Future Events (Provisional)

2021 — Our 70th Anniversary year

26th June, 1pm
St. Thomas Church
CANCELLED
We regret that we must cancel our first lunchtime concert due to restrictions on rehearsals.
19th – 22nd AugustWeekend services at Worcester Cathedral
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.

Members' Notices

New practice tracks for Byrd mass

You will now find voice-part tracks for the Byrd Gloria in the members' area. Get prepared for this week's rehearsal.

Top Notes

June Concert Cancelled

The government's specific restrictions on amateur singing groups mean that we are unable to rehearse sufficiently as a choir for our planned concert, 'A summer of love', on 26th June. Regretfully, therefore, we are forced to cancel that concert.

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!

Frances Brewitt-Taylor

Tanya Hawley

A celebration of Tanya's life is planned for Tuesday 20th July at Dorchester Abbey, assuming restrictions allow. Tanya passed away in January. Her obituary was published in the Henley Standard.

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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