"A splendid performance ... the church re-echoed exquisitely to a sumptuous blend of well balanced voices..."
"This enthusiastic choir gave a joyous performance of Vivaldi's Gloria"
"... the blissful In Paradisum left me in seventh heaven"
"Difficult harmonies in Messaien's O Sacrum Convivium and Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium were convincingly confident"


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's conductor, since 2012, is David Dewar.

collage webThe choir performs frequently with its associated chamber orchestra: the Musica Vera Camerata, as well as occasionally with other ensembles.

The choir is known for its innovative programming, for which it has received an award from Cheltenham Arts Council, and for its enjoyable performances.   It often makes use of performance venues' spatial characteristics - with singers sometimes placed in different positions around the hall in those concerts where the music will be enhanced by this process.  In some musical items the singers have been placed around the audience, providing a pleasing sense of surround sound - and, therefore, enhancing the listening experience.

We are recruiting (click here for more information)

We are recruiting ...

Rehearsals are held in Cheltenham
on Wednesdays in term time, 7.30pm to 9.30pm


Some choral experience, and reasonably fluent music-reading ability is desirable, although the ability to sight-sing is not essential. We ask for your 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 ensemble where you will be fully aware of your individual contribution, and where you can really make a difference?
  • 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 you decide you'd would like to join the Choir we'll ask you to take a very brief and friendly audition merely to check your range and ability vocally to blend.

To enquire or for an informal discussion, please CLICK HERE or EMAIL the SECRETARY

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