• Welcome to the Festival Chorus

    The Festival Chorus is a choir of over 100 voices based in South London- between Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common, London SW11/12. It performs three times a year, employs professional orchestras and soloists, and is one of the most established and accomplished amateur choral societies in South London. It is truly open to all, no matter what your ability or experience may be, and is very friendly and welcoming to new singers. There are no auditions. Simply turn up to one of our Monday rehearsals to join us.

Conference Offer – The Evolution of Singing

I am writing to offer members of the Festival Chorus discounted tickets to our upcoming conference The Evolution of Singing, at the Church of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, on 28 April 2017. This is part of a series of three conferences on the theme of Why Sing?, exploring the evolution, and the physical, … Continue reading

Faure Come and Sing Day – 20th May 2017

The Festival Chorus invites you to spend the day rehearsing Faure’s glorious Requiem. Guided by the leading conductor and vocal coach, Andrea Brown, you will learn all the choruses from the Requiem as well as technical skills for your voice, throughout the day, so that you will be ready to take part in a memorable … Continue reading

Amended rehearsal dates and schedule

Certain rehearsals have been changed. The first Bass rehearsal is now at 74 Alfriston Road, and a new general rehearsal schedule has been published. fc-rehearsal-schedule-jan-mar-17-2 The previous posts have also been amended.

Saturday Rehearsal

Our first Saturday rehearsal will be SATURDAY 28th Jan 10.00am – 1.00pm St Luke’s Church, Ramsden Road, SW12 We will be looking at all the material covered so far. After the rehearsal we will be going to The Nightingale Pub on Nightingale Lane – all welcome There will be the second Theory Support Session ( … Continue reading

Newsletter and rehearsal dates

Welcome We are well into our rehearsals for our performance of Messiah on Saturday 25th March 7.30pm St Luke’s Church Ramsden Road, SW12 The Rehearsal schedule is attached.fc-rehearsal-schedule-jan-mar-17-2 Saturday Rehearsals– 28th January 10.00am – 1.00pm St Luke’s Church Ramsden Road, SW12 – 11th March. As above Throughout the term there will be a number of … Continue reading

Save the date – Saturday 20th May

On Saturday 20th May we will be hosting a Come and Sing Faure’s Requiem. The venue will be St Luke’s Church, 194 Ramsden Road, SW12 8RQ. Details will be available later, but please e mail us if you are interested thefestivalchorusevents@gmail.com

Background and practise information for The Messiah

There are masses of recordings of the Messiah. You could search out a recording with traditional instruments as that is more likely to be at baroque pitch. Otherwise Andrea recommends looking out for recordings by The Sixteen or the old Hogwood/Kirkby etc recording Two articles you might find interesting about the differences between the pitch … Continue reading

Theory lessons

Do you struggle sometimes with musical terms and changing time signatures? Interested in learning a bit more? Pippa MacDonald, retired music teacher and Chairman, is ¬†going to run 3 theory sessions on Jan 23, 30 and Feb 6th from 6.45 to 7.30. These will be for those who feel they know very little about the … Continue reading

Newsletter – spring term dates etc.

Festival Chorus Newsletter December 2016 Season’s Greetings to all our friends as we look forward to the New Year. Our new term will begin on Monday 9th January 2017, 7.45pm – 9.45pm in Broomwood Church Hall, Kyrle Road, SW11. We will be preparing for our concert on Saturday 25th March when we will perform Handel’s … Continue reading

Spring Term – details

Our Spring term will begin on the 9th January for our performance of Handel’s Messiah on the 25th March. Saturday rehearsals will be on the 28th January and the 11th March. We expect this to be another popular concert and would like to remind you that St Luke’s, our concert venue, requires that we limit … Continue reading