Wessex Chamber Choir
What activities does Britain really excel at? One answer is that we have some exceptional Cathedral choirs. Some might say the very best in the world. Choirs have been singing in our great Cathedrals up and down the land for nigh on 800 years, almost without interruption. It’s a sound that is both timeless and unique.
The Wessex Chamber Choir, made up of local residents from Surrey and North Hampshire, fill in for professional Cathedral choirs when they are off duty (such as at half term or during the summer holidays). Recent venues at which the Wessex have sung include St George’s Chapel Windsor and Worcester and Chichester Cathedrals.
They sing to a high standard but are a friendly and approachable bunch who also enjoy singing lighter, non church music at the two or three other concerts they do in the area
during the year.
They are currently looking to increase their numbers slightly and invite anyone interested to join them for an open rehearsal at St John the Evangelist church in Hook at 7.45 pm on Wednesday 8th November.
Musical Director Richard Stevens (formerly a lay clerk at St Paul’s Cathedral) told the Farnham Herald:
“We would love to hear from anyone with reasonable musical knowledge – and some sight-reading ability – interested in joining our ranks. You don’t need to be a professional musician by any means. But you do need to have a working knowledge of music and the time to devote to rehearsing on a regular basis.”
Simon Thorn, Chairman of the choir added:
“Just come along to one of our regular rehearsals and see if you like what we do. We would particularly like to hear from sopranos and basses but tenors and altos are also welcome. If you decide it’s not for you no matter. You can always just enjoy a glass of wine.”