The Shopwyke Singers are a chamber choir based at Westbourne House School on the outskirts of Chichester. Founded in 1994 by the school’s Director of Music, Alex Dichmont, the choir was originally formed from the parent body at the school, some of whom still sing with the group. Over the years, membership has widened and the choir currently numbers over thirty singers who perform twice a year in the beautiful surroundings of Boxgrove Priory (right). Alongside performances, there are a number of social events through the year, including a ‘Come and Sing’ afternoon and a ramble followed by a pub lunch.
The choir are busily preparing for their next concert, which takes place on Sunday 21st May, where they will perform Haydn’s Mass in time of War and Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise, accompanied by organist Matthew Cooke.
The choir’s repertoire is broad, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day, and although it is mostly sacred there are occasions when the choir sings more light-hearted, secular music. Rehearsals take place on a Tuesday evening during term time, from 7.30-9.30 at the school’s Millennium Hall. Membership is open to anyone with a love of music, and although the ability to read music is an advantage, it is not a necessity. If you are interested in joining the choir, please get in touch with Alex Dichmont on 01243 770756.
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