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Spirit of Summer
Saturday 7th July 2018
Alresford Community Choir celebrated its 5th Birthday last year!
With over 140 members, the Alresford Community Choir is one of the largest community choirs in England.
Alresford is a small market town, so what is the choir doing that makes it appealing to so many local people?
It seems to boil down to the community ethos and spirit of those who sing in it. According to its own members – it’s hugely welcoming, open-minded and social, and everyone has an awful lot of fun while singing wonderful music.
Founded by Musical Director Keith Clark in 2012, the inclusive, community nature of this secular choir was always an important part of his longer-term vision.
The choir is very inclusive. It doesn’t do auditions. It doesn’t need people to be able to read music, although it does run workshops for those who are keen to learn. You don’t have to have sung in a choir before, but if you’re in the mood for a spot of personal improvement, you can take part in vocal coaching sessions.
However, don’t be fooled. Standards are high, and getting better every year as the choir grows in numbers, energy and passion, rising to the various challenges set by its Musical Director.
A great deal of pleasure, for both choir members and our audience, comes from its joyful breadth of repertoire. From secular to sacred and all the way back again, you never quite know what to expect next. From old American spirituals, past familiar West End show tunes, via ancient Russian hymns and fast-paced modern cantatas written just for community choirs, right the way to its stunning performance of Handel's Messiah in 2017.
Keeping its audience thoroughly entertained, it hosts regular sell-out performances at Alresford’s St John’s Church as well as venues such as Winchester Cathedral, the Watercress Festival, Arundel Cathedral, St. Swithun’s School and the Alresford Music Festival.
New members are always very welcome. If you would like to come and have go, let us know when to expect you.
For our three successful years from inception
...and for 2014-2015
THE ALRESFORD SOCIETY MILLENNIUM SALVER AWARD
Awarded in October 2014 to the Alresford Community Choir
The citation from the Alresford Society reads:
To Mr Keith Clark, Founder & Director, All Helpers & Choristers,
“This award celebrates the size of the choir, and that it has captured huge interest from both singers and audiences in such a short period of time, helping to make the Alresford area such a special place to live.”
Our next rehearsals:
25th June 2018
7pm Sops and Altos
7:30 - 9:30pm
2nd July 2018
7pm Tenors and Basses
7:30 - 9:30pm
All Monday evening rehearsals are held in
St John's Church
Alresford Community Choir
7 Spring Way
Tel: 01962 734858
We have now enjoyed many concerts, since our first practice session in January 2012. We have been incredibly busy and have maintained a very healthy membership of more than 120 singers.
At the beginning of each term is the best time to join the choir...but do not hesitate to come along at any time and let us know that you are interested. Or you can contact us via this link below:
and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
We will be delighted to meet you and will give you a very warm welcome!
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