The archive is a collection of photographs and documents. Many of these entries will have previously appeared on the noticeboard.


The Rossini “Petite Messe Solennelle” Rehearsal Files

If you want a high quality rehearsal file from ChoraLine, please contact David Doidge, who has obtained a 20% discount for SCCS members. David’s email address is

Carols at Sue Ryder – Tuesday 17th December 2019 – Photos by Heather Adams
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Handel’s Messiah – Gothenburg 1985 – David Butler remembers
David Butler remembers, “As we sing Messiah it brings back memories of a concert a large number of SCCS members were involved in 1985 to acknowledge the tercentenary of Handel’s birth. Sponsorship was by the European Union bringing together choirs from across Europe to sing Messiah in Gothenburg. There were about 3,000 singers in all with a substantial orchestra. The photo below (so big I have had to copy in two halves) shows the performers in situ. Two performances were on successive nights to some 12,000 people on each occasion. It was quite a trip.”

Gothenburg 1985

Some Old SCCS Posters
Emma Sieling has kindly provided the following old SCCS posters.  They make interesting viewing.

Spring Concert 2006
06 Mozart poster

Summer Concert 2006
06 Merry Widow summer concert

Christmas Concert 2006
06 Christmas Cornucopia posterpdf

Spring Concert 2007
07 Rutter requiem etc Spring concert

Summer Concert 2007
07 Saturday Night at Movies Summer concert

Exciting news of Eric Hartley (retired, talented SCCS tenor)

Eric Hartley to receive Whitchurch Award

The recently created Whitchurch Award for voluntary activity in the community is to be given to well known village resident Eric Hartley (pictured with his dog Molly). 

The joint organisers of the award scheme announced today: 

The Whitchurch Society and the Whitchurch Web are very pleased to announce that the inaugural winner of the Whitchurch Award for an outstanding voluntary contribution to life in the village is Eric Hartley.  For over thirty years Eric has overseen the publication of his booklet of local walks around Whitchurch, and there can be few houses in the village without a copy.  Through this work Eric has become a champion of the local rural environment, protecting local footpaths, encouraging local landowners to grant permissive rights over their land, and educating us all into the local history and natural history of the area.  The Hartley Steps on the Thames Path commemorate his efforts in this respect.  Above all, though, Eric will be forever recognised, especially perhaps by fellow dog-walkers, as the nicest, most friendly and most courteous of people – a real force for good cheer around the village, and a great contributor to life in Whitchurch. 

The award will be presented to Eric at the Annual Parish Assembly in the Old Stables on Tuesday 21st May.  (The date was changed from Thursday 23rd because of the European elections.) 

Eric led the Whitchurch Society village walks for many years, before handing on the role to younger walkers.  This year’s Spring Walk takes place next weekend, Sunday 12th May.  All are welcome – details in the poster on What’s On.

Date/Time : Monday, 06th May 2019 18:24

Singers Come Dancing, Saturday 17th November 2018
Please click here for some pictures:
Singers Come Dancing

Pictures of the Spring 2018 Concert – The Paul Whitehead collection
Spring 2018 Concert pictures.

Members Gallery
Would you like to change your picture in the Members Gallery?  Alternatively, perhaps you do not have your picture in the Members Gallery currently. If so, you are welcome to email a new picture to David Doidge and he will load it on the Members Gallery.

Please be assured that it is not compulsory to have your picture in the Members Gallery.

Visit to Albi, July 2017 – Images by David Butler
Albi July 2017 – David Butler

Visit to Albi, July 2017 – Images by Clare Powell
Albi July 2017

Summer Concert, 8 July 2017 – Videos by Jim Reynolds
We are grateful to Jim Reynolds, who has provided videos for most of this Summer Concert performance.  Jim’s videos are below:

Sprig of Thyme (Rutter)
When the men are singing “The Miller of Dee”, look at the incredulous looks on the faces of the ladies.

Little Organ Mass (Haydn)

Additional Pieces (Mendelssohn, Faure, Franck, Burke)

Summer Concert, 8 July 2017 – An image
Summer Concert 2017

Section Leaders
You can find out who your section leader is, on this website page. As well as keeping the weekly register and many other essential tasks, section leaders are always interested in your views.  Do chat to them or email them.

SCCS Rehearsal and Concert Dates
SCCS Rehearsal and Concert Dates 2019 – 2020


As at April 2018, we have raised over £923 for SCCS. Thank you.  We have our own easyfundraising page. Find out how you can help.

Desert Island Discs

Would you like to be the next Desert Island Disc contributor? If so, please contact David Doidge.

These are the previous Desert Island Disc contributors (in first-name alphabetical order).  Please click on the name of the contributor to hear the chosen music:

Alan Chubb

Chris Guy

David Butler

David Cottam

David Cunningham

Eric Hartley

Jane Arch

Judith Griffiths

Karen Broadbent

Liz Harrison

Michele Whitehead


Reading Male Voice Choir

For more information, click here.


Other Events:

Where can we go? (What’s on?)
Do you want to know what events are available?  Look here:

Rejoice in the marriage of Paul and Taya

SCCS Christmas Concert, 12 and 13 December 2015

Paul Whitehead has kindly provided some images.  Please click here: SCCS Christmas Concert 2015

SCCS at Sue Ryder, 9 December 2015

Thank you to those who sang carols at Sue Ryder on 9 December 2015.

We are grateful to Gwyn (our president) for his accompaniment on the pianoforte.

Pail Whitehead has kindly provided some images of the event.  Please click here: SCCS at Sue Ryder.


Summer Barbecue 2015 – Images by Paul Whitehead

Summer Barbecue 2015


Summer Concert 2015 – Images by Jim Reynolds and Andrew Lorenc

Red Folders in evidence

Resting between the singing

Paul Burke (Musical Director) in full flood


The Silent Auction

Thank you to Allen Appleby for organising the Silent Auction.  The figure is £2,174.

The bid results are, as follows: Results of Silent Auction Bids

The “winners” should contact the “contributors” to arrange the safe and speedy transfer of goods or services.  (The Members List, containing emails addresses, telephone numbers, etc is on the website – MEMBERS & INFORMATION / MEMBERS ONLY.)

Payment should occur no later than the end of March.

There are two possible methods of payment:

  1. The preferred method is by online bank transfer to the SCCS account.   Account Name: SCCS, Account Number: 63984907, Sort Code: 20-71-03. Reference: Your name and ‘lot’ number, so we can identify who has made the payment, and the associated lot.  Please also notify Allen that you have made your payment online
  2. By cheque:  Cheques should be made payable to SCCS with your “Lot” number written on the back please. Either pass them to Allen, or post them to him at:  Allen Appleby. 5 Brocks Way, Lower Shiplake, RG9 3JG. Please do not give cheques to Andrew; he requires an audit trail.


Silent Auction Feedback, by Anne Viner

As one of the auction lots, Barbara Thompson took Sheila Hylton and me to see the snowdrops at Colesbourne Park, near Cirencester on Saturday 28th February.  We had a splendid day out, stopping for coffee at Buscot Lock and lunch at North Cerney, then on to Colesbourne for a wonderful spread of snowdrops, with aconites and cyclamen mixed in around the big tree roots and beautiful reflections in the BlueLake.

Here are some pictures: Anne Viner enjoying her Silent Auction purchase

Here is another picture: David Cottam delivers manure to Anne Viner


Christmas Concert 2014


Please click below for  pictures taken by Nick Powell on Saturday 20 December 2014:

Christmas Concert 20 December 2014

Please click below for pictures taken by Jim Reynolds on Sunday 21 December 2014:

Christmas Concert 21 December 2014

Highdown Sponsorship

Sponsorship from SCCS Sept 2012


Gwyn’s Farewell Dinner – 7th July 2014 – A Paul Whitehead Collection

Please click here >>>>>>> Gwyn’s Farewell Dinner – 7th July 2014 – A Paul Whitehead Collection


Summer Concert 2014 and Gwyn’s Farewell Dinner – The Heather Adams Collection

Please click here >>>>>>> Summer Concert 2014 and Gwyn’s Farewell Dinner – The Heather Adams Collection


Gwyn’s Farewell Dinner – “Thank you for the Music” – Part of the Jim Reynolds sound recording collection

Please click here >>>>>>> The Allen Appleby variation of “Thank you for the Music”


Gwyn’s Farewell Dinner – The Anne Viner Collection

Please click here >>>>>>> Gwyn’s Farewell Dinner – The Anne Viner Collection


Gwyn’s Farewell Dinner – Slides displayed in background

Please click here >>>>>>> Background Slides at Gwyn’s Farewell Dinner


Summer Collection 2014 – Pictures – The Paul Whitehead Collection

South Chiltern Choral Society thanks Paul Whitehead (Michele’s husband) for these 118 images of the Summer 2014 Concert >>>>>>> Summer Concert 2014 – The Whitehead Collection

The size of each image has been reduced to cope with the restrictions of the website.  If you require the full sizes, please contact David Doidge and he will send you a CD disk.

David can be contacted via or telephone 0118 9724174.


Summer Concert 2014 – Pictures

Please click here for pictures taken by Anne Viner >>>>>>> Summer Concert 2014 – Pictures


Thank you for the Music, 5th July 2014

Please click here for pictures taken by Genevieve >>>>>>> Thank you for the Music


Pictures of our last “Monday” rehearsal with Gwyn. Monday 30 June 2014.

  (Thank you to Anne Viner for the pictures.)


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Paul Burke – Our New Musical Director from September 2014

Here is Paul’s website:


Spring Concert 2014

Here are some images of our final rehearsal and the actual concert.  Thank you to Genevieve for supplying them.

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Christmas Concert 2013

Read the reviews of the Christmas Concert.  See more photographs.




Spring poster 2013

Spring 2013 – The Creation on YouTube

To listen to our recording of The creation on YouTube and watch our photos at the same time, click here.  There are only two choruses available to listen to here, Awake the Harp and The Heavens are Telling.

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View lots more photos of the Meylan visit and Saturday’s concert.

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Christmas Concert 2012 on YouTube

To see some video recordings of the Saturday concert on youtube, please click on the links below:

Hallelujah chorus
Esta Noche by John Rutter
A baby so small by Alan Bullard

Click here to see photographs from the Saturday evening concert.

Click here to see how much fun we had assembling our stage for the Christmas 2012 concert…


Click here to see a selection of Zimbe! photographs, kindly taken by Dawn Bellamy.  Photographs are from the rehearsal, as well as both performances.

SCCS 60th Anniversary May 2012

We enjoyed a wonderful evening catching up with friends at the Odney Club in Cookham.

Read more…

Douai Abbey Spring Concert 2012 on YouTube

To listen to SCCS singing the In Paradisum, in Douai Abbey, on youtube, click here. Click on any of the thumbnails below to access photos from Douai Abbey.





Older photographs

See photographs from:

Summer BBQ 2012

A rehearsal April 2012

Gwyn’s 8oth birthday

Gwyn’s 40th Anniversary of conducting SCCS

Trip to Meylan 2010

Merry Widow Summer 2006

Summer BBQ 2005

SCCS Performed Works archive

Eric Hartley has been kind enough to maintain a list of all works SCCS has sung since the choir’s inception in 1952.  (Eric was not singing in the choir then!)

There are two versions of this list which contain exactly the same information but have been sorted differently.  View the same list sorted either by year, or by composer. To see these nostalgic documents click on the relevant title below:

Performed works by year

Performed works by composer

Who’s Who?

If you can’t recognise anyone, all the names are here…

Five Lines.  Four Spaces.

Read this wonderful poem by Angela Whitehead. Five Lines. Four Spaces

The M Room

This book, by Helen Fry, is the story of the German émigrés who fled Hitler’s regime and became secret listeners for British Intelligence during the Second World War. One of the ‘listeners’ featured, is Fritz Lustig, who is still alive and is married to Susan Lustig, an ex-member of SCCS.

Read more…

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