At the beginning we met to sing the music we loved, and our primary aim has not changed. We give regular concerts to share our enjoyment with others, and to ensure that we work to a standard.
Because of our size (approximately 25 singers) we concentrate on music written for smaller numbers, and aim to perform a diverse range of music taken from the large selection of material for chamber choirs.
However, we have occasionally invited others to join us for larger works including, in recent years, The Messiah, Monteverdi’s Vespers, and Handel’s O Come Sing unto the Lord. We have been joined by a small period instruments orchestra for these performances.
Our musical director is committed to improving our vocal technique and our sight-reading so that we can enjoy new challenges and explore unusual music.
Our autumn and spring concerts have included:
- Fauré’s Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine
- Brahm’s Liebeslieder Walzen
- Charpentier: Messe de Minuit
- Vivaldi Magnificat
- Purcell: Welcome to All the Pleasures
- Herbert Howell: Hymn to St Cecilia
- Tippett: 5 Negro Spirituals
- Handel’s Dixit Dominus
In the summer we perform lighter music and recently have performed:
- Pergolesi: Magnificat
- Elgar: various songs
- Haydn’s Little Organ Mass
- 19th Century part-songs, e.g. by Pearsall
- Traditional folk songs
- Modern “classics” such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow and the odd comic song.
At Christmas we take part in a Charity Concert for Macmillan, where we have been joined by Heathside Chamber Choir and Ensemble.
Although we are named A Cappella Singers, we also sing works requiring accompaniment and have used organ, small period instrument groups, piano and harpsichord.