Arts organisations, clubs and associations

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Newbury & District
Arts Association

Choirs and Choral Societies

Choirs and Choral Societies in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

7-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

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

Basingstoke Choral Society

Basingstoke Choral Society, under its present organisation, came into being in May 1948, having taken over the activities of the Basingstoke Musical Society, dissolved earlier that year. Interestingly, we have obtained a copy of a programme for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, dated April 27th. 1899. Not only does this show that Basingstoke Choral Society is older than we had recently thought, but it also states that this was the ‘Tenth Season’, making its birth 1889. It was also, evidently, a large choir, naming 64 ladies and 35 gentlemen in the programme.

Our aim is to bring audiences the highest quality musical events, performing with some of the country’s leading professionals. In the past the choir has performed with the London Mozart Players, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has sung with soloists including Bonaventura Bottone and Ekaterina Gubanova. The choir continues to have a wide repertoire, selecting traditional choral works by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Elgar interspersed with more modern pieces by composers such as Bernstein and Karl Jenkins.

Contact:
Jackie Ward La Pointe
Membership Secretary

The Vyne Community School
Vyne Road
Basingstoke
RG21 5PB

geoward@aol.com
www.basingstoke-choral.org.uk

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
RG14 2HP

01635 820379
ian.haslam@ntlworld.com
www.cantemus-newbury.org.uk

Cecilia Consort

The Cecilia Consort was formed by Janet Coxwell in 1990 from among the members of an ad hoc choir that was put together to sing the Mozart Requiem in the Newbury and District Arts Festival in the Summer of 1989.

Meeting for only limited rehearsals preceding each of our two or three concerts each year, we sing a repertoire of secular and sacred music from across a broad historical spectrum.

Although we are a chamber choir, we perform both chamber works – often a capella or with organ accompaniment alone – and larger works accompanied by an orchestra.

We continually learn new works and almost every concert contains music we have not performed before, be it a collection of anthems or an entire mass.

Contact:
Lucy Makin
Chairman

07775 743445
ceciliatickets@gmail.com
www.ceciliaconsort.org.uk

Cromwell 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:
Sarah Cope
Musical Director

Speen Village Hall
Speen Lane
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 1RJ

01635 32504
cromwell.singers@googlemail.com
cromwells.newbury.net

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

01635 865224

Incantata

We are open to female singers and based at St Mary's Church Hall, Greenham in Newbury, West Berkshire.Formed in 2009 and led by our musical director, Nic Cope, we sing a varied repertoire which includes both classical and contemporary music. We sing both for fun and performance and also for the benefit of the wider community.

We enjoy performing at local events (enquiries to the Administrator) and raising money for local charities.

InCantata is a member of Making Music, the UK's leading organisation for voluntary music and is supported by the Greenham Common Trust.

One of our members can tell you what she loves about being part of InCantata....

"I joined InCantata having not sung with a choir for many years. I received a warm welcome from the group and thoroughly enjoyed the open morning where I was able to let rip on a few popular songs as well as drink coffee and eat buns!! I instantly loved it! Since I joined we've sung anything from Beatles to Britten. If you love singing, I would recommend InCantata to you-do join us."

Open mornings held during the first month of each term but you are welcome to come and try us at any time. Please see our website for further details or contact our choir administrator.

Contact:
Sandra Larkins
Administrator

St Mary's Church Hall
New Road
Greenham
Berkshire
RG19 8RZ

sandra.larkins@btinternet.com
www.incantata.co.uk

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:
Christine Starkey
Secretary

01635 49386
secretary@newburychamberchoir.co.uk
www.newburychamberchoir.co.uk

Newbury 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

Pangbourne 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 Colleg
Pangbourne
Berkshire
RG8 8LA

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

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
Group leader

Speen Village Hall
Speen Lane
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 1RJ

singingtheworld@gmail.com
www.letssingtheworld.org.uk

The Sandham 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

Three Rivers Community Choir

Three Rivers is a true 'Community Choir' - involving any member of the local community who wishes to share our joy of singing.

The choir is a not-for-profit organisation and therefore all money paid by members is used to pay for ongoing choir expenses.
We want males and females of all ages (from 14 - 114!) - with or without previous singing experience.

You don't have to read music to be part of the choir and you won't need to audition, but you WILL need a lot of enthusiasm and a passion for singing! There is a small fee payable termly in advance, which pays for sheet music, an accompanist and for our superb Music Director, Ann Wright.

Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings during term time from 7:30pm to 9:15pm at:- Winchcombe School, Maple Crescent, Newbury RG14 1LN

For more information, visit our website.

Contact:
Angie Creed

Winchcombe School
Maple Crescent
Newbury
RG14 1LN

angie@creed-consulting.com
www.threeriverscommunitychoir.org.uk

is supported by:
West Berkshire District Council