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

17 November 2018

Come and sing Vaughan Williams´ Dona nobis pacem at Lichfield Cathedral.

Spend the day singing in the iconic, beautiful spaces of Lichfield Cathedral with soloists from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, accompanied by Martyn Rawles and conducted by Paul Spicer.

Paul Spicer is one the UK’s most widely respected choral conductors. He teaches at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he conducts the Chamber Choir, and is a regular guest conductor with the BBC Singers. Martyn Rawles is Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Lichfield Cathedral, where he directs the girl choristers and plays for the majority of services.

Dona nobis pacem was written by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1936 to celebrate the centenary of the Huddersfield Choral Society. It is a passionate, heartfelt plea for peace, and came about as a result of his experience of the Great War, and the growing threat of a new World War around the corner.

The day will end with a public performance at 16.15 which is free to attend. You are welcome to bring family and friends for the performance.

£20 general admission (£18 for students) including score hire and refreshments on arrival and in the afternoon. Buy in advance from or request a booking form from Oliver Birch, 01543 622460.

17 November 2018

Come and Sing choruses from Haydn's The Creation with Musica Vera at Holy Apostles Church, London Road, Cheltenham.  Registration from 1.00 pm followed by the first rehearsal at 1.30 pm.  The event will conclude with a free informal concert at 7.30 pm to which members of the public are invited.  The event will be directed by Musica Vera's professional conductor David Dewar.  Registration fee £20.00 (early bird £18.00 until 14 October.) This includes provision of a vocal score (Novello edition) and tea, coffee and biscuits during the breaks.

Singers can register on our website:
or email the Secretary for a Registration form:

17 November 2018

Louth Choral Society is hosting a “Come and Sing” day at St James Church, Louth, Lincolnshire. The choir’s Musical Director, Allan Smith, will lead us through choruses from Bach - B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, St John’s Passion plus Wachet Auf and Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, together with Handel choruses from Messiah, Samson, Judas Maccabaeus, Alexander’s Feast and his wonderful coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest. A feast of greats from the two master choral composers.
A basic ability to read music will be an advantage but is not essential. Registration commences at 10am and the concert will commence at 4pm. The cost of taking part is £10 (Under 25 free). Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. The fee includes the loan of the vocal scorecontaining all the music to be rehearsed and performed. The day will end with a concert performance, which will be free of charge to anyone.  Audience members will be invited to donate whatever they think the performance was worth at the end!

If you wish to take part in this event, please telephone 01472 840234 or email  Further details can be found on If you would like to come to the concert, just come along!

10 December Come and Sing Handel Messiah with Ruddington & District Choral Society. St Peter's Church, Ruddington 7.30 p.m. If you wish to sing and have your own copy of Handel's Messiah please bring it with you. There will be some copeis available to borrow. You are also welcome just to come and listen. Tickets £6.00 incl. refreshments from Perkins Harware , Ruddington, Choir members (Tel 0115 922451) or on the door. Further details can be found at
12 January 2019

Come and Sing Mozart Requiem with the Maidstone Singers. St Faith’s Church, Station Road, Maidstone ME14 1LH at 2.30 to 7.30 pm (performance at 6.30pm). Rehearsal and performance £12.00 to non-members including tea (£10.00 to TMS members) - Audience tickets at £5.00

Please print and complete the application form on our website (copies available from TMS choir members) and return it together with your payment to: Marilyn Scott, 73 Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 4BS. Tel: 01622 737916 Email:

12 January 2019

Come & Sing choruses from Mozart’s Requiem with Highworth Choral Society, under the guidance of our musical director Jacki Pattenden, and accompanied by Christine Williams on the piano. The workshop will take place in the relaxed atmosphere of Highworth Methodist Church, Lechlade Road, Highworth, SN6 7HG.
Registration will be at 10:30-11:00am. The workshop will commence at 11:00am and finish at 4:30pm. The cost will be £15.00 + £5.00 for score hire. We will be using the New Novello, Druce edition of the score.
Full details are provided on the HCS website, where a registration form may also be downloaded.

19 January 2019

The Big Sing in aid of CPSL Mind - Great St Mary s Church, Cambridge CB2 3PQ Rehearsal 2-4.30pm (chorus registration from 1.15pm) Performance 6-7pm

The Big Sing is a major focus of this season s programme for the New Cambridge Singers. This event brings together singers from all over the region and allows to us to raise significant funds for our charity partner - this year we are working with CPSL Mind. The next Big Sing will be on Saturday 19 January 2019. New Cambridge Singers would like to invite your choir s members to come and take part, and I hope you can forward this e mail to them to encourage them to join us.

Graham Walker will be directing the massed choir and the Sinfonia of Cambridge in Fauri s Requiem, as well as his Cantique de Jean Racine and Mozart s Ave Verum Corpus. Three much loved works, which many of you will know.

At our last Big Sing, we had over 400 singers and NCS was able to donate #7000 for Macmillan Cancer Care. This year we are hoping to raise a similar amount for CPSL Mind. As a choral singer you will be well aware of the fantastic benefit singing together brings to our mental well-being, and so we are thrilled that this singing event will be able to raise money for such a relevant cause. CPSL Mind is the local mental health charity for Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire with whom NCS has been working for the past season. Whilst much of the work of CPSL Mind is funded by the public health authorities, we want to help them raise money for the vital extra costs of The Sanctuary. This provides a safe place for individuals experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis, who are over the age of 16. It offers practical and emotional support in a warm, welcoming and friendly environment.

Do please help us raise money for this fantastic cause, and come and enjoy a great afternoon s music making.

Singers should book in advance if they can at Cambridge Live. 01223 357851 or go to
Tickets are £20, and this includes all the music for the day.

People who just want to come to the performance can buy a ticket on the door of the church only, not in advance, for £10.

Students £5 to sing or listen.

Please e mail for more information.

And thank you for helping us do something positive for a mental health charity.

19 January 2019

Come and Sing Mozart's Requiem with the Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir at Holy Trinity Church, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington Spa. CV32 5RG. 10.00 - 4.00 with performance for family and friends at 3.30. Conducted by Christopher Cromar, accompanied by Colin Druce.
£20 including score hire. All welcome, tea and coffee available, please bring a packed lunch. For details contact or the website

26 January 2019

Come & Sing Workshop in Banstead, Surrey 10.30 - 4.00pm Join St Cecilia Chorus for an informal day of singing music on the theme of Birdsong. Learn new music, gain experience singing with a choir and develop your vocal technique. No choir experience necessary but music reading ability is recommended. Led by James Dixon, Conductor of St Cecilia Chorus, Banstead. Banstead Community Junior School, The Horseshoe, SM7 2BQ (pay & display parking). Tickets £15 (includes music hire, tea and coffee) from or 07796 348226  More details from St Cecilia Chorus, Banstead Musical Society 

26 January 2019

Come and sing Vaughan Williams 'Sea Symphony'

Brighten up a winter’s day with inspirational tales of the sea from Ralph Vaughan Williams – beautiful music to help your soul set sail.

Our Come and Sing at Normandy Village Hall gives you the opportunity to experience this glorious work as part of a large choir – the chance to revisit a much-loved piece or to discover it for the first time.

Join us, conductor Jeremy Backhouse and accompanist Francis Pott for a wonderful day’s learning, singing and fun.
The day costs £24 and this includes music hire, tea and/or coffee throughout the day, and a delicious lunch of homemade soup and quiche.

Our annual Vivace ‘Come and Sing’ day is extremely popular and usually sells out. Please apply early to secure your place.
The last date for receipt of applications is 19th January but please note, only limited number of places is available!
No refunds are given after 17th December.

Programme: Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

Reigistration starts at 10am. Singing begins 10:30am.

Performers: Members of Vivace Chorus and anybody and everybody who enjoys singing great choral music.

Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse

26 January 2019 Come and Sing Handel Messiah with Streatham Choral Society Streatham Space Project, Streatham, London SW2 4PA 10:00 -  17:00.

Join conductor, Calum Fraser, and members of Streatham Choral to develop your vocal skills and sing your heart out to choruses from Handel's timeless Messiah.

We are very excited to be taking over the entirety of the Streatham Space Project so expect an amazing atmosphere!

The vocal development section of the day will focus on the finer skills that singers don't always have time to cover at weekly rehearsals. Whatever your singing level, our workshops are tailored for you - whether you are brand new to singing or have been singing for years! Singers will rotate round each of three workshops: voice coaching, small consort singing and music theory. Improve your ability to sing, to read music and sing in harmony with our professionals.

The day will conclude with a free informal performance at which friends and family are welcome. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Streatham Choral Society.

  • 9.30am - Registration / tea & coffee

  • 10am - Vocal development workshops

  • 1pm - Lunch

  • 1.30pm - Come & Sing Registration

  • 2pm - Come & sing Handel’s Messiah

  • 5pm - Informal performance


  • £15 - Workshops only

  • £10 - Come & Sing only

  • £20 - Full day

More details visit

26 January 2019

Come and Sing Music for Royalty: Handel – Coronation Anthems Parry – I was Glad; Blest Pair of Sirens at St. Mary’s, Church Road, Barnes. SW13 9HL

A special choir will be formed for the day, involving members of The Barnes Choir and you, our guests. Julian Collings, our director, will be working intensively with us on the music, and will provide performance insights. For the Handel we will be working from the OUP edition, and from the Novello editions for the Parry. Scores can be hired for the day.

The timetable is: 09.30 – 10.00 Registration. Tea/coffee available. 10.00 – 13.00 Rehearsal with a break for tea/coffee at 11.30. 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch. Bring your own or try one of Barnes’ many eateries. 14.00 – 15.30 Rehearsal followed by tea/coffee. 16.00 – 17.00 Performance. No dress code. Please invite family and friends free of charge.

Singers’ tickets are £20. Score hire is £1 for the Handel and £1 for the two Parrys.

To register, please visit
Enquiries to:

2 February 2019

Come and Sing Handel´s Samson with Chester Bach Singers at All Saints´ Church, Hoole, Chester 12.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. More details from

2 February 2019

Come & Sing Verdi Requiem - The London Chorus invites you to join this event on Saturday 2nd February 2019 at St Alban the Martyr, 18 Brooke Street, London EC1N 7RD. Conductor: Ronald Corp, Vocal coach: Sam Evans, Organist: Edward Batting

Registration 1.15-2pm, Rehearsal 2-5.30 pm, Performance 6pm. Participant tickets £20 + £3 music hire, Audience tickets £10
To book email: More information:

23 February 2019 Come and Sing Poulenc: Gloria with Eversley Choir. 10.00 am - 5.00 pm: St. Oswald's Church, Warton, Cumbria. Organised by Eversley Choir (Conductor: Ian Jones). Full details available
2 March 2019

Chester Music Society present Come and Sing: ‘Inspired by Shakespeare…’

Bernstein: West Side Story; Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music and songs by Moeran, Arne, Wood and Quilter

The King’s School
Wrexham Road
ChesterCH4 7QL
Fee: £20 including score hire and refreshments.
For more information
Tel. 0151 336 5088


To celebrate a centenary of Bernstein, using works inspired by Shakespeare, the choir day provides an opportunity for choir members, as well as aspiring singers, to improve singing skills away from the demands of a busy concert rehearsal schedule.
Graham Jordan Ellis has been the Music Director of CMS since 1996. An experienced freelance conductor of both choral and orchestral music, Graham has worked with numerous choral and operatic societies and conducted many memorable concerts. He was Director of Music at Birkenhead School for over thirty years.
Graham Eccles has been Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Asaph and Bangor Cathedrals and currently conducts both Colwyn Bay and St Asaph Choral Societies. He is in demand as an Organ Recitalist in the UK, Europe and beyond and regularly plays for the Daily Service on BBC Radio 4. Graham is accompanist for Chester Music Society Choir.

2 March 2019

Come and Sing with Dartington Community Choir (workshop and concert) at Buckfast Abbey, South Devon.

Matthew Coleridge : Requiem
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs

Conducted by the composer, Matthew Coleridge

An  opportunity not to be missed!  During the day learn Dorset based Matthew Coleridge's much acclaimed Requiem with the composer himself as well as Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs. Then after dinner in The Grange Restaurant give an evening performance at 7.30pm in the Abbey with the amazing new Ruffatti organ and soloists. 

Price for participants  includes the workshop, morning coffee, dinner and evening concert. Concert tickets £10 available from The Abbey Further details on DCC web site

6 April 2019 Come and Sing Beethoven Mass in C – hosted by Worcester Festival Choral Society

10:15am (registration from 9:30am) – 5pm
Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2LA

Join amateur singers from across the country for this one-day choral workshop hosted by Worcester Festival Choral Society, exploring Beethoven’s majestic Mass in C in the magnificent surroundings of Worcester Cathedral.  

In the company of 100+ other musically minded people, you’ll enjoy an engaging, one-day rehearsal of Beethoven’s superb Mass in C, led by Worcester Cathedral director of music Dr Peter Nardone and accompanist, and seated with others in your voice part (SATB). You don't have to have choral experience, but some ability to read music is useful.

We’ll lend you a vocal score for the day, and lay on free tea and coffee within the ticket price. You can also pre-order one of our delicious packed lunches, treat yourself to our home-made cake, or eat at one of historic Worcester's many cafés. After the day’s three singing sessions, we conclude with an informal afternoon performance which family and friends can attend free of charge.

Adults £20. Full time students £10 (under 18s accompanied by an adult).
Book online at from January 2019
Downloadable PDF information form (including postable booking slip) also available at the WFCS website from January 2019  

11 May 2019 Come and Sing Gilbert & Sullivan The Gondoliers with Chester Bach Singers at St Mary's Creative Space, Chester 1 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. More details from
18 May 2019

Come and Sing Bach's St John Passion with the Croydon Bach Choir under the inspirational direction of Tim Horton, our Music Director and William Munks who will accompany on the piano.

This full day's workshop is open to singers of any standard who are able to follow a score. It will be held in the modern, light and airy St Matthew's Church, Chicester Rd, CR0 5NQ, which has excellent facilities, including easy access for the disabled, a small car park and plenty of pay and display parking. Ticket prices include tea, coffee, (lots of) cake and biscuits during the breaks. The day will end with an informal public performance.

Tickets for singers are £20.00 (including score hire) and free for students. Tickets for the evening performance are free. Register at
and email with any queries.