Alresford Community Choir
Alresford Community Choir

We have an exciting year ahead!

With some exciting events in the pipeline including appearances at The Grange, what better way to start a new year than to start a rewarding, social new interest that promotes wellbeing?  
If you are interested in joining our wonderful choir, do come along and introduce yourself to one of us at one of our Monday rehearsals at St John's, Alresford.  New members should arrive at around 7pm, when will be happy to meet you and explain what we are about, ready for our exciting performances of 2019.  Please let us know that you are coming, so that we can look out for you.


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.


A Carol for Everyone

Saturday 8th December 2018


“A Carol for Everyone” – the Alresford Community Choir’s concert on December 8th – was certainly that – all tickets were sold and the church was full!

The concert began with an excellent, unaccompanied and ambitious rendering of “Bogoroditsye Dyevo” (Ave Maria”) sung in Church Slavonic.  

This was followed by a medley of some popular and some lesser known carols, wholeheartedly accompanied by the congregation.  Perhaps the most poignant of the carols was the first verse of “Silent Night”, sung in German as a solo, off stage, bringing to mind the ending of the First World War one hundred years ago.  A cracking arrangement of “Jingle Bells” was enough to shut out any chance of a Bah Humbug Scrooge this Christmas!

A triumphant finale was achieved with “O Come All Ye Faithful” followed by the choir and a soloist with “O Holy Night”.

Congratulations and thanks to the conductor, the pianist, the soloists and the whole choir for a most enjoyable and appreciated performance.

By Gillie Baerselman

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 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. 

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.

Stop Press!

A lovely Christmas letter from James Murray and Sarah Parish is copied onto our Members' Information Page...




Spring and Summer



Monday 21st January

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 28th January

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 4th February

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday11th February

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 18th February

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 25th February

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 4th March

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday11th March

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 18th March

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 25th March

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 1st April

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 8th April

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 15th April

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 29th April

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 6th May

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 13th May

Full Choir 7.30pm




Sunday 19th May 

Watercress Festival



Monday 20th May

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 3rd June

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 10th June

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 17th June

Full Choir 7.30pm




Saturday 22nd June

St Michael's, Andover



Monday 24th June

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 1st July

Full Choir 7.30pm



Monday 8th July

Full Choir 7.30pm





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:


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




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