The Choir

Wyvern Community Choir

Wyvern Community Choir was formed in 2006 by Bryan Postlethwaite, Head of Music at Wyvern College, and has grown in strength and reputation with a membership ranging between 80 and 100 depending on term. Dressed in our trademark black and red outfits, some fabulous songs and pieces performed from our lively, refreshing and mixed repertoire have included “The Lion King” medley; “For the Beauty of the Earth”; “Bridge Over Troubled Water”; “Happy”; highlights from “Mamma Mia”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Wicked”; a choral medley from “West Side Story” and popular classical pieces by Karl Jenkins, John Rutter and Carl Orff such as Magnificat, Carmina Burana and Stella Natalis.
Concert venues include Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church for our annual Spring Concert, Thornden Hall, Turner Sims, Wyvern Big Top (Wyvern Arts Festival), The Anvil (Basingstoke) as well as annual Christmas choral concerts at Romsey Abbey – often appearing alongside Wyvern College Chamber Choir and other choirs from Barton Peveril College and The Romsey School. Open to everyone, Wyvern Community Choir (a 4-part SATB Choir) fulfils an important role in the local community bringing people together to experience the joys of ensemble music, perhaps for the first time or very often after a long break! New members are always welcome (no audition required) at weekly rehearsals which take place at Wyvern College during term time on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Some Choir Member’s Stories

Julie Swainston (Soprano)

What does the Wyvern Community Choir mean to me?
Well, to answer that I will have to go back a few years (quite a few)!

I have always loved singing, as a child my sister and I would entertain the pensioners at my Nans home, I was in the school choir and in my teens joined a local Operatic Society, putting on 2 weekly shows a year. 

 Jumping on several years as I sat watching my daughter in the school band, who would have thought that I would start singing properly again.

The idea of the Community Choir was born in 2008 and we haven’t looked back.
I remember sitting with all the other new faces on the first taster session, great times, making friends and enjoying the music.
I love my Wednesday evenings just singing, enjoying the moment.

Looking back now as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, I can’t believe what we have achieved!
The choir has enabled me to sing all sorts of music. I love music, music speaks to the heart.

We’ve delved into pop, rock, folk, musicals, classical and what a time we’ve had along the way!
The places we’ve sung too, schools, churches, the big top, Romsey Abbey and Winchester Cathedral. Who would have thought I’d sing in such wonderful places with lovely people.

So, why did I join Wyvern Community Choir? Simple, I love music, I love singing.

Why am I still a member? I still love music and singing, I have made so many friends and I get so much joy and so many laughs from it. As the words of the song say, ‘I sing because I’m happy!

It’s hard to believe we have been going for 10 years this year (2018), but here’s to the next 10!

Thank you Bryan for kickstarting it all off in 2008!

The songs we’re singing this term just seem to sum everything up about the Choir for me. ‘This is the greatest show!’ ‘This is me!’ (Or should I say ‘This is Us!’)
Here’s to the future guys!

Keith Greenwell (Tenor)

My children went to Wyvern College. For years I watched them perform at various school concerts. Then I heard the community choir singing at one of the events and I thought

‘My turn, why should they have all the fun?’. So I joined

David

David Farndale (Bass Baritone)

Brilliant ‘inclusive’ community choir – joined almost 4 years ago, best thing I did. Always enjoyed singing (primary school and King Edward VI Grammar School chorister) but wanted much more than just singing in my local community church choir (mostly just Easter and Christmas).
We are so very blessed to have Bryan Postlethwaite (founder of the choir) as our musical director; incredibly gifted, very encouraging and amazingly manages to get the best out of us! We use 4-part harmony SATB music scores but it’s not essential to read music; and there are no auditions – all singers are welcomed. Very varied and exciting repertoire including occasional classical ‘challenges’ – can’t wait for Wednesday evenings!
 
Wyvern Community Choir has really helped me grow a lot in confidence – I’m now also taking part in major classical concerts with full philharmonic orchestras at venues like The Royal Albert Hall – singing Bass for The English Concert Chorus and The Really Big Chorus choirs.

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