'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!
Due to the current situation with Covid-19 we do not yet have a date to start rehearsing for our 2020/21 season – which normally begins in early September.
It is unlikely that we shall be able to meet indoors this calendar year and therefore be ready to hold our usual large concert in March 2021, even if conditions permit by then.
We may be able to perform a lighter programme in the summer 2021 term. We could start online rehearsals for this programme in January 2021, with a view to rehearsing together outdoors later in the year when weather and light allow.
Please see Information for Members for details of our current subscription policy (which also applies to new members) and updates on our plans.
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.
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 League of Friends Carol Concert usually in December and our major Spring concert usually in February
- one term only (Summer) for those who prefer a lighter programme.
New members are given the opportunity to attend two or three 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.
Although most performances are at the Falklands Chapel from time to time we perform elsewhere including Douai Abbey and Reading Concert Hall, where we have performed Verdi’s Requiem and Mahler’s 2nd symphony.
The music scores we use are either purchased by members or hired. After each concert we have a fun social evening rubbing out scores, discussing our performance and enjoying a chance to catch up (with suitable refreshments).
Although we sing from scores there is no requirement to be able to read music fluently, although you will find that you will ‘learn by doing’.
Whilst half our members have been with us for more than ten years about 30% joined in the last five years. Some take a break to do other things but quite often they return when time allows.
Our members come from across West Berkshire and Southern Oxfordshire including Woodcote, Earley, Thatcham, Chievely, Cholsey and Caversham.
When we meet again you could pop along to any rehearsal (suggest you arrive at 7.30pm to sort out a little paperwork and arrange some introductions).
When available you can also download our latest application form.