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Join the Choir

Come along and join the ‘feelgood choir’

After our summer break, Pangbourne Choral Society starts rehearsing on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 for our 2019/2020 season, and we welcome new members in all four voice parts. In March 2020 we shall be performing the beautiful Brahms Requiem, in its original German, accompanied by Southern Sinfonia orchestra and professional soloists.

The Society is a non-auditioned choir of over 100 singers, who come together to challenge themselves to learn something new and to have fun while doing it. Described in an article in the Newbury Weekly News as ‘the feelgood choir’, we aim high to create a sense of achievement through performance. (See the reviews below.) Key to this is the conductor, and in musical director Ellie Calver we have an inspirational leader. Ellie also creates musical arrangements for the summer concerts to spread the fun between the voice parts.

If you enjoy singing, come along and give us a try! Our first rehearsal for the summer concert is always a chance for new faces to join us, and you will find a warm welcome. There is no requirement at the outset to be able to read music fluently, although you will find that you will ‘learn by doing’. If you happen to be a soprano or a tenor then we will reserve you a special welcome!

Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 7:45pm at The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel in Pangbourne College. New members should arrive by 7:30pm to sort out a little paperwork and to arrange some introductions.

Reviews from our performance of Poulenc and Puccini in March 2019

“It was clear that the choir enjoyed performing this youthful piece and were very responsive to their conductor. There was no holding back! The quiet Kyrie that opens the work was followed by a boisterous Gloria in which the choir lost no time in demonstrating how powerful one hundred voices can sound when called upon to do so, while also maintaining their musical integrity.” (Henley Standard)

“Pangbourne Choral Society is a shining example of the pride that England takes in amateur choral singing. It advertises for new members to join them ‘to share in the joy of singing... no audition is necessary’. As a consequence, the choir boasted nearly 100 singers at the concert on Saturday. Wonderful!
“…The choir was able to show off its skills in this work with good sustained build-ups in the extended phrases. All eyes were on the conductor and the audience could hear the sheer joy of singing.
“…This was a really brave and challenging evening and the applause at the end was well deserved. English amateur choral singing is alive and well.” (Newbury Weekly News)

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