Come & Sing' Performances - (these performances differ from choral workshops in that they generally culminate in a public performance and take place over a single day) - For more choral workshops and summer schools see Singing Courses

21 - 22 July 2018

Come and Sing Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with St Matthew’s Orchestra and Choir, taking place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July, at St Matthew’s Church in Chapel Allerton (LS7 3QF), working on Interested singers are invited to visit their website ( for more information or to apply for a place. 

About the work

F.J. Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Hob. XXII:14, was written in 1802 and is his last major work. The title roughly translates as ‘wind band mass’ (‘Harmonie’ being the German word for a wind band). It is ambitiously scored, calling for double winds (flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons), and double brass (two French horns and two trumpets), together with the usual timpani, strings, and organ. 
Haydn employs extensive choral writing throughout, and some wonderful solo passages. It is in his quintessential style, using signature ‘surprises’ and unceasing contrasts between loud and soft, suspension and release. 
It is both challenging and highly rewarding!

The team

St Matthew’s Orchestra is a new per-service orchestra venture based in Chapel Allerton. It was established in 2017 with the aim of providing recent music graduates and students the opportunity to undertake paid professional engagements, before entering fully the highly competitive music market. 
St Matthew’s Choir is the resident choir of St Matthew’s Church in Chapel Allerton, a thriving suburban parish church, with some of the best acoustic in North Leeds. They are no strangers to organising come and sing events, with over two hundred happy (returning!) participants. 
The day will be led by Josh Aljosa Skorja, who is rapidly making a name for himself as one of the most exciting choral conductors in the North of England. Josh studied musicology in his native Slovenia and conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is the Music Director at St Matthew’s and leads the Pontefract Choral Society and York Cantores Chamber Choir. 
Talented young soloists from Rocket Opera will be completing the line-up at the evening performance. 

Is this for me? 

If you have some experience of reading music or even singing in a choir—definitely yes! And don’t worry, there will be ample time on Saturday to get familiar with the notes. 
If you’re not sure, please do not hesitate to be in touch or, better still, simply come along, and find out. 


St. Matthew’s Parish Church, Chapel Allerton, Leeds. Just off Wood Lane, LS7 3QF. Plenty of on- and off-street parking. Easily reachable by public transport (2, 3, 3A, 48; 7A, 7S).


Saturday, 21 July 2018
10am - Registration
10.30am - Start
1pm - Lunch
4.30pm - Finish

Sunday, 22 July 2018
2.30pm - Rehearsal with orchestra and soloists
6.30pm - Perfromance (Beethoven’s Eroica in the first half)
9pm - Finish

How much?
The cost for the weekend workshop is £25 (advance website purchase) or £27 on-the-day. 
This includes music hire (against £5 deposit), full day of rehearsing, half-day pre-concert rehearsal, an unforgettable evening performance with professional orchestra and soloists, and a £5 voucher for audience ticket(s) for family or friends. 

What about… ?
For any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us here

How do I apply? 
On our website here
Please apply by Monday, 1 July 2018. Receipt of application will be acknowledged by e-mail. We will do our best to accommodate all applications. Late applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

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Come and Sing Bizet Opera Choruses with Guildford Opera. 2- 6.30 pm. Merrow Methodist Church Hall Guildford, GU1 2SH. Music director, Lewis Gaston, will explore the life of Bizet through his operas and we will learn and sing some of his well-known and less familiar choruses. Tickets, £15,(free for students) include a music score and afternoon tea and can be booked at

15 September 2018

Chiswick Choir presents Come and Sing Zimbe!

10.30am - 4.30pm - Strand on the Green Junior School, Thames Road, W4 3NX

Have you been thinking about making music with a group of friendly and enthusiastic singers? Have you considered joining a choir, but not sure whether it's for you? Would you like to expand your current repertoire? Inspired by a summer holiday, feeling ready for a new At a loose end on September 15th?

Come along to Chiswick Choir's next Come and Sing day! It will take place on Saturday 15th September at Strand on the Green Junior School in Chiswick (closest Tube station is Gunnersbury, or Kew Bridge station for the overground).

Led by our MD, professional conductor Hilary Campbell, we will learn movements from Alexander L'Estrange's "Zimbe!" - a celebration of music from across Africa.

Refreshments of tea and coffee will be provided. There is also a corner shop along with several small cafes and pubs a minute or two away from the venue, though we recommend bringing a packed lunch if possible. Your ticket covers both your admission and refreshments on the day, along with the use of hired scores.

Please arrive in good time to ensure that we have sufficient time for registration, introductions and refreshments. Our vocal warmups will start promptly at 11:00.
The day will conclude with an informal performance of the music at approximately 4.00pm to which you are very welcome to invite friends and family.

£20 general admission, £10 students and those under 21. In advance from Ticketsource


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Come and Sing Handel's Israel in Egypt with Farnham and Bourne Choral Society. 10am - 4.30 pm. South Farnham School, Menin Way GU9 9DY. Cost £15 (Score hire for the day £5) For more details visit or email

22 September 2018

Come & Sing Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace . Join the Wooburn Singers with musical director Tom Hammond-Davies, accompanist Simon Howat & professional soloists: Dr Challoners High School, Little Chalfont, HP7 9QB. Registration from 9.45, downbeat at 10:30, final run-through 17.00-18.00 - Price: £20 (groups £15, students £5) including music hire. Lunch: bring a packed lunch or pre-order a Ploughman’s lunch for £6 - Info:

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Participants – details of rehearsals etc…   - from the venue Box Office 020 7222 1061