Like many cultural organisations, Alresford Community Choir has halted 'live' singing opportunities during this second lockdown. Since the beginning of September, and especially during October, we had planned and provided live singing experiences, for 50 members of a total membership who wished to take part. If you want to find out more about our procedures for singing together at this time, go to our 'Safe Singing Rules'. They show the Rules we have used for practices during this pandemic and they will also be used to support us, if we are able to re-start singing together in December and in 2021.
The generally accepted description of a Community Choir is:
A vocal ensemble that sings a wide-ranging repertoire, secular and sacred, styles and of genres of all times including light and pop music, classical and jazz, with folk songs and spirituals... typically arranged for the tastes and abilities of the singers. This type of choir will not audition but welcome all comers, will be totally inclusive, and will encourage an enthusiasm for singing in all members. The choir itself is the community!
With over 120 members, the Alresford Community Choir is one of the largest community choirs in England.
Alresford is a small market town, so what is the choir doing that makes it appealing to so many local people?
It seems to boil down to the community ethos and spirit of those who sing in it. According to its own members – it’s hugely welcoming, open-minded and social, and everyone has an awful lot of fun while singing wonderful music.
Founded by our Director Keith Clark in 2012, the inclusive, community nature of this secular choir was always an important part of his longer-term vision.
The choir is very inclusive. It doesn’t do auditions. It doesn’t need people to be able to read music, although it does run workshops for those who are keen to learn. You don’t have to have sung in a choir before, but if you’re in the mood for a spot of personal improvement, you can take part in vocal coaching sessions.
However, don’t be fooled. Standards are high, and getting better every year as the choir grows in numbers, energy and passion, rising to the various challenges set by its Director.
A great deal of pleasure, for both choir members and our audience, comes from its joyful breadth of repertoire. From secular to sacred and all the way back again, you never quite know what to expect next. From old American spirituals, past familiar West End show tunes, via ancient Russian hymns and fast-paced modern cantatas written just for community choirs, right the way to its stunning performance of Handel's Messiah in 2017.
Keeping its audience thoroughly entertained, it hosts regular sell-out performances at Alresford’s St John’s Church as well as venues such as Winchester Cathedral, the Watercress Festival, Arundel Cathedral, St. Swithun’s School and the Alresford Music Festival.
New members are always very welcome. If you would like to come and have go, just let us know when to expect you.
There are no auditions to join Alresford Community Choir and our membership spans a huge range of musical experience and interests. However, don't be fooled, standards are high! Listen to us during our spectacular Messiah performance.
The choir started the new term on September 14th
All live rehearsals and workshops are cancelled until further notice but we do all we can to keep activities going in some form and to prepare for live singing events when and where we can!
Although we are not meeting for our usual practices, workshops and concerts at the moment, if you want to know more about how to join, and for up-to-date detailed information, including about our membership subscriptions, please go to Join Us!
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