Saturday, 6th January 2024, 3pm
St.Thomas of Canterbury Church, Goring on Thames, RG8 9DS
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|6th January||Epiphany concert in St. Thomas' Church, Goring|
|April/May||Spring concert in a lighter vein|
|8th – 11th August||Services at Truro Cathedral|
|14th – 17th August||Services at Exeter Cathedral|
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Members of the Goring Chamber Choir travelled to Italy in April to perform in the Umbrian towns of Foligno, Assisi and Spello. We were expertly accompanied by organist Steve Bowey, and fearlessly conducted by our musical director, Frances Brewitt-Taylor, who thoughtfully selected an Easter program of works by English and Italian composers including Casciolini, Monteverdi, Palestrina, Byrd, Morley and more.
Our first venue was the church of San Paolo Apostolo in Foligno, a modern church known as ‘The Cube’ due to its square shape, where we sang an evening mass in a truly Biblical rain storm. Fortunately, the sun was on our side the next evening in Assisi. We performed a concert in the spectacularly frescoed upper Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi – under a double rainbow. The next night we performed again, this time in neighbouring Spello at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
After our concerts, the audiences were on their feet, clapping at length, even after we had taken many bows. Members of the audience sat enraptured with their eyes closed, and one audience member in Spello even said it was the best concert he’d ever attended!
In August, last year, the choir had 4-day residency at Norwich cathedral, singing the choral evensong services from Monday 8th to Thursday 11th. We visit a cathedral in late summer almost every year and it is a highlight of the choir's calendar—a chance to combine beautiful music with spiritual calm.
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.
We are looking for tenor voices to join our 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.
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
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
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