"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 Graham Smallbone.  We have since performed in more than 150 concerts, and have broadcast on BBC Radio 3's "The Choir".  The conductor, since 2012, is David Dewar.

Frequently performing with our associated chamber orchestra: the Musica Vera Camerata, we also occasionally work with other ensembles.

We are known for our innovative programming, for which we have received an award from Cheltenham Arts Council, and for our enjoyable performances.   We often make use of performance venues' spatial characteristics - with singers sometimes placed in various locations around the hall in those concerts where the music will benefit from this process.  In some works singers have been placed around the audience, providing a pleasing sense of surround sound - and, therefore, an enhancement to 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 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

Keep in touch

We do not share your information with anyone
mv wordcloud web
West Country composers
6th July, 2019
poster 06072019 v1.1 x100 Music from the West country
St Mary's, Prestbury

read more

High Baroquery
30th November 2019
placeholder 100x135 Vivaldi's Gloria (RV589)
St Matthew's, Cheltenham

read more

Musica Vera is affiliated with