Local Community Choirs

Catherine is a passionate supporter of community choirs.


She is the regular conductor for The Skylarks Community Choir, based in Berkeley. We rehearse every Tuesday evening at 7.15pm until about 9pm with a short break for cake eating and socialising, and so far have sung at a number of venues, including Berkeley WI Christmas party and as part of a concert at the beginning of May 2013, at old age homes in the area, at the Berkeley Arms and also put in  appearances at Time to Learn Piano's  concerts.  All ages and abilities (there are no auditions) from age 7 upwards are welcome- the only requirement is that you make a cake once in a while for the cake rota, and that  you are prepared to give it a go! We have a number of members who initially arrived saying they didn't like choirs or they couldn't sing- so far all proved to be incorerect!


We start each session with a physical, emotional and vocal warm up before working on a variety of music, mainly unaccompanied but some with guitar (thanks to our guitarist, Norman) and keyboard. These can include rounds, folk songs, pop and jazz, as well as some classical.

We believe that everyone should be able to afford to sing as well- so we only charge £4 a session, discounts for children and those on low income. (speak to Jackie)

Our next concert will be in June 2015 at Coaley Village Hall and we hope to sing a number of times at the Salutation Inn near Berkeley during the summer of 2015 when we don't have official rehearsals. The Autumn term will commence at the beginning of September 2015.


Catherine studied conducting and took part in both choral and orchestral conducting while at Cambridge University and since then has attended conducting training with Sing for Pleasure, of which she is a member.  She has led a number of groups and choirs since leaving college as well as singing in them- she currently studies singing with Jill Burt, in Stroud.


Catherine knows that 99.9% of people can sing and we all can get enormouse pleasure from it. Singing releases endorphins which make us feel good- so come along and give it a try!

Catherine is keen to start other singing groups in the area, so if you are looking for a choral leader for a group please do not hesitate to contact her. Rates are very reasonable!

.Please note that Cam & Dursley Children's Choir has not  taken off yet, due to lack of numbers, bit we hope that it will in the foreseeable future. If you are interested in finding a children's choir please contact Catherine to go on a waiting list¬∑







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