Goring Chamber Choir

COVID–19 Cancellations

Observing the restrictions due to the COVID–19 coronavirus pandemic, the choir has postponed all activities for the time being.

The choir does not expect to meet for rehearsals until at least June, subject to official guidance and the progress of the outbreak.

Future Events (Provisional)

14th – 16th AugustWeekend services at Norwich Cathedral
14th November‘Becket’, with Goring Gap Players: taking a look at Thomas Becket's childhood, career and reputation

2021

19th – 22nd AugustWeekend services at Worcester Cathedral

About the Choir

Based in Goring-on-Thames, our choir draws members from around South Oxfordshire and Berkshire. We sing all year round, giving concerts in Spring, Autumn and at Christmas. Our repertoire ranges from the Classical through traditional to contemporary music. While our concerts always have familiar and popular pieces, we enjoy exploring new or lesser-known works — it keeps our programme fresh.

With such a strong showing over so wide a range of musical styles, there will be much to look forward to in Goring Chamber Choir's future concerts Henley Standard

More about the choir

Top Notes

Duruflé against the storm

Warm thanks to all of you who braved the elements to enjoy our concert at Douai Abbey on Saturday, 15th February. We hope you found the experience as enjoyable as we did. The abbey is a truly inspiring setting for a recital of sacred works, not to mention the wonderful acoustics.

Thanks, also, to the Abbot and monks of Douai Abbey for their hospitality in welcoming the choir and audience to this holy place.

Excerpt

Hear the choir singing In my Father's house, from our concert programme at Douai Abbey.

Concert review

'Very moving', 'enriching', 'stunning', 'sublime', 'wonderful', are some of the words in which the audience described the concert given by Goring Chamber Choir at Douai Abbey on Saturday 15th February.

This was a perfect venue for this performance of Duruflé's Requiem, in which the nine movements were separated by contemporary motets, a masterly piece of programming. The choir sang magnificently and with great expression, sensitively directed by Frances Brewitt-Taylor and with superb accompaniment from organist Steve Bowey. He also played Duruflé's virtuoso organ piece: Fugue sur le nom d'Alain – the audience was enthralled by his skill!

Particularly uplifting were the performances of Rupert Lang's Kontakion, and In my Father's house by Philip Stopford. For the unaccompanied motets the choir moved to be closer to the audience, which proved most effective for the group of soprano soloists in Esenvald's O salutaris hostia. The evening finished with Blitheman's 16th century motet for Compline: In pace. The plainsong for men's voices seemed to return the Abbey to prayerful silence.

Ray Birtwistle

We welcome singers to join the choir. If you'd like to become a member, contact us and come to a few of our rehearsals on Thursday evenings — you can join in and see how it feels. If you want to go ahead, you'll audition with our Musical Director. Our singers must be able to read sheet music, as we don't learn by ear, but we're not all polished sight-readers. Join us

Goring Chamber Choir on CD

Souvenir

A collection of pieces from Goring Chamber Choir's broad repertoire of sacred and secular works, from Haydn and Mozart to Gershwin and Rodgers. On the way, we visit the great Victorian and Edwardian church composers, some traditional folk songs and a barber shop number.Full details

Christmas Souvenir

The choir at Christmas. Plainsong and medieval carols rub shoulders with contemporary Christmas music from around the world, and new settings cast fresh light on ancient and mystic texts.Full details

What is love?

This collection explores the many facets of love: from youthful desire through religious passion, love in adversity, the intertwining of souls, to separation and loss.Full details

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