City Chorus is a friendly, hard working choir, open to all with no audition. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings in the city and perform several times a year in beautiful venues.
Our musical director is Paul Ayres and our accompanist (piano and organ) is Philip Shannon. Our concerts feature top professional musicians.
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Centenary Year 2020 Autumn Term
Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak physical rehearsals rehaearsals have been indefinitely postponed until such time as the governement advice is that our rehearsals will not pose health issues for our members. Instead rehearsals will be held online, as described by Paul below:
From 8 September to 24 November inclusive, City Chorus will be meeting on zoom. We've put together a programme of music and activities to keep us singing, learning, and sharing our love of music together.
The plan is that each Tuesday, from 6.15pm to 7.45pm, our online session will feature three elements:
Firstly, there will be a song that we can all sing straightaway, without the need for any learning files or advance preparation. Something well-known, or something we can pick up easily. Because it's good for us to sing out loud "like nobody's listening" and shake the dust off those vocal cords!
Secondly, we'll work on some more advanced repertoire. This will involve practising at home (please). And we will split the zoom rehearsal into separate rooms, for note-learning. Because it's good for us to get our teeth into challenging music.
Thirdly, in the middle of each online rehearsal, we'll rest our voices for a short while, and present what I'd like to call a "school assembly". The assembly may be led by one of your regular members of staff (that's Philip or me), or by a guest. Turning the necessity of zooming into a virtue, we can invite various musicians to join us, from anywhere in the world. Singing teachers, harmony instructors, academic specialists, or anyone else who can offer inspiration and education. Because it's good for us to broaden our artistic horizons.
We're keeping our eye on the ever-changing situation, to assess when, and it what form, we can meet again in real life. But for now, it's a 12-week zoom-only term on the cards.
Links to PDFs and other rehearsal files can be found on the 'Rehearsal Music' page.