A Carol for Everyone
8th December 2018
7.30pm at St John's Church
A traditional Christmas
concert in this beautiful setting in Alresford.
Our glorious programme will blend festive pieces from around the world with familiar carols, Christmas songs and audience participation.
Tickets are available from Oakleaf Stationary in Alresford
or please click here to buy tickets online.
Our Christmas concert will sell out quickly so be sure to buy early!
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!
Although we are already well into our new season, if you are interested in joining our wonderful choir, do come along and introduce yourself to one of us, from 7pm each Monday, and we will welcome you. You may be a little late to join us in time for our Christmas Concert on December 8th, but we will still be happy to meet you and explain what we are about... ready for joining us properly in the New Year!
For those are already members of the choir please remember to check our Members' Information Pages regularly, for new updates, including music files ready for you to download.
With over 140 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 Musical 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 Musical 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, 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.
(Please check regularly for adjustments):
Saturday 17th November
9.30am - 1pm
All Choir Members
Break 11.15 - 11.30am
Monday 19th November
Full Choir 7.30pm
Monday 26th November
Full Choir 7.30pm
Monday 3rd December
Full Choir 7.30pm
All rehearsals and workshops are held in
St John's Church
The start of our new season is always the best time for new members, as we will often embark on less familiar music, but do not hesitate to come along to one of our rehearsals at any time of the year - you will always be welcomed. You can also make contact with us via this link below:
We will be delighted to meet you and will give you a very warm welcome!
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