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Choral

Choirs and choral societies currently operating in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Cantemus Choir

Cantemus is a chamber choir of up to 24 singers. It performs music from the 16th Century to 20th Century to a high standard. Each concert is based on six rehearsals so singers are expected to learn their music prior to the first rehearsal. Entry to the choir is by audition, and a one concert probation period. The choir would like to hear from serious experienced choral singers.

Contact:
Mr Ian Haslam
Secretary
25 Cromwell Road
Shaw
Newbury
Berkshire

Telephone: 01635 298421  Evening: 01635 820379
ian.haslam@ntlworld.com

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Cecilia Consort

The Cecilia Consort was formed by Janet Coxwell in 1990 and meets for only limited rehearsals preceding each of our 2 or 3 concerts each year.

We sing secular and sacred music from across a broad historical spectrum. Although a chamber choir, we perform both chamber works – often unaccompanied or with organ – and larger works accompanied by orchestra. We continually learn new works and so singers need to be good readers of music.

Contact:
Chair: Lucy Makin
The Grange
Woolton Hill
Newbury
RG20 9TX

Tel: 01635 250832
E-mail: makin_lucy@hotmail.com

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Cromwell SingersCromwell Singers Choral Society

We welcome new members in any voice part, but especially tenors and basses. There are no formal auditions (we suggest trying us out for a couple of weeks to seek mutual compatibility). Rehearsals are held in Speen Village Hall, Speen Lane, Newbury on Tuesday evenings between 7:45 pm and 9:45 pm.

Contact:
Telephone: (evening) 01635 32504
robert.willis@newbury.net
http://cromwells.newbury.net

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Enborne Consort

Small group singing unaccompanied music, both sacred and secular, from the Renaissance to the 20th century. We meet fortnightly, mainly for our own pleasure, but also give occasional concerts and sing for special services in Enborne Church.

Founded by Peter Davies who directed the group for many years, and led now by Roger Bates.

Contact:
Roger Bates
2 Heardman Close
Thatcham
Berkshire
RG19 4FB

Telephone: 01635 865224

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Newbury Chamber Choir

We are a chamber choir of 30 to 40 voices who particularly enjoy performing Baroque music but cover a wide variety of other styles.  Although we take our singing seriously we have a lot of fun doing it and are a happy friendly choir.  Our view is that commitment and enthusiasm are just as important as expertise and as a result require no auditions just a mutual trial period.

Rehearsals take place each Tuesday at St Nicolas Junior School, Link Road, Newbury RG14 7LU at 7:30pm during term time.

We mount our main concerts in Newbury, with orchestra at least twice yearly and also smaller scale events in the outlying villages.

Contact:
Clare Owen
12 Salcombe Road
Newbury
Berks
RG14 6ED

Telephone: 01635 36175
secretary@newburychamberchoir.co.uk
www.newburychamberchoir.co.uk

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Newbury Choral SocietyNewbury Choral Society

We are a friendly choir with over 100 members of all ages, from the young to the not so young. We perform a wide and varied repertoire, from familiar choral works by composers such as Bach and Mozart, to less frequently performed pieces by more recent composers such as Tippett, Tavener and Rachmaninov.

As an unauditioned and inclusive choir, we expect members to be able to read music (but not necessarily to sight read) and, of course, to be able to sing in tune. Don't worry if you are returning to singing after a long break. In a large choir like ours you have time to fit in and learn, because there will be plenty of people around you singing the right notes!

Rehearsals are every Monday evening during term time, from 7:20pm to 9:30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Newbury.

Why not come along and see what you think? You will be made very welcome.

Contact:
Nat Smith (Secretary)
secretary@newburychoral.org.uk
www.newburychoral.org.uk

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Octet

Octet, a group of young singers from Newbury, were formed in 1993 under the directorship of Matthew Smallwood. The group typically comprises 8 voices singing unaccompanied. They have a large repetoire of both sacred and secular music and have performed at the Leicester Early Music Festival and toured the Dordogne region of France.

Contact:
Janette Green
Secretary

Telephone: 01635 42239
octetchoir@aol.com

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Pangbourne Choral SocietyPangbourne Choral Society

Pangbourne Choral Society was formed in 1973. Its 100 members meet once a week on Tuesday evenings in term time at Pangbourne College, Pangbourne, near Reading. The Society holds two or three concerts per year with guest soloists & usually accompanied by the Philomel Orchestra.

The Society welcomes keen singers, young and old, and the more easily embarrassed amongst you will be glad to hear that newcomers are not submitted to an audition. Its repertoire is mainly focused on the larger choral works, recent examples being Verdi's Requiem, Bach's St John Passion and the Brahms German Requiem, though the summer concert normally consists of a more mixed programme like the recent evening of Italian Opera arias & choruses.

If you are interested in joining the Society just go along to the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel on one of their Tuesday evening rehearsals (7:45pm) without obligation.

Concerts are held in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel, Pangbourne College, nr Reading, Berkshire

Contact:
Ken Whitehead
Chairman
c/o Music Department
Pangbourne College
Pangbourne
Berkshire
RG8 8LA

Telephone: 0118 984 1337
pchoralsoc@googlemail.com
www.pangbournechoral.org.uk

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Sandham SingersSandham Singers

Performing a wide range of musical styles from renaissance motets to well-loved favourites, sacred music, spirituals, folk songs, and contemporary works, the Sandham Singers bring you some of the most beautiful and diverse choral music ever written.

We rehearse weekly in Newbury, and prepare for regular concerts as well as occasionally singing the weekend services in cathedrals. We also sing at weddings, and our musical director can help you select the music for the special event. Some of our members have had little chamber choral experience when they joined, but have grown into good singers who really enjoy rehearsing and performing regularly with this friendly group.

We are particularly keen to encourage those who want to develop their musical abilities, to make the most of this enjoyable learning opportunity for amateur singers. Newcomers no doubt would sense the welcome and friendliness of this group of singers.

Contact:
Jane, 07759 453894
www.sandhamsingers.org.uk

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Sing The World

We sing a capella harmony songs from a wealth of musical cultures from around the world, including gospel, jazz, rock, folk, African and Eastern European. All songs are taught by ear, no auditions required. Fortnightly Monday evening sessions led by Natural Voice Practitioners Becca Flintham and Tessa Hall at Speen Parish Hall, Speen Lane, Newbury. Bi-monthly Saturday singing workshops led by guest singing teachers, at a variety of local venues.

Contact:
Becca Flintham

Telephone: 01635 42963
www.letssingtheworld.org.uk
singingtheworld@gmail.com

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7-in-a-bar7-in-a-bar

The guys of 7-in-a-bar first got together in 2001. A number of alternatives of the name have been used over the years – 7iab – “Seven in a bar” – Seveniab etc. but we have now settled on “7-in-a-bar”.

All members of the group have a background in Barbershop style singing, in chorus and quartet (some were choristers before that) and one is a founder member of The British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS). We all love acappella singing and have developed a varied and, we like to think, entertaining repertoire which has wide audience appeal – but sorry, a bit light on Punk and Heavy Metal.

Contact:
Philip Wilson
"Swithland"
Station Road
Kintbury
RG17 9UP

Telephone: 01488 657314
www.7-in-a-bar.co.uk
wilsonofkintbury@aol.com

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