"This enthusiastic choir gave a joyous performance of Vivaldi's Gloria."
Musica Vera is an accomplished, friendly, and welcoming chamber choir, based in Cheltenham, and founded in 1964 by its then conductor, Graham Smallbone. It has gone on to perform in more than 150 concerts, and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3's "the Choir".
The choir is known for its innovative programming and enjoyable performances, indeed it has received an award from Cheltenham Arts Council for this. It makes use of performance venues' spatial effects with singers placed in different positions around the hall in those concerts where the music will be enhanced by this process. In some music, the singers have encircled the audience, providing the live sense of surround sound - and optimizing the listening experience.
Some choral experience, and reasonably fluent music-reading ability is desirable, although the ability to sight-sing is not essential. We ask for attendance at some rehearsals for a trial period on either side.
- Perhaps you already sing in a large choir, but would like to sing in a smaller choir where you are really aware of your individual contribution?
- Possibly you would like to explore new repertoire with like-minded and enthusiastic people?
Come along to try us out during a rehearsal or two or three and see how you enjoy it. If and when it is mutually decided that you would like to join the Choir you will be asked to take a very brief and friendly audition merely to check your range and ability vocally to blend.