Alresford Community Choir
Alresford Community Choir

Our New Programme for 2020

This term, we had been making great progress in our  work towards our next Concert to include:

 

Carmina Burana             Carl Orff

Ave                                 Guy Turner

Liebeslieder Waltzes      Johannes Brahms

 

Sadly, Covid-19 has interrupted things!

 

We are now developing a NEW PROGRAMME of activities to take us through this very difficult time and they will include:

 

  • Regular Zoom Meetings in which we can come together and here what is available for us
  • Live Webinars in which those who wish can join with others in some shared learning on-line
  • Home learning with video and audio recordings on this website that can keep us leasrning, singing, and thinking!
  • A series of challenges to keep us 'singing together' even if this is via individual recordings
  • Plans to put together a repertoire for an on-line performance, perhaps in the mid- Autumn, or perhaps later as a Christmas offering for everyone

There may be opportunities for some 'ad hoc' singing, outdoors, of course, and we have already managed a splendid sing for one of our Alresford citizens on her 100th Birthday...

 

 

Do keep an eye on this website and see what else is happening...

 

So, please

 

WATCH THIS SPACE for updates.

 

What is a Community Choir?

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!

 

Who are we?

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.  

Sample Our Performance...

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.

 Concerts 2020

 

 

Summer Term

 

No further practices or concerts this term!

 

Autumn Term

NWatch out to see what is on offer! 

 

 

 

 

All rehearsals and workshops are cancelled until further notice

Join Us!

Although we are not meeting for our usual practices, workshops and concerts, if you wish to join in what we are doing, let us know at:

 

alresfordchoir@hotmail.com

 

We will be delighted to meet you in the future and will give you a very warm welcome to out virtual activities!

 

 

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