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  • Bob Chilcott Singing Day Saturday 22 June
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 21 Feb 2024

    Bob Chilcott Singing Day

    Saturday June 22nd
    10.00 - 16.30

    Led by Bob Chilcott, accompanied by Ian Westley

    Singing to be directed by Bob and we will then hold an impromptu concert at the end for friends

    Music to include: Chilcott Little Jazz Mass

    Cost ~ £ 20 per person (to be confirmed)

    Venue: Caversham Heights Methodist Church

    Tickets will be available after Easter

    Anyone welcome

  • Alan Bullard appointed SCCS President
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 10 Dec 2023
    We are delighted that Alan Bullard is our new SCCS President, following Stefan Hofkes' move to Spain.
    Alan has composed many pieces for the choir including " Mister Lear" and " A Feast for Christmas". Most recently we sang his composition  "O Come Emmanuel"  for Christmas 2022.
    He is also very well known within the music community and his works are recorded on CD by such ensembles as Selwyn College Choir, Kings College Choir, The Sixteen, and are regularly broadcast in the UK and the US.
    Alan holds an ARCM from the Royal College of Music, a BMus from London University, an MA from Nottingham University and a DU (Honorary Doctorate) from Essex University.

  • Bruges Tour August 2023
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 17 Sep 2023
    Bruges Tour August 2023
    SCCS members have just returned from a very successful tour of Bruges, August 24 - 28th.  SCCS had been invited by the Roeselaars Kammerkoor, based in Roeselare south of Bruges.  For a full review and photos, click here
  • David Parker's Race to the Stones
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 15 Jun 2023
    On 8 July, David will be aiming to walk 50km in 1 day to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.  It is in support of his cousin (also called David) who has just lost his brother to cancer.  He has been training hard as is usually to be found on two wheels not two legs.  Please donate to help encourage him reach his goal.  
  • Winners of the Gwyn Arch "Young Singers' Competition"
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 2 Jun 2023
    Winners of the Gwyn Arch "Young Singers' Competition"
    The winners of the Gwyn Arch "Young Singers' Competition", set up by the Reading Male Voice Choir, is being held on Saturday 10 June.  This annual competition is a legacy to Gwyn's interest in and support for young singers. 

    This year (the inaugural year) the competition attracted 24 entrants (male & female) across three age groups: 10-13yrs; 14-16yrs and 17-21yrs. The standard was exceptionally high and the adjudicators really found it difficult to select a winner for each class.

    The Winners' concert is being held at 7pm at the Abbey Senior School, Reading on Saturday 10th June. You are warmly invited to give your support to this worthy cause.  Tickets are available here: 
  • Spring term 2023
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 8 Jan 2023
    Rehearsals start on Monday 9 January for our next concert at the Great Hall, Reading University on Saturday 1 April.  We are singing Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" and Puccini's "Messa di Gloria".  Come and sing with us in a great concert of well known works.
  • Christmas Concert
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2022
    The choir began rehearsals for the Christmas 2022 concert on September 5th. The concert will be held in Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge School on Saturday December 3rd. We will be singing "O Come Emmanuel" by Alan Bullard together with some favourite carols. The Hill Primary School will be joining us in this concert
  • Stefan Hofkes - President
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 29 Aug 2022

    South Chiltern Choral Society is delighted to announce that Stefan Hofkes has accepted our invitation to be the new President of our society.  To find out more about Stefan, please see our President page.

  • Gwyn Arch - A Celebration
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 13 Apr 2022
    A truly memorable evening for over 300 singers.  SCCS sang two of Gwyn's favourite works, Choose Something Like a Star and Fly Me to the Moon,  The Gwyn Arch Foundation has now been set up, click here for more information and to register, .
  • Faure's Requiem
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 27 Dec 2021
    On Monday 10 January we begin rehearsals of one of the most widely-loved Requiem settings, Faure's Requiem.  Composed in 1888, it is a humble masterpiece that will move you.  If you'd like to sing with us, please contact our Membership Secretary as soon as possible for SCCS joining information.
  • We are supporting the National Autistic Society
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 23 Nov 2021

    The charity we are supporting at the 70th Anniversary Christmas Gala on 4th December is the NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY.  During the Gala, there will be a short presentation of the Society’s aims.

    Due to Covid, we are not collecting cash this year.  Please donate online via this link Donate (

    Thank you for your support

  • Autumn 2021
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 9 Sep 2021
    At last, we are back to in-person rehearsals.   Some exciting works are lined up for our Christmas concert.   In addition to Chilcott's SInging by Numbers, we will be premiering two pieces, one composed by Paul Burke our Musical Director, and the other by our previous Musical Director, Gwn Arch, retelling the story of the first 70 years of SCCS.   It will be wondeful to see veryone again after so long singing in our own living rooms.
  • Summer term 2021
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 1 May 2021
    Summer rehearsals of Puccini's exciting Messa di Gloria have begun.  We are still on ZOOM for now, and have every expectation that we will be rehearsing in person by the end of term.  A special celebratory outdoor sing is being arranged at Waterperry Gardens if conditions allow.  if you'd like to join our ZOOM sessions please contact our Anne, our membership secretary.
  • ZOOM Rehearsals 2021
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 8 Jan 2021
    ZOOM reharsals are starting again on January 11th 2021.  Learn to sing Haydn's The Creation and Rutter's The Sprig of Thyme in the comfort of your own home! SCCS are successfully rehearsing under the leadership of our musical director Paul Burke. OK it's not the same as the real thing, but we do enjoy online chats after rehearsals too. We sing on Mondays at 7.30pm. Contact our Membership Secretary Anne Farley, 07817 544532 for further details.
  • COVID-19
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 27 Oct 2020
    Live rehearals and concerts have been suspended for the time being.  We are rehearsing on ZOOM and are enjoying seeing each other every week at our usual rehearsal time of Mondays 7.30pm.

    Our ZOOM rehearsals are not as good as our normal rehearsals, but it's great to keep singing.  We're learning about our composers and having online breakout groups for a chat afterwards.

    You can still join us.  Just call our Anne, our Membership secretary, on 07817 544532.

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