This year sees us celebrating our 50th birthday. We were due to mark this milestone with an anniversary concert with our French partner choir, La Villanelle de Sceaux, on Saturday 9th May 2020. However, worldwide events have overtaken us, so we have made the difficult decision to postpone until the Coronavirus pandemic has been brought under control. Watch this space and, in the meantime, stay safe!
Warwickshire Singers is a mixed-voice choir of between 20 and 30 singers, who put on two or three concerts a year, typically in churches around Warwickshire. Smaller numbers of the choir are available for private functions and weddings. We enjoy the benefit of an excellent accompanist, who is also a skilful arranger of music.
Our first concert took place in 1970, and we have performed regularly since then, enjoying a very varied repertoire. The choir is a registered charity, and was founded to perform concerts throughout Warwickshire and beyond – see also History. As well as concerts in Warwickshire, we have travelled further afield and have sung in Saumur (Warwick's twin town), Malta and Gozo, Tuscany and the Czech Republic. We have a long-standing connection with La Villanelle de Sceaux choir in Leamington’s twin town of Sceaux (near Paris) and have sung there many times, the most recent of which was on 3rd November 2018 in a wonderful joint evening concert - see the News page.
Our annual Christmas concert on Saturday 14th December 2019 took place in the beautiful Holy Trinity and St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Ettington. The first half featured a rarely-heard piece by Czech composer, Zelenka, as well as Vivaldi's wonderful Magnificat. The second half featured plenty of festive classics to get our packed audience in the Christmas mood.
Saturday 6th July 2019 saw us perform "Folk and Glory" to a packed Holy Trinity Church in Long Itchington. The audience were treated to Rutter's "Sprig of Thyme" (the folk element) in the first half. Following interval refreshments, we raised the roof with Vivaldi's "Gloria" and some less well known, more contemporary pieces, all of which very much continued the glory theme.
Our repertoire is more classical than pop. To suit our numbers (which have never exceeded 40), we have recently concentrated on shorter pieces by all the classical greats, mixed in with more modern composers such as Eric Whitacre, Copeland, Ray Charles, Bernstein, Gershwin, Si James Macmillan and Will Todd. We rehearse on a weekly basis at the Methodist Church in Kenilworth (CV8 1LQ) on Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Rehearsals are a mix of sing-throughs and note bashing (when needed). New members are always welcome, so we would love to hear from anyone wishing to share their love of music-making with us. There are no auditions, but some experience of choral singing is advantageous. Informal solo opportunities are available for choir members.
Interested? Then please contact Matt Blake (Treasurer) or Andrew Patrick (Chairperson) - see the Contact Us page.