Alresford Community Choir
Alresford Community Choir

Our next concert will be 'Summer Songs'

at St Michael and All Angels' Church, West Andover. 
Saturday 22nd June. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30 start.

Our inspiring 2019 Concert Season includes some beautiful music from our wide repertoire, including some lively popular classics, moving spirituals, rousing choral pieces and a selection of familiar and lesser known folk melodies.

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Don't miss our 2019 Concert Season!

With some exciting events in our plans, including a concert for St Michael's, in Andover, A Gala Summer Evening in St John's, Alresford, and a wonderful Autumn Charity Concert in The Grange Opera House, we have a wonderful year ahead.

 

If you would like to join us in our endeavours, in a higly rewarding and very social local musical interest - that promotes wellbeing - why not come along and join this amazing choir?  

 

If you would like to see and hear what we are about, just pop along on a Monday evening and introduce yourself to one of us at one of our rehearsals at St John's, Alresford.  If you arrive at about 7.15pm, when will be happy to meet you and tell you more about the choir, and then you can join in!  If you can let us know that you are coming, we will look out for you.

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 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 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, 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.

Rehearsals and Concerts 2019

 

 

Summer and Autumn

2019

 

 

 

Monday 10th June

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 17th June

Soprano Sectional 7pm

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

CONCERT

Saturday 22nd
Rehearsal 4pm - 6pm

June 7.30pm

at

St Michael and All Angels', West Andover

 

 

Monday 24th June

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 1st July

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 8th July

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

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Monday 2nd September

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 9th September

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 16th September

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 23rd September

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

CONCERT

Saturday 28th September

 7.30pm

Beaulieu Abbey Church

Beaulieu

 

 

Monday 30th September

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

GALA FESTIVAL CONCERT

AT THE GRANGE

In partnership with

Alresford Arts Festival  

Saturday 5th October 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 7th October

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 14th October

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 28th October

Full Choir 7.30pm

(TBC - Half Term!)

 

 

Monday 4th November

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 11th November

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 18th November

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 25th November

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 2nd December

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

CONCERT

CAROLS and CRUMPETS

Friday 6th December

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 9th December

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

CONCERT

A CAROL FOR EVERYONE

Saturday 14th December

7.30pm

St John the Baptist Church

New Alresford

 

 

 

 

 

All rehearsals and workshops are held in 

St John's Church 

New Alresford

Join Us!

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:

 

join@alresfordchoir.com

 

We will be delighted to meet you and will give you a very warm welcome!

 

 

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