'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 Main concert in March is based around Charles Villiers Stanford – in celebration of his life as he died in 1924. We will perform works by composers who influenced Stanford plus those he taught or in other respects influenced. See Next Performances for details.
Our webpage Material for Works gives more updates.
Our summer concert on 22nd June is our 50th Gala Concert – details to be available soon!
You are very welcome to come along for a couple of sessions to determine whether PCS suits you. It would be helpful to let us know beforehand.
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:
- a complete season of three terms from September through to June
- 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
- one term only (Summer) for those who prefer a lighter programme.
New members have the opportunity to attend two rehearsals before committing.
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.
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’.
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.
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.