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Meet The 2024 Choirs

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Guildford Rock Choir

Rock Choir is the UK’s leading contemporary award-winning choir experience offering local weekly rehearsals, performances, and life-affirming events to more than 400 towns and communities across the UK. 

Rock Choir was created by singer and musician, Caroline Redman Lusher and remains a family-run organisation originating in Farnham, Surrey in 2005.   

The choirs have been run for the past 16 years by Thomas George and performed in a number high profile performances both locally and across the whole of the UK raising in excess of £300,000 for charity in that time.

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Kudos Gospel Choir

After winning the BBC’s Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year 2024, Kudos is looking forward to inspiring new audiences near and far.

 

Kudos Gospel Choir is a vibrant and passionate musical collective that exudes the joy and power of gospel music. 

 

Formed in November 2019, just four months before the onset of global lockdowns, Kudos Gospel Choir has persevered and has had the privilege of uplifting people through some of their most challenging times.

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Farncombe Jazz Choir

Farncombe Jazz Choir is a contemporary choir known for their unique and exquisite a cappella arrangements, strong performance skills and audience engagement. This group of elite singers will bring you a choir experience like no other. Prepared to be BLASTED. 

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The HALOW Project

The Halow Project is a charity that gives young people the opportunity to be independent in a world where this may not always be possible. The music group is led by Phoebe Gaydon and Atalia Welch. 

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MbM Contemporary Gospel Choirs

Motivation by Music Contemporary Gospel Choirs are inclusive of all abilities, believing that everyone deserves to experience the joy of singing together. Through connection, community, hard work and a willingness to say "yes!", we believe that excellence is possible. Founded and led by multi-award winning singer/songwriter, Choir Director and businesswoman, Emily Bollon, the choir enjoy learning songs with a rich lyrical content. Rehearsals, just like performances, are fun and engaging - full of laughter and precious moments of connection. MbM Merrow, MbM Woking, MbM Guildford and MbM At Home join together for ChoirBLAST.

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Tongue & Groove

Winners of the 2021 Community Choir Festival, Tongue & Groove are an amateur choir that teams a professional Musical Director from theatre with talented and dedicated amateur performers.

We are all about engaging with the audience and putting on a good show.
 

Born in 2017 from a love of performing, Tongue & Groove is a Southeast London vocal
group that is all about engaging with the audience and putting on a good show.
One of our singers describes Tuesday night rehearsals as being “Super-food for my mental health”.


We are thrilled to have been invited to sing at ChoirBLAST!

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Backstage At
The Meath

The Meath Backstage Choir is the vocal group created at The Meath Epilepsy Charity. This joyously effervescent choir brings the people supported by The Meath Epilepsy Charity together each week to sing their favourite songs while signing in Makaton. The Choir have performed at Meath events, St Clement Danes Church in London and have even surprised local shoppers with a supermarket flash mob! These performers will have you on your feet but also will pull at your heartstrings. A choir not to be missed!

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Cora

Much like their namesake, Cora, the Goddess of Spring, The Cora Quartet’s harmonies will lift your spirits and bring a little extra joy to your day. With soulful passion, their four warm voices blend flawlessly in reimagined versions of your favourite jazz standards, contemporary pieces and original arrangements. The full female line-up invites you to get your feet tapping and hands clapping to their melodious performances. This professional quartet will blend beautifully into your day. 

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Guildford Jazz Choir

This choir brings the old and the new together, singing jazz classics to contemporary hits. A youthful group of people who know how to have fun while performing their hearts out. Led by Phoebe Gaydon and accompanied by Atalia Welch, these performers will get you dancing and singing along. 

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Godalming Jazz Choir

Formed by Phoebe Gaydon and accompanied by Alex Howe, the vision for this choir was a fun friendly place for people of all abilities to meet and sing together. Ten years on, it's still that, but GJC's jazz harmonies, powerhouse vocals and energy keep you wanting more and more. 

Follow GJC & GuJC on social!

  • GJC & GUJC on Facebook
  • GJC on Instagram
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Little Town Choir

Born out of friendship & a love of music, Little Town Choir has evolved from 12 to nearly 80 strong over the past 2 years.

 

Lead by Hannah Holley (Musical Director) & Rebbie Wellwood-Green (Co-Founder), LTC brings banging songs, big community & even bigger heart - the best kind of alchemy.

 

Striving to create an experience that feels as good as it sounds, LTC is a musical sanctuary for one & all… and all from the Little Town of Petersfield.

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A Capella

A Cappella is a small choir from Edenbridge, formed at the new Millenium. We started out as a group of mums and teenagers and have gradually blossomed into a satisfying blend of harmony for upper voices, covering a wide range of genres from folk to contemporary. 

 

We enjoy singing at local community events and special occasions and have developed a reputation for specially themed and seasonal programmes. As our repertoire has grown, we have been privileged to perform at prestigious historical venues and this year were thrilled to be among the choirs entertaining Christmas visitors to the Tower of London.

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Music Kids

Music Kids is a fun-singing group for children from 5+ to teenagers, meeting at
Godalming United Church Fridays from 6-6.45pm in term time.


They sing a huge variety of songs from short verses to songs from the musicals
performing at Care Homes, the Godalming Bandstand, Garden Parties, the Pepperpot and Godalming United Church
services, conducted by our MD Dr. James Turner.

They are always looking for new members!

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Choir Leader Meet-Up Choir

 In 2018, local choir leader Polly Murray set up Choir Leader Meet-Up as she recognised a need to get together with other community choir leaders to talk all-things-choir.

The group grew quickly and they met leaders from further afield, but it was during the Pandemic that it really came into its own. They enjoyed regular support meetings on Zoom, making global friendships along the way.

 

Since then, they continue to meet in-person at their new home, the Lightbox in Woking.

 

They couldn't resist forming a choir of leaders and so the 'Choir Leader Meet-Up Choir' now exists purely for ChoirBLAST!

Choir Leader Meet-Up Choir is sponsored by ChoirCommunity

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Guildford Vox Community Choir

Guildford Vox is a popular community choir who meet on Monday evenings at St. Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford.

Their repertoire consists of contemporary and traditional songs from the British Isles and around the world. They learn by call and response and sing rich, unaccompanied harmonies. 

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Soundbytes

Soundbytes is Ashtead's community choir, set up in 2009 by its founder and musical director, Hazel Hannam. It now boasts a membership of around 45 singers from Ashtead and beyond.


At the end of each term the singers put on a FREE concert to not only showcase to friends and family what they've been
working on during the term, but also raises money for local
charities. So far this has totalled over £32,000.


Their repertoire is drawn from mainly pop but will also include
songs from the worlds of jazz and folk, in 3- and 4-part
harmony. Singing; it’s a matter of Life and Breath!

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Godalming Community Gospel Choir

GCGC is a community gospel choir based in Godalming.  We sing a range of contemporary and traditional gospel from the UK and USA, and we love performing at concerts, charity events, prisons and weddings.

 

We are a true community choir,
open to all and our choir members come from all walks of life, faith and no faith. 
We welcome new members to come along to one of our Taster evenings at the beginning of each term.

 

There’s no need to read music, just a desire to sing gospel.

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In Accord

In Accord is a Guildford based ladies a cappella group. Its aim is to develop singing craft at
both individual and group level. They have a high standard of singing, but also enjoy having
fun when rehearsing and performing!


They can adapt to perform at any venue or function, and tailor the programme to the needs of the audience. They often include a demonstration of how their harmonies are formed, and encourage everyone to sing along.
 

Their Musical Director is Sue Lampard. If you’d like us to perform or are interested in
joining, please get in touch.

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Wholenotes Community Choirs

Wholenotes Community Choirs are for those with social anxiety, a learning disability and/or autism.

The choirs rehearse at Guildford United Reformed Church and Camberley Theatre.

 

The choirs are for anyone aged 18+ who can attend with their carer or independently.

 

Wholenotes is a not-for-profit organisation set up and run by Alison Wrigley to enable the members to make friends, develop interpersonal skills, feel a sense of achievement and to help raise self-esteem and confidence through the power of singing and music.

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Archway Choir

Archway Choirs are three non-auditioned community choirs from East Sussex; operating since 2009 and comprising two CCs and one GC. We perform and collaborate together a few times a year.

Our strength is our connection to each other.  There are songs and arrangements in our repertoire that speak directly to the human experience. When we perform SATB arrangements with dramatic and emotional ranges that speak of love, loss and the battle of life, we are truly at our best. It allows us to join together in a poignant union celebrating the community we have all built and that we are so very proud of.

    

"In my heart, and as the person looking at every single face and leading them forward when we perform, there is something unique and transcendent that happens when we perform motivational and unifying songs together. That’s who we are.     We are safe enough together  to surrender our souls in the shared experience of singing with, and for, love and peace." - Jane Reeves 

In 2023, we were joined by...

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Cascade Chorus

Cascade Chorus was founded in 2002, with a group of around 30 local women.

 

Our ages range from 22-75 with different backgrounds but we all have the same passion for singing. Singing brings us together, helping us to make new friends, learn new songs and have lots of fun along the way.

We are Barbershop singers which means there is no backing music, we just use our voices. The chorus is split into four singing parts. Tenors sing the high harmony, Leads sing the main melody, Baritones weave around the main melody and the Basses sing the low harmony.

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Surrey Fringe Chorus

The Guildford Barbershop Harmony Club (AKA Surrey Fringe), is one of the first Barbershop Clubs to be formed in the UK, and has been running for nearly 40 years.

The Surrey Fringe is a group of male four-part harmony singers. We teach people to sing, we perform at public and private functions, and participate in local music festivals. We have competed at the British Association of Barbershop Singers conventions.

Support for local charities is another of our priorities. Each year the members nominate a charity or charities to receive surplus funds from our Concerts and ‘singouts’.

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St John's Community Choir

We are a non-profit community organisation set up to provide a place where people
of all ages and abilities can join together to enjoy singing. We rehearse at St John’s
Memorial hall in Woking, Surrey

 

We sing music from around the world, English folk songs and contemporary arrangements of some old favourites. We formed in 2014 and currently have around 35 active members. We perform several times each year at charity events, local fetes, pubs, nursing homes, Christmas light events, joint concerts with other community choirs.

A highlight for us was performing at the Community Choir Festival in Stratford upon Avon.
 

The Choir is conducted by the amazing Laura Davies. Laura has a passion for music
from around the world and strongly believes that everyone can sing and make music,
and that music encourages confidence and communication. Laura has a sense of
humour that is simply infectious, our rehearsals always contain a lot of laughter, as
well as lots of singing!

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Surrey Harmony

Surrey Harmony has been established for over 25 years and is a women’s chorus
based in Coulsdon, Surrey.

 

The chorus is part of the global barbershop organisation,
Sweet Adelines International.

 

 

Surrey Harmony is a group of friendly, fun-loving women who meet each week to
enjoy the pleasure of singing four-part a cappella in the barbershop style.

We sing
for fun, to entertain and in competition.

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Academix

Academix are a contemporary a cappella vocal band based in Woking. They sing close harmony pop and jazz classics from the 1930s to the present day. Anita, Cate and Cat form an engaging trio of female voices, backed by the beatboxing, body percussion and bass groove of Jonathan and Neil. Since 2014 they have performed at the Guildford Fringe, the Brandenburg Fringe in London, across the south east. 

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Vox Office

Vox Office is a Bristol and Stroud-based acappella ensemble incorporating former members of Original Sing, Naked Voices, Skylarking and Take Twenty. Our focus is close harmony vocals across a range of musical styles.

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ToC Voices

ToC Voices sing uplifting and meaningful pop songs with beautiful harmonies specially arranged by our very talented choir leader, Emily Bollon of Motivation by Music.

 

Our members are cancer patients, carers, supporters and survivors with unique stories.

 

Together, we are thriving and embracing the benefits that singing brings to both physical and mental health, and... we sound amazing!!

 

 ToC Voices is fully funded by Guildford-based immunotherapy charity, Topic of Cancer and love to welcome new members!

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Earthly Voices

Earthly Voices is a community choir that meets on Thursday evenings in Cobham, Surrey.
 

They sing mainly unaccompanied and have an eclectic repertoire including pop, folk, classical and world music. There are no auditions to join, just enthusiasm for singing and a willingness to try something new. Rehearsals are fun, occasionally uproarious, and led by the very talented Emily Leather.

 

Earthly Voices describe themselves as a caring community where friendship and the joy of music binds them together. They are always up for a bit of fun, and are looking forward to sharing their music with you.

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