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Poster image - Goring Chamber Choir - A celebration of life
 

Full programme

Future Events (Provisional)

2021 — Our 70th Anniversary year

16th October, 1pm
St. Thomas Church
Lunchtime concert – ‘A Celebration of Life’
20th November, 1pm
St. Thomas Church
Lunchtime concert – ‘Music for the Soul’

2022

23rd AprilConcert at Douai Abbey
AugustWeekend services at Norwich Cathedral

Concert Ticket Bookings

To book tickets for our concerts, please send email to tickets@goringchamberchoir.org.uk

Douai Concert Rescheduled

Although we were unable to present our planned concert at Douai Abbey in April this year, we have booked a date for next year — 23rd April 2022. We hope you will mark this in your diaries amongst the many other engagements that you have postponed from last year and this.

Here's a memento of our concert at Douai in early 2020, just before lockdown.

Excerpt

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

Top Notes

GCC at Worcester Cathedral 18-22 August 2021

Thirty singers made it to the long weekend of services at Worcester and everyone found it a huge joy to be singing together again and in such a beautiful historic building.

The Cathedral staff commented favourably upon our unfamiliar repertoire saying they ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ it. Our organist Steve Bowey handled the big instrument with consummate skill and we were all pleased at how well we sang after so little rehearsal together. We enjoyed exploring the town centre which was full of decorative models of elephants of every size, colour and pattern, and many opted for an outstanding guided tour of the cathedral. Others visited Greyfriars NT site and walked by the riverside and all took advantage of the many excellent outdoor cafes and restaurants. We were pleased too that friends who watched the live-streamed Eucharist on Sunday morning said how lovely it was to hear Byrd and Tallis and rousing hymns echoing round the vast nave space. Our Saturday evening dinner together was a lovely occasion when we were able to thank all those who worked so hard to make these few days away together so rewarding.

Frances Brewitt-Taylor

70th Anniversary Concerts

Goring Chamber Choir celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. We are planning two Saturday lunchtime concerts to be held in St Thomas' Church, Goring, featuring favourite pieces chosen by choir members. The first, on October 16th, is 'A Celebration of Life' with rousing spirituals, anthems and lively songs from shows. The second concert, on 20th November, is mostly sacred unaccompanied 'Music for the Soul'.

Both will start at 1pm and last about 40 minutes. Admission will be free but donations towards St Thomas' organ fund are welcome.

Of course we will be observing any restrictions on numbers attending which may be in place at the time, but we hope that local residents who have enjoyed the choir's many performances over these seven decades will look out for further details nearer the time and come to celebrate with us!

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

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.

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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