Our Christmas Concert : Carols for All will be presented on Sayurday December 11th at 7.30pm. To enable greater 'social distance' between groups, pairs and individuals in the audience, the event will be a reduced version of our usual gala evening. We will have the usual audience and choir singing, but there will be fewer items from just the choir, no interval, and no refreshments on offer. This will give us plenty of space between the choir and the audience!
Tickets have been available for a few weeks, at no charge, but there are now very few available... do let us know if you wish to reserve a ticket or perhaps ask to be added to the waiting list.
If you are interested in joining us, please use the contact below and let us know about you... There are no auditions and we will welcome you warmly!
Once you have joined, we will give you full details of our programme but, please note, we are now back to meeting in LIVE practices enjoying that wonderful feeling of making vocal music together!
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!
The Alresford Community Choir has become one of the largest community choirs in England.
Alresford is a small market town, so what is the choir doing that makes it so 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 choir has always been 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, every now and again, 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 that are also on offer.
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.
Our Next Concert:
"Carols for All"
is being held on
St John's Church
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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