Goring Chamber Choir

COVID–19

The choir is currently unable to gather or perform due to pandemic restrictions. Our future programme (below) is provisional. Please keep checking this page for updates — we look forward to performing for you as soon as possible.

Future Events (Provisional)

2021 — Our 70th Anniversary year

24th AprilConcert at Douai Abbey
19th – 22nd AugustWeekend services at Worcester Cathedral

2022

AugustWeekend services at Norwich 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

The big 7 - 0

2021 will mark the 70th anniversary of Goring Chamber Choir. Founded in 1951 as the Goring and District Musical Society, the choir has grown in ability and ambition through the years to become a well-renowned presence in South Oxfordshire and often further afield. You can read a brief history of the choir here on our site.

Our Musical Director, Frances Brewitt-Taylor, will celebrate her 30th year with the choir at the same time.

The immediate future, for all of us, is clouded with uncertainty, so it is difficult to plan our celebrations of the anniversary. We hope we will be able to start 2021 with our (now) customary Epiphany concert, though of course this will depend on the possiblility of rehearsal towards the end of this year.

There are firm plans to perform a major concert with orchestra at Douai Abbey in April. Beyond that, we want to create more events in our local area so that our home audience can join us in celebration.

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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