STOP PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT:
TUESDAY 19th MARCH CHOIR PRACTICE IN ECCLES VILLAGE HALL - dress warm!
Welcome to our website.
Singing in a choir - what a great way to exercise the brain and the body, and meet other like-minded people, both singers and audiences.
Formed in 2007, we are a group of local singers in this rural locality who decided we wanted to sing the ever widening a-cappella repertoire - choral music without accompaniment - and along the way have a go at everything from plainsong and polyphony to pop. We are currently organised as a thirty-two voice choir plus an actor and a poet, with over a dozen guests who deputise for regular singers. We also run an apprentice scheme.
We've sung as far afield as the Isle of Arran, St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh, Glasgow Cathedral, Dunfermline Abbey, St Asaph Cathedral North Wales, St Silas Church Newcastle, Brinkburn Priory, Romaldkirk in the Durham Dales, all the Borders Abbeys and dozens of more local venues in the Scottish Borders, North Northumberland and occasionally East Lothian. We give between eight and a dozen concerts a year.
Our programmes can be on a single theme or a joyful mixture. Sacred and secular, classical and modern, sometimes including jazz, folk or 60's pop. They can be fully sung concerts or have readings as well, sometimes with poems written especially for the concert. Sometimes they are concert dramas. Programmes can be developed for specific venues or audiences.
We are presently presenting a mixed programme entitled Sing Joyfully! which includes pieces by William Byrd & Edward Elgar together with Kurt Weill, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Rogers, Ola Giejo and Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Current programmes in development this year - 2019 - include the concert drama Mrs Tallis & Mrs Byrd and Another Year! - a second choral calendar which will include pieces by James MacMillan, Cecilia McDowall, Kurt Weill, Jaakko Mantyjarvi, Randy Newman and Gustav Holst.
By the end of 2018 we'd raised over £28,000 for local & national charities.
We meet on Tuesday evenings, usually in Eccles, north of Coldstream in the Scottish Borders - choristers, guests, apprentices and visitors.
Do explore our website. Come and hear us in concert or rehearsal, where you can talk to any of us if you want to know more.
We enjoy the singing - we do hope you will enjoy the sound we make.