The choir meets during school term-times on Monday evenings, 8.00 – 10.00 pm, in the school at Stanton Harcourt, a village south of Witney (OX29 5RJ, see map below). There is plenty of parking nearby.
Rehearsals are busy times, when it’s rare to have more than a couple of minutes when your attention isn’t fully engaged. We take the music seriously, but do not take ourselves too seriously. There is a lot of self-deprecating humour and outright guffaws, often led by the more disreputable end of the bass section when someone says something unintentionally funny. Our Music Director has managed to perfect a kind of beautifully judged mockery, but said with a smile, delivered with a lightness of touch and which you cannot help laughing at. We do our best to keep the atmosphere friendly and supportive, so no one is left behind.
We also provide pointers to a variety of online resources, such as Choralia and Cyberbass, to help people learn their parts at home. Which we all do. Of course. Weekly bulletins let those who couldn’t make it to a particular rehearsal know what they missed, and most people are very committed. This means that the satisfaction quotient is high and choir members come away feeling they’ve achieved a lot in the short two hours.