Barnes ChoirWe are an amateur choir of about 70 voices based at All Saints Church in East Sheen, and we perform at least three times a year. Our aim is to put on programmes with a wide variety of works from all periods and in all styles, the familiar and the less so.
Our programes are mainy classical, using that word in its widest sense. We have sung major oratorios,17th and 18th century works and a wide range of 19th, 20th and 21st century music. Where possible, local artistes have been involved in solo, vocal and instrumental capacities in our concerts, and local composers have featured in our programmes including Donald Swann, Alan Gibbs, Roxanna Panufnik and Brian Blyth Daubney. We also commission works from living composers including, most recently, Michael Zev Gordon and Russell Hepplewhite.
We sing Xmas carols each year in Richmond Station in support of local charity The Mulberry Centre, and we arrange occasional trips to sing with Contrepoint a choir based in Le Pecq on the outskirts of Paris, with which Barnes is unofficially twinned. Our next planned outing to le Pecq will take place in May 2018.
We are a friendly choir, organising pub nights, Winter Quiz Evenings and Summer Picncs. We welcome new members. who must be able to demonstrate good vocal capabilities. Sight reading is an obvious advantage but we do provide rehearsal materials for home practice.
Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays in term time from 20.00 to 22.00 at All Saints Church in East Sheen.
Our conductor isJulian Collings and our assistant conductor is Elspeth Wilkes.
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