Our unauditioned community choir has been based in the Parish Room of St Michael’s Church, Park Road, Abingdon, since 2009 on termtime Monday evenings 6.30pm-8.00pm (with a brief halfway notices / comfort break). It is the indirect successor to Allyn Richardson’s Singing For Pleasure, formerly at Abingdon College. At typical strength we would expect to see 20-25 singers in rehearsal.
Our repertoire ranges from early, classical and folk songs to ‘romantic’ partsongs, showtunes and medleys; always with a variety ‘on the go’ so as to offer something for everyone. Pieces are chosen by a committee, based on suggestions from within the choir and agreed by the Musical Director, with the aim of keeping this range and balance always in mind.
We sing principally for our own and each other’s pleasure, still hoping gently to improve our technique and blend and experience as the weeks and terms go by, but we have a tradition of performing two ‘sets’ at the Albert Park Christmas Party each year, plus our own summer soirée, and usually (also in the summer) take part in the Christian Aid community concert along with Carswell School and other local choirs. We have appeared on other local occasions down the years and enjoy this aspect of our wider role within the town. Visit the performances page to see what’s coming up.
Our Musical Director 2009-18 was Ian Miles, with Michiyo Machida as a versatile accompanist. In Autumn 2018 we welcomed our new Musical Director, Santiago Piñeros-Serrano.
Hear us in action in BBC Radio Oxford’s report on the Albert Park Singers, broadcast in April 2019.
New members of all ages and abilities are welcome and no audition is required, so do come along and join us! We offer a free taster session: why not try a rehearsal for free and see if it’s for you? To contact us, please use the form on the home page – we will reply as soon as possible.
Autumn Term 2019 (12 sessions)
Dates: Monday 9 September – Monday 2nd December
No meeting: Monday 28 October (half term)
Christmas Concert: Friday 6 December, Trinity Church Hall, Abingdon
Spring Term 2020 (9 sessions)
Dates: Tuesday 7 January – Tuesday 24 March
No meeting: Tuesday 28 January, Tuesday 18 February, Tuesday 25 February
Summer Term 2020 (9 sessions)
Dates: Tuesday 14 April – Tuesday 23 June
No meeting: Tuesday 28 April, Tuesday 26 May
Summer Concert: date to be confirmed
Rehearsals are on Mondays at 6.30pm-8.00pm at St Michael’s Church Hall, Park Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1DS. Please note: from January 2020 our rehearsals will be on Tuesdays from 7.30pm-9.00pm.
Parking is permitted on Bostock Road and, after 6pm, on Conduit Road.
Parking is not permitted on Park Road and Park Crescent without a temporary permit – a limited number of which are available at St Michael’s Church Hall.