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The Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) was founded in 1986. It is a registered charity which provides a unique forum for the conductors of choral music in the United Kingdom. Its purpose is to promote, improve and maintain the education, training and development of choral directors.

The Baptist Music Network was begun in 1960 as the Baptist Music Society. Since that time, they have provided high quality training to churches, covering a wide variety of fields.

Encouraging creativity in worship through music and the arts, Cantus Firmus are a Christian organization helping churches develop the potential of music and other creative arts in worship.

Over forty organisations and denominations involved in church music have come together to form the Churches Initiative In Musical Education (CHIME), an ecumenical initiative supporting the needs of music in the church, and those engaged in it.

Christian Music Ministries music and worship resources for church and school.

Colchester Institute Centre for Music and Performing Arts and Festival of Music diary.

Now in its fifth year, HHMV - Hearts & Hands & Minds & Voices has established itself as one of Europe's leading music and worship schools. It has developed a reputation for the unique blend of theological and musical teaching to the highest level, together with worship and ministry.

The The Hymn Society of Great Britain & Ireland was founded in 1936 for the purpose of encouraging study and research in the field of hymnody, promoting good standards of hymn-singing, encouraging the discerning use of hymns in worship and sponsoring relevant publications.

ChoralNet operates mailing lists and a newsgroup for choral musicians to exchange ideas, make professional connections, and learn about choral music. ChoralNet also has nine forums (bulletin boards), some with email options, which provide a place to post job notices, auditions, and other announcements, and for interaction among specialized choral communities such as those in Europe, Latin America, and students.

The Keynote Trust aims to offer practical help and support to musicians, congregations and clergy in the area of Christian worship and music.

Making Music, The National Federation of Music Societies represent and support amateur and semi-professional music groups, including choirs, orchestras and music promoters, throughout the United Kingdom. They provide a comprehensive range of artistic and administrative services, development and training opportunities. Making Music also lobbies on behalf of their members to national and local government and other agencies.

The Choir of The Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool was founded in 1960 and is one of the youngest cathedral choirs, but it has already established a considerable reputation at home and abroad, by radio and television broadcasts, recordings, concerts and tours.

Music for Youth is an educational charity with a worldwide reputation for its work in music education. It provides free access to educational and performance opportunities for all kinds of groups of young musicians through a nationwide series of festivals and concerts.

National Association of Choirs (NAC) formed by British choirs to provide support and services for its members - the choirs. It is operated by a team of voluntary Officers - able choir people - elected annually by members.

The Hurst Singers was formed in 1975 and is a mixed-voice four-part choir. Our aim is to have fun singing whilst enjoying the challenge of making good harmonies together.  We embrace a varied repertoire of part songs from pop to folk, religious to jazz. We are based in the village of Mortimer, near Reading, and we meet in the charming St. John's Hall on Thursday evenings.
New members with any kind of singing experience are welcome. You don’t have to be able to read music, but it may help. No audition is needed, just plenty of enthusiasm, commitment and a passion for singing.
We aim for a couple of concerts per year, plus attending some special events, e.g. at Christmas.
New members welcome. For enquiries about the Hurst Singers, please contact Mari Fleming on 01189 332805; Details and events:   Email general enquiries:

The National Network of Pastoral Musicians is an organisation consisting of people around the UK who are committed in some way to church music. It is totally ecumenical and open to all.

The Royal Academy of Music, training musicians of the highest quality.

The Royal College of Organists. The world's leading institution and professional body for the promotion of organ and choral performance and related studies.

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) is an educational charity dedicated to raising standards and promoting music in every style of Christian worship and every denomination.

Sarum College Centre for Liturgical Organ Studies.

Sing for Pleasure was founded in 1964, as the English branch of the international 'A Coeur Joie' movement, and aims to encourage the enjoyment of choral singing, especially among young people, with that enjoyment leading to higher standards of performance.

Watership Cantabile
Watership Cantabile singing group - a choir of excellence through sheer enjoyment.
Founded in Newbury in 1984, Watership Cantabile are based nearby in Thatcham.
We sing a wide range of music a cappella, from classical to popular arrangements, with a scattering of Britten, Poulenc, Billy Joel, pieces from round the world and many truly inspirational works. We do serious singing and have a lot of fun singing it.
We are a non-auditioned choir. A passion for singing is all that is required. We welcome all singers regardless of experience. We’re very friendly, and would love to have you join us!
We rehearse on Thursday evening each week, at St Mary’s Church, Thatcham. Singers come to join us from all directions - Hungerford, Newbury, Kingsclere, Basingstoke, Mortimer and, of course, Thatcham.
Watership Cantabile were happy to appoint Bethan Williams as Musical Director in September of 2021. Bethan’s high energy rehearsals and exciting programmes have injected new life into the choir. Audience feedback tells us we’ve never sung so well.
Contact: Chris Druce, Chairman, 01635 820718,

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