Founder Sam Gosden:
I formed the choir some five years ago and the ensemble has grown from strength to strength. We began as a chamber choir based and are based at Christ Church. This is very much a community choir and a large percentage of members are from the Barnes-Chiswick-Sheen areas. The community aspect of the choir is very much relied on.
I sometimes challenge the choir beyond their horizons, much to their amusement, but they seem to rise to each occasion with increased energy and commitment.
One principal remains. You do not have to have any experience in choral singing whatsoever; as a group we will make you feel welcome and nurture your interests in singing. Within 6 months, you will be helping new members integrate within the choir.
The essence of the choir is to sing, listen to music and enjoy coming together on a Tuesday night, followed by a debrief in our local pub.
If this appeals to you, please do contact us via the link above.
Chris Stokes took over as Musical Director in the summer of 2016, having previously been accompanist for the choir and a talented bass when permitted! He is committed to carrying on the philosophy on which Sam built the choir, and we continue to build up our repertoire and expand our musical range with some exciting new pieces.
Chris will be leaving the choir after the summer concert, after the arrival of a new baby put too much strain on even his incredible ability to juggle a dozen responsibilities at once. We wish him the very best, and will miss him. We are looking for a new Musical Director to begin in the Autumn. If you are interested in learning more, please see our advertisement on the Association of British Choral Directors website www.ABCD.co.uk, or contact Lesley Morley.