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.
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 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).