This year's “A Carol For Everyone” offers our usual mix of items new, fairly familiar, as well as firm favourites. This year, we are delighted to include some ‘solos from within’, with a seasonal flugelhorn solo played by Ted Winfield, one of our tenors, and a contribution from Kate Jones, our wonderful accompanist! The inclusion of five movements from Rutter’s Magnificat is another gentle departure from our usual programming but, as always, the main elements are the items that we all sing together.
Tickets are selling fast for our annual Christmas concert, so please don't delay and buy your tickets now to avoid dissapointment.
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On Sunday April 2nd 2017, Alresford Community Choir performed George Frideric Handel’s Messiah to a sell out audience. Their performance matched that of the professional soloists and orchestra in all respects. This was a fresh and vital performance of which every member of the choir, and its director, should all be proud. The audience of 400 showed its appreciation with a well-deserved five-minute standing ovation.
The great success of this concert raised over £3,000, which with matched funding became nearly £12,000, for the Murray Parish Trust #2MillionSteps Appeal.
For a full concert review please go to our concert review page.
Alresford Community Choir Celebrating our 5th Birthday this year
With over 140 members signed up, the Alresford Community Choir is one of the largest community choirs in England. Bit of a shock really, given the size of Alresford.
So what on earth is the choir doing that makes it so 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.
And it really is inclusive – but with its sights set high from a musical perspective.
The choir doesn’t do auditions. It doesn’t need people to be able to read music – though 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.
So 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 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.
Through 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 round to (planned for 2017) Handel’s Messiah.
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, very welcome. Just browse this website to find out more, and to let us know to expect you at one of our Monday evening rehearsals at 7.30pm. They’re held at St John’s church in Alresford, but like we said, we’re secular.
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.”
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Our next rehearsals will be held on:
8th December 2017
7:00 - 9:00 pm
9th December 2017
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Arrive 7:10 pm JP Hall
11th December 2017
7:30 - 9:30 pm
End of Term Social
18th December 2017
Carol Singing in Alresford
8:00 - 9:30pm
8th January 2018
7:30 - 9:30pm
Future Concert Dates
A Carol for Everyone
Saturday 9th December 2017
St John's Church
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.
However, it is never too late to join and just let us know if you would like to come along.
Email us at:
and we will give you more details. We will be delighted to meet you and will give you a very warm welcome!