wide spectrum of genres, guaranteed to appeal to a broad variety of tastes. Many of our concerts include visual material to accompany the music, bringing an extra dimension to well-loved classics as well as to more contemporary material. Concerts are often compèred in an informative, humorous and thought provoking way that helps engage the audience in the whole evening ... As a Christian organisation, we aspire to be a “musical missional community”, supporting and encouraging one another and striving for musical excellence.‘

 

'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.'

 

'AFO is a family-run organisation, established in 2011 and offers weekly singing sessions in Hull, Beverley, Market Weighton, Driffield and Cleethorpes. Our choirs are informal and welcoming with a great atmosphere in all of our specially chosen venues. When you join us, you join our choir family!'

 

'Our unauditioned community choir has been singing together since 2009 ... Our repertoire ranges from early, classical and folk songs to ‘romantic’ partsongs, showtunes and medleys; always with a variety ‘on the go’ so as to offer something for everyone. Pieces are chosen by a committee, based on suggestions from within the choir and agreed by the Musical Director, with the aim of keeping this range and balance always in mind.'

 

‘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.’

‘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.’

Founded 2012: 'Our singers come from all sorts of backgrounds – people who have never sung before to those who have been part of choirs their whole lives. The common ground is enthusiasm and an enjoyment of making music'.

‘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.’

‘Formed in May 2012 and was created to allow people of all singing abilities to get together, make new friends and sing their favourite songs ... The Choir now boasts around 70 Members ... We perform at a variety of events throughout the year from full scale concerts to outdoor events.’

 

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’.

 

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‘Bishop's Stortford-based choir originally made up of parents and friends of students in the renowned Cantate youth choir. We were formed in 2005 at the request of many music-loving parents who wanted to come together for occasional rehearsals and sing together in the Cantate spirit ...  Amici Cantate is an open access choir with no entry auditions or entry requirements. Of course, it helps if you have a sense of humour and love to sing some sometimes challenging music.‘

 

‘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.’

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‘We are a mixed choir of all ages made up of around 40-50 singers ... We perform our own fundraising concerts during the year and in addition we perform concerts by invitation from other organisations, churches, village halls, charities, etc., who wish to raise their own funds ... We perform music of many styles – show songs, opera choruses, spirituals, folk songs, traditional songs, ballads, classic pop – so there is something to please everyone.’

 

‘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!'

 

'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.'

'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!'

'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!'

 

'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.’

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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.‘

‘Welcomes everyone - all ages and abilities. There are no auditions. Singing a range of music from musical theatre shows to choral pieces, the choir puts on two concerts a year to raise money for the benefit of the local community ... Oportunities to join the Teen Choir or Junior/ Children’s 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.'

 

‘We are a very friendly choir and are always looking to recruit new members, preferably, but not essentially, with some experience and music reading ability. There is no audition for membership, and we provide a supportive atmosphere in which to get your singing voice into shape ... Concert performances are given at our rehearsal venue, but also in churches and halls throughout the Vale Royal area of Cheshire and sometimes further afield - many in aid of charitable organisations. There are usually 6 or 7 concerts a year and during the Christmas period we also perform carols and other Christmas music at various informal and formal venues, both outdoors and indoors.‘

 

’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.’

 

‘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.‘

 

‘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.’

 

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.’

‘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!’

 

'Promotes a wide range of music from Russia ... We perform several times a year at various festivals and events and also present our own concerts. As well as local performances we also participate in occasional events in London and the south-east, including some prestigious events arranged by the London Russian community. Everything is sung in Russian but we carefully translate the texts and talk about the history and context of each piece. Cyrillic script, transliteration and translation are all available as well as musical scores. The group brings together music lovers of all backgrounds and singing levels with or without any knowledge of Russian language and culture.'

 

‘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’.

 

‘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!’

‘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.'

 

'A mixed choir of 35 singers, based in the village of St Neot, but with members drawn from both Devon and Cornwall ... The choir performs music from a very wide repertoire, including classical, church music, rock ballads, spirituals and musicals - from Tallis to Tavener, Beatles to Broadway, and everything in between.'

 

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’.

 

'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 ...'

 

'We are a non-auditioned, mixed, four-part choir of around 40 members and are based for rehearsals in the village of Howey on the outskirts of Llandrindod Wells. Members are drawn from Llandrindod Wells and the surrounding areas. Our reportoire is wide but whilst some, but far from all, of the works we perform were originally written as church music we are not a religious organisation - we just love great music.'

 

‘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.‘

 

'Cardiff Ardwyn Singers is one of Wales’s leading mixed choirs enjoying a reputation for its varied repertoire and particular affinity with contemporary Welsh music.'

 

‘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.’

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!'

‘A Community Choir in the Heart of Dartmoor ... The choir focusses on classical choral works, performing a classical concert around Christmas and Easter but it adopts a lighter mix of programme for its summer concert ... Additional musicians and soloists are arranged for concerts from time to time.’

 

‘One of the older established choirs in South London/Surrey ... Members' ages range from 30 to 80, we are OPEN for new members to join us in all voice-parts ... We have a membership of about 30 at present ... Although many members sight-read to some degree, several are just learning, so come and have a go and we will support and help. There are even some Summer workshops to assist in smaller groups.’

 

 

'A friendly, energetic, all-ages choir group in Twickenham for anybody in the community ... Chase Bridge School has always had a great reputation for music and supports choirs at all age groups. A small group of parents who wanted to sing considered it a bit of a shame that our children came together to enjoy music together but we didn’t have the chance. We also aspired to make music one of the ways that the school could reinforce ties with the local community - and rather than just forming a parents choir we went with the idea of a community choir to extend our appeal!.'

 

‘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.’

 

'Bringing us together, from all corners of the world, to sing glorious choral works ... As a member of Choir of the Earth, you will learn great choral pieces online with professional musicians (such as Tenebrae, Ashley Riches, Fieri Consort) and then have the optional opportunity to record your own voice part from home. We then combine all the voices together in a recording studio to create the full choir. Finally, we arrange an online concert performance where you can hear YOUR version as the complete choir performs the work. The concerts are mostly broadcast live via a shared link and always available to watch back whenever you like.'

 

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’.

 

'Citizens of the World Choir is a musical family that celebrates the artistry, heritage and humanity of people seeking sanctuary, and their allies. We advocate for understanding, dignity and kindness through the transformative impact of music and song ... We have a fresh, extensive and unique repertoire celebrating the rich ethnic and cultural diversity that finds a home in our choir: from Indian ragas, American spirituals, Arabic rap and protest songs from across the ages, to folk music in English, Xhosa, Zulu, Kurdish and Welsh.'

 

‘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.’

 

‘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.’

‘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.’

'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'

'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.'

'We are a mixed choir who enjoy getting together regularly in Colwall, for singing and socialising. We come from all over the Malvern Hills area and even further a field. We are a community choir and so help support events in the communities of Malvern and Colwall whenever we can ... We aim to work on a mixture of fun, easily-achievable music with occasional forays into more demanding works. Repertoire is geared to strengths (and tastes) of members and whatever potential engagements come our way.'

 

‘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.’

 

'Formed in October 2004 with the intention of singing oratorio for Christmas and Easter. There hasn't been a mixed choir in the valley since the days of Meredith Jones in the 60s in Talybont and The Llandudno Choral Society under the baton of Ffowc Williams, although there have been smaller choirs performing cantatas in the area ... Rehearsals alternate between Llandudno, Abergele and Llanwrst ... You can join us without the need to audition.'

 

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.‘

‘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! ...’

 

‘Why not come along and sing with us? ... All are welcome. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve sung before. If you have then come and join the local choir that sings the best music from Pop to Gospel to Classical and music from the shows.’

 

‘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.’

 

'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.'

‘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.’

 

‘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.’

‘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.’

 

‘A voluntary, non-profit-making, group of people, who like to sing. It was created in 2008 to promote and organize adult participation in world music singing workshops and public performances ... Unlike conventional choirs, DTC arranges stand-alone series of workshops, typically 6 sessions, each lasting 2 hours, followed by a performance. By offering these short courses we attract people who might not wish to commit to a full-time choir.’

 

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.’

 

‘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.’

 

‘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.‘

 

'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.’

 

'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.'

 

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‘.

 

‘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 choir for those over 18 who enjoy singing pop song and songs from musicals ... Around 60-100 men and women of all ages attend and are already developing a repertoire of songs from The Beatles to Adele. There is no audition to join, and singers do not need to read music, as sheet music is not used.’

 

‘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.‘

 

‘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.’

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