Saturday 8th July 2017
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 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
To Mr Keith Clark, Founder & Director, All Helpers & Choristers, the citation from the Alresford Society reads:
“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.”
This saying could well be our motto as we're a very varied group of people, all bound by a real love of music. Men, women as
well as young people can join us. Everyone is warmly welcomed and, next to hard practice, to achieve high musical standards, it’s all about the spirit of fun and enjoyment.
We aim that our singing will bring pleasure to our audiences and bring us enjoyment too! We take rehearsing seriously and are rapidly gaining experience, expertise and confidence. Once our spark has set the audience alight, we will know that we've achieved our aim!
We're always happy to welcome new members to our group. Pop in and hear us on any Monday and introduce yourself to Sue Lees, our Trustee who looks after new members and 'guests'.
On the following pages you’ll find information concerning our choral activities in Alresford, our regular rehearsal times, and information about our upcoming concert dates. Drop in and join us!
We have charitable status and run to serve the needs of the Alresford Community. We are not working to make a profit nor seeking to promote any individual or small group of people above the needs and mission of the choir. All finances are open to scrutiny and are examined by an independent professional each year.
We practice in St John the Baptist Church, New Alresford, and hope to perform in many concerts there, but Alresford Community Choir is not a religious organisation. We are happy that the Church authorities enable us to hire the building for practices and concerts, as it is very much at the centre of the Alresford community.
Do not hesitate to contact us about any interest or issue that you may have. You can email us at:
We promise to get back to you soon!
Making music by yourself isn't half as much fun as singing with others. Come along to a practiceor a concert and find out by seeing and hearing us and feel what we mean! We are always happy to welcome new folk whether very experienced or complete novices.
If you are interested in booking our choir for a concert, wedding or any event, or you just want to think about possibilities, please contact us.
We will be glad to answer your enquiry. Just email us at:
or complete the form on our Contact page.
Number of visits to this site:
Our next rehearsals will be held on:
29th June 2017
Sun Hill Infants School
7:30 - 9:00 pm
July 3rd 2017
6.60 - 7.30pm
Tenors and Basses
7:30 - 9:30 pm
July 7th 2017
7:30 - 9:30 pm
July 8th 2017
12:00 - 4:00pm
Future Concert Dates
Song Cycle - vive la velorution
Saturday 8th July 2017
St John's Church
All Monday evening rehearsals are held in St John's Church, Alresford
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!