Our 50th anniversary Gala Concert is on 22nd June

'Come along and join the feelgood choir'

We welcome keen singers of all ages and voice parts – no auditions are required, although enthusiasm and commitment are expected!

Our summer concert on 22nd June is our 50th Gala Concert – see webpage. Our ‘founding’ Music Director, Ralph Allwood, will join us together with Bob Barsby and Jonathan Brown. The concert will include several uplifting, well-loved choruses together with more reflective music new for the choir.

Our webpage Gala Concert will provide more information.

we are still open for past members or experienced singers to join us in the Summer term for our 50th Gala Concert, provided you can attend a few rehearsals (note we have 5 left before the day of the concert). You can download our  membership form or contact us for more details. 

We meet during school time for three terms from September through to June. Rehearsals are held from 7.45pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday evenings at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel, Pangbourne College.

Choice of membership

We offer members three choices for length of membership per year:

  1. a complete season of three terms from September through to June
  2. the first two terms (Autumn and Spring) which include the Christmas Concert on behalf of charities in November or December and our major Spring concert in February or March
  3. one term only (Summer) for those who prefer a lighter programme.

New members have the opportunity to attend two rehearsals before committing.

Solo opportunities

In addition to singing within the choir from time to time we offer opportunities for members to sing solo parts or in semi-choruses. For example, during our regular Christmas Carol Concert or in performances like Dido and Aeneas in 2015.

Performance location

Although most performances are at the The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel sometimes we perform elsewhere including Douai Abbey and Reading Concert Hall.

The music scores we use are purchased by members or hired. After concerts, after using hired scores, we have an evening rubbing out scores and chatting (with suitable refreshments).

Although we sing from scores, there is no requirement to be able to read music fluently. However, you will find that you will ‘learn by doing’.

Our membership

Half our members have been with us for more than ten years, but 30% joined in the last five years. Some take a break to do other things but quite often they return.

Our members come from across West Berkshire and Southern Oxfordshire including Woodcote, Earley, Thatcham, Chieveley, Cholsey and Caversham.

If you are interested please contact our membership secretary Jacky White or complete the form at the bottom right of this page. Completion of this form will add your name to our database so that you can receive regular emails and implies acceptance that we can hold your data under the terms of our privacy policy 

Alternatively you could pop along to any rehearsal (suggest you arrive at 7.30pm to sort out a little paperwork and arrange some introductions). It would be helpful if you could contact us beforehand.