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Singing + Choirs

A page for choirs and groups.  Some of these might be suitable for children/young people.  If not specified it might be worth contacting the organisers to see.

Click on the relevant links below to be taken to each section or scroll up and down the page.

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Logo with charity numberAldeburgh Music Club

Aldeburgh Music Club is one of the leading choirs in East Anglia with over 100 members.

We organise three major concerts each year of which two are held in Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

For our concerts we are joined by professional soloists and orchestras.

Our repertoire includes oratorios, opera, contemporary and commissioned works. The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from early September to late May.

New members are always welcome – beginners as well as experienced singers.

The choir provides expert support and tuition with the aim that all members become accomplished singers who can share the enjoyment of making music together at the highest possible standard.

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Aldeburgh Voices

Based in Snape Maltings, Suffolk

Looking for experienced singers

£75 subs a year

Meet every Thursday at Snape and works towards projects

Conducted by Ben Parry

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!cid_94570FB0-6D26-48D1-AB66-D5CF6106D918@homeA New Song Community Choir

We are one of Ipswich’s newest community choirs, based at Burlington Church Centre, London Road and launching on Monday March 3rd.

Whether you’ve been singing for years or never sung before you’ll enjoy music old and new, from pop and gospel to classical, world music to folk songs.

An informal and fun community, relaxed by challenging and rewarding – open to everyone – no experience necessary! No auditions, no solos (unless you want one!) and we don’t mind if you can’t read music.

As we develop we plan to hold workshops, performance at local venues and social events during the year.

Rehearsals are twice a month on Monday evenings at 8pm – just come whenever you can.

We meet on the first floor of Burlington Church Centre, London Road, Ipswich IP1 2EZ. Email for rehearsal dates, or go to our website

There’s no charge, but donations are welcome for refreshments.

Our choirmaster, Andrew Gosden, is music director at Burlington Baptist Church and has many years of experience singing in and conducting choirs. He has conducted the Illuminati Chamber choir in Woodbridge for a number of years and leads workplace choirs with BT at Adastral Park (where he works) and also with John Lewis/Waitrose in Ipswich.

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Diamond

Diamond is a singing group containing a diverse range of artists with the intention of raising money for the charity Cancer Research UK through performing at various events and gigs across the region.

Formed in the summer of 2013 the group is run by siblings Gareth and Gemma Grayston. The initial idea arose from Gareth, who was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer himself back in 2009. Now all clear, he is intending on giving back through this venture to the cause, which gave him so much support throughout his treatment and recovery.

We rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings from 7.00pm – 8:30pm at a venue near to Christchurch Park in the Ipswich Town Centre and are always open for new members.

Or visit one of these websites for more information about us:

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Felixstowe Community Choir

Felixstowe Community Choir is a choir for over 18 year olds who enjoy singing pop song and songs from musicals.

It meets weekly on a Monday at The Orwell Hotel.

Around 60-100 men and women of all ages attend and are developing a repertoire of songs from The Beatles to Adele.

There is no audition to join, and singers do not need to read music, as sheet music is not used.

Singers assemble from 7.00pm, (when the bar is open!) and singing begins at 7.30pm.

The weekly fee is £4 per person payable on the door and a weekly raffle is held to raise money for charity.

The choir founder is Rachel Sloane and their pianist conductor is Emily Bennett from Felixstowe, a professional musician and teacher, who gets every one laughing, singing and learning harmonies – including the majority of members who have never sung in a choir before.

Although the aim of the choir is to have fun singing rather than do performances, members do like to show off what they have learnt to their family and friends and so the choir holds occasional “casual concerts” as part of a social evening.

For more information visit: www.felixstowecommunitychoir.org.uk or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Funky Voices

A singing group/choir for adults (16yrs +) of all abilities – Singing rock, pop, gospel & disco.

Every Monday:

At Jane Lapotaire Drama Studio, Northgate Arts Centre, Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich IP4 3DF – 7.45pm – 9.45pm

Every Friday:

Kesgrave Conference Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave IP5 1JF – 7.45 – 9.45pm

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Funky Voices Modern Youth Choir

  • Weekly Rehearsals starting June 2013

For those aged 11-16 years old wanting to sing modern, upbeat songs by artists such as Michael Jackson, Take That, Lady Gaga, Queen, record an album and release it on iTunes, perform in London’s famous West End and be involved in events throughout the local area.

  • Rehearsals will take place on a termly basis and will be full of fun and enjoyment!
  • No audition or experience necessary!
  • Starting Friday 7 June: 5.00pm – 6.30pm
  • Jerwood Dance House, Dance East, Ipswich IP4 1DW

Claim your FREE taster session now!

Email: info@funkyvoices.co.uk or visit: www.funkyvoices.co.uk to register

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GLOW Choir East

GLOWchoireast is a brand new LGBT choir for Suffolk and Essex.

GLOW stands for Gay, Lesbian or Whatever) and is a space for all Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans folk, and our family and friends, to sing together, irrespective of experience.

GLOW is a Natural Voice choir, which means there are no auditions, no limits to the repertoire, no judgment and no limits!

Come and join the Eastern GLOW!

It takes place Sunday afternoons, every month: 1.15pm – 5.15pm at Kesgrave Community Centre.

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Hadleigh Community Choir

Membership of the choir is open to anyone over the age of 16 and under the age of 80. There are no auditions nor do you need to read music (but it will help if you can). We welcome anyone who isn’t confident about singing but would like to give it a go. Do, however, expect to work hard to reach a ‘performance’ standard in singing and to become reasonably proficient in following a music score.

The choir is mixed (male and female) for the people of South Suffolk and North Essex and is based in Hadleigh, Suffolk. The repertoire ranges across many eras. It is popular and light and includes traditional, contemporary, blues, folk and, occasionally, religious and classical pieces. For those familiar with choir structures, we are SATB. Our aim is to be serious about singing and performing but at the same time we encourage a friendly and supportive environment where all members can socialize and enjoy the company of like-minded people.

Rehearsals are held weekly, roughly in line with the school year, on Thursday evenings starting promptly at 7:30pm. Each rehearsal lasts about 2¼ hours including a short refreshment break half way through. Public performances will be given at which funds will be raised for charity and other good causes.

A modest subscription is payable at every weekly rehearsal attended. This goes towards the venue hire and professional fees for the MD and accompanist. There is also an annual membership fee of £20 payable after you have been to a few rehearsals (that gives you time to try us out before committing yourself). The annual membership fee includes personal and public liability insurance cover for all choir members.

If you are interested in joining the choir call Peter on 01473 824033 or visit our website:  http://hadscommunitychoir.onesuffolk.net/welcome/

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Ipswich Choral Society

Ipswich Choral Society is a friendly choir of some 80 members. It was formed in 1824 and is the second oldest choral society in England. Under the musical directorship of Stephen Rumsey, the Society has attracted a membership with a wide range of musical experiences and has entertained the public with performances across a wide musical repertoire.

We rehearse on Tuesday nights at Northgate Arts Centre, Ipswich, and present three main concerts each year and we perform at Ipswich Music Day each year. Our Christmas community concert raises money for a variety of charities, and occasionally we accept invitations for additional concerts in aid of local charities.

Ipswich Choral Society is pleased to have as its President the international conductor Cem Mansur, who has conducted the choir three times in the UK, most recently at Snape Maltings Concert Hall and twice in Turkey when members of the choir were invited to perform at the Istanbul International Music Festival and the Izmir Festival. The Society has also performed in a number of other countries including France, Austria, Turkey and Italy. These have been fantastic opportunities for choir members to experience new venues, meet and perform with other choirs and to socialise with each other.

Ipswich Choral Society meets every Tuesday evening with rehearsals starting at 7.30pm, Northgate Arts Centre, Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich IP4 3DF. Come and sing with Ipswich Choral Society by joining one of our open rehearsals held throughout the year.

Visit www.ipswichchoralsociety.org  for details or contact Laura Albins, our recruitment officer, by phone 01473 271070 or email recruitment@ipswichchoralsociety.org.

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Ipswich Hospital Community Choir

The Ipswich Hospital Community Choir exists in order to provide a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can join together in the pure pleasure of singing. We are in no way a formal choral society, instead we are a very relaxed and fun group.

We are affiliated with the Ipswich Hospital and, as such, are regularly asked to perform at hospital events.

We sing a variety of pop and show songs in three part SAT (sporano, alto tenor) harmony. No audition is required to sing with us, just a basic ability to hear the music.

Rehearsals take place each Thursday from 6.00pm -7.30pm in the Hospital Chapel (though we are not a church choir) and there are currently no costs associated with being a member!

Email or Tweet us for further information!

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Music In Our Bones

Music In Our Bones runs accessible, affordable singing workshops on fortnightly Monday afternoons and evenings in Ipswich Library and fortnightly Tuesday early evenings at Margery Girling House in Felixstowe which seek to overcome the barriers to accessing singing many people face.

Jennie Fisk, Fran Flower and Tracy Sharp team teach harmony songs from a wide variety of traditions by ear.

Each session stands alone and we hope is satisfying in its own right as we seldom perform. Having said that an annual flash mob experience has been great to establish!

Have a look at our website www.musicinourbones.btck.co.uk for more details or phone 0785 339 7215.

  • New people join us all the time so do try us!

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New Voices Singing Group

New Voices is a friendly, enthusiastic choir who sing a wide repertoire of songs in various musical styles.

The choir is open to everyone, regardless of musical ability.

Our aim is to encourage people to enjoy singing together as a choir.

  • No audition is necessary to join.
  • New Voices meet on Wednesdays from 7.30pm and new members always welcome.
  • There is a break halfway through for refreshments.
  • We rehearse at the Seventh Adventist Church, Rope Walk, Ipswich, IP4 1ND.
  • There is a small car park next to the church and street parking on Rope Walk after 6.00pm.

For more information, statements and arrangements please Email Fenella via info@new-voices.org.uk or visit: www.newvoices.org.uk

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Orwell Connection

Orwell Connection is a community choir based in the Felixstowe area of Suffolk.

We have around 30 members, singing 3 or 4 part harmony items in a broad range of musical styles; we rehearse on Tuesday evenings.

The key factor is that you are able to sing, and enjoy singing, you don’t have to be able to read music (although it really helps).

We aim to perform at least 2 concerts in May, and 2 at Christmas; all of the proceeds go to local charities. For each concert programme, all the music is provided together with a CD of your vocal line (e.g. Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass). Everyone is encouraged to practice singing their respective part at home during the week.

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Phoenix Singers

Phoenix Singers is an amateur choral society that was founded by musician Malcolm Russell in 1976.

We are based in the historic and lively market town of Framlingham in east Suffolk.

With a choir of some 60 mixed voices we perform three concerts a year, mainly of sacred/liturgical but occasionally secular music, using the space and fine acoustic of St Michael’s parish church.

Sometimes we combine forces with other choirs to perform a major work.

We occasionally give our summer concert at Framlingham College. 

We also arrange a concert of Christmas music and readings each year in St Michael’s.

For most concerts Phoenix Singers engages professional soloists and a small orchestra of mostly professional musicians, with the aim of giving a high standard of performance.

For more information visit: http://phoenixsingers.onesuffolk.net/welcome-to-phoenix-singers/

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Shared Voices Community Choir

A Community Choir for Suffolk and Essex

Shared Voices usually meets roughly once a month for a self contained workshop where anybody can come along and have fun learning some songs from around the world. No singing experience or ability to read music is necessary.

The normal workshops are usually from 10.30 am to 1.00pm with a break for drinks.

Check the Singing Diary on our website for details of dates, times and locations.

Our workshops open about 15 minutes before the start time for tea/coffee etc.

♦   Shared Voices charges: £7.00 for those who are working / have the means and £4.00 for those on benefits or basic state pension. Special events will have their own charges dependent on the leaders.

For more information/new programme please visit: www.sharedvoices.org.uk/ or Tel: Clive Barker – 01473 611171

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Singing with Chris Rowbury

“I believe that anybody can sing, and that singing should be accessible to all. In the singing workshops I run, no experience is needed, all songs are taught by ear, and I avoid all unnecessary musical jargon. Whether you’ve only ever sung in the bath, or already sing in a choir, I will soon have you singing together in glorious harmony!”

Please visit my website where you can book me to run a workshop for you, buy any of my harmony song arrangements and find out where my next singing workshop will be.

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Suffolk Singers

Suffolk Singers is a small, sociable choir of 25-35 regular members. Our repertoire is mainly unaccompanied and ranges from music of the Renaissance to folk songs, spirituals and light music.

We hold 4-5 concerts a year and in addition we sing at a wide range of events including weddings, entertainments and music festivals.

Our Music Director Claire Weston is a previous principal soprano with English National Opera. We are very fortunate in that Claire often treats us to a vocal master-class at our rehearsals.

Please visit our website www.suffolksingers.co.uk for more information about the choir’s activities, hear recordings of us singing, enquire about booking the choir for an event or choir membership. 

If you are interested in joining Suffolk Singers you can email us at newmember@suffolksingers.co.uk.  Previous experience of singing in a choir and moderate sight-reading ability would be beneficial and you will need to be confident with singing unaccompanied music. You will be invited to attend a couple of rehearsals to find out what sort of group we are and how well you will fit in. If you like us, and our music, you will be asked to have a short informal audition. You do not need to prepare anything for the audition beforehand, as it will involve singing something we have been working on in the rehearsal. If successful, should there be no vacancy available for your voice at that point, you will be placed on a waiting list and advised as soon as one becomes available.

We aim to enjoy ourselves as well as attain a high standard of performance. We work hard at our rehearsals, but we are also good at relaxing together at our annual Summer barbeque and Christmas party (and any other excuse for a party which presents itself!). You will be expected to be able to attend rehearsals regularly.  We meet every Thursday evening from 8pm to 10pm in Otley village hall – about 8 miles North of Ipswich.

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Suffolk Soul Singers

Suffolk Soul Singers are a community-based project in Ipswich, with members from Ipswich and the surrounding areas.

Formed in October 2009 they are a 40-strong diverse group of individuals, united by a love of singing.

Supported by a professional live band, the choir’s performances are a unique musical experience full of energy and excitement.

S.S.S. are a vocal group, but by no means a conventional choir. As the name suggests, their repertoire is taken from soul and gospel roots, as well as contemporary artists, encompassing modern gospel influenced music such as soul, reggae and pop.

Led by local professional singer and musician Andi Hopgood, all the music is arranged by her for the group, giving a new twist to well known classics and introducing lesser-known material.

We aim to spread happiness wherever we go by keeping the music soulful, funky and most importantly… LIVE!!!

For more information visit: http://www.suffolksoulsingers.org.uk

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The Gippeswyk Singers

The Gippeswyk Singers – the name comes from the Anglo-Saxon name for Ipswich – founded in 1972, are a chamber choir who perform several concerts each year supporting local charities.

It is a friendly group with about forty members, whose repertoire includes a wide range of vocal genres from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.

Under the musical direction of Geoff Lavery, rehearsals are held at 7.30pm on a Monday evening, in St Johns URC Church, Cowper St, Ipswich.

We are a non audition choir.

Our repertoire includes Classical, Madrigals, Carols, Comic, Folk, Spirituals.

Our venues include Churches, Village Halls,  Barns, Pubs, Private Homes.

We sing to raise funds for Charities, also for your Birthday, Wedding and Anniversary  celebrations etc.

For more information:

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The Ipswich Bach Choir

  •  New members are most welcome to join the Ipswich Bach Choir.

We meet for rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, between September and Easter at Rose Hill Primary School, Derby Road, Ipswich IP3 8DL

We spend a term preparing for each of the two concerts a year – in early December and just before Easter.

There are no auditions so, if you enjoy singing and have some previous singing experience and can read music a little, do come and join us. Music is available for hire at a small cost.

Please contact us for more information:  Phone: 01394 271538 or 01394 283052 or just turn up to a rehearsal or visit our website where you can find out more about us or fill in an Email enquiry form: http://www.ipswichbachchoir.org.uk/

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The Rabble Chorus

We are a community choir with three Suffolk groups, an evening one in Easton, and two daytime choirs in Woodbridge and Needham Market.

We sing Highbrow, Lowbrow and anything in-between!

We don’t audition or make anyone sing solo, we don’t mind if you have never sung before or whether you can read music.

We are amateurs but we make a lovely noise and we absolutely enjoy it.

  • Come and join us; you’d be very welcome

For more information visit: www.TheRabbleChorus.co.uk

We are also @RabbleChorus on Twitter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RabbleChorus

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The VIPs - Barbershop Harmony Singing in Suffolk

  • We are the only Men’s Barbershop Chorus in Suffolk.

Glorious harmonies – yes, striped waistcoats and boaters no!

If you love singing the wonderful melodies of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s through to the ‘standards’ of the present day and even fancied yourself as a Warbler in Glee, then this is the group for you.

This new group is starting on 4th June 2013 at Christchurch Main Hall, High Street, Needham Market IP6 8AP and every Tuesday from 8.00pm – 10.00pm.

Contact Brian or Gaynor for more details on 01449 760532

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Trianon Music Group

Trianon Music Group is a non professional symphony orchestra and choir, with 220 regularly performing members.

The Group performs three major concerts each year, of music to suit all tastes, regularly at Ipswich Corn Exchange as well as other venues on a less frequent basis, such as the world renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall. In addition, smaller groups of singers and instrumentalists perform smaller scale concerts across the region in aid of charities with a local connection.

The ‘major concerts’ are performed – and as far as possible rehearsals held – during university holidays, giving students who would otherwise be ‘away’ studying or people who are members of other groups who meet during term time, the opportunity to perform with us. This arrangement has existed since the Group began in 1959.

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Tutti Frutti Voices

Felixstowe based Tutti Frutti Voices is a keen and enthusiastic group which performs songs from the choral repertoire as well as rock and pop, folk, jazz and blues, and songs from the musicals.

It is open to everyone, regardless of musical ability, and no audition or previous experience singing in a choir is necessary.

Our aim is to inspire creativity and encourage people to enjoy singing as part of a group.  Singing in a choir can be great fun, extremely rewarding and an uplifting experience.

Our repertoire includes songs by Bob Chilcott, David Childs, Laura Farnell, Cold Play, Queen, Creed, Elgar, Bob Dylan,  Karl Jenkins  and Paul Mealor.

Rehearsals are relaxed, informal and fun and we meet every Tuesday during the school term (including half term) between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

Members are encouraged to choose songs and Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift is proving to be a popular choice with the ladies! Masquerade was also one of the favourites at the recently staged Music Showcase where the choir were invited to join music students of Chandra James, Music Director and Carol Goates, at this yearly event.

This dynamic singing group comprises a growing membership and is often joined by other instrumentalists.

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Voices Together – Choral Group

We are an all female singing group of all ages and abilities.

We meet every Wednesday evening between 7:30pm and 9.00pm at Whitehouse Baptist Church, Waterford Road, Ipswich, IP1 5NW

If you’d like to come along please give Kath a ring on 01473 652351.

We’re a very friendly bunch!