Valentine Singers is a friendly group of around 60 singers with a range of backgrounds and a shared love of choral music. The choir has gained a reputation, both locally and further afield, for high quality performances with a friendly atmosphere and has been supported by Redbridge Vision and the Arts Council. See our reviews
Based in Ilford, on the border of London and Essex, in the London borough of Redbridge, we rehearse each Friday evening at Seven Kings High School, 494 Ley Street, Ilford IG2 7BT. See map We give at least four main concerts a year as well as singing at various events, often by invitation, mainly in the local community. We have also toured in England and abroad, most recently to Ghent (2012), Oxford and Dorchester (2013), Honfleur (2014), Norfolk (2015) and Edinburgh where we gave three concerts in the Festival Fringe (2016).
Our repertoire embraces traditional choral works, operatic and lighter stage music. Recent concerts have included: J.S.Bach St. Matthew Passion, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Brahms Requiem, Elgar Great is the Lord, Gilbert and Sullivan Trial by Jury, Kern Showboat medley, Kodaly Missa Brevis, Cecilia McDowall Christus Natus Est, Parry The Pied Piper of Hamelin and a cappella music from around the world. Concerts may feature one major work or a collection of shorter pieces around a common theme
Valentine Singers supports members to develop musical and performance skills. Our musical director starts each rehearsal with vocal warm-up and training. Once a year members are able to take part in a day workshop to develop their knowledge of a significant choral work. The choir also has the opportunity to participate in vocal training led by Ghislaine Morgan, a professional singer and coach. The choir performs with professional soloists and instrumentalists, including a full orchestra at times. Suitably experienced choir members may also be offered solo opportunities.
We are always pleased to welcome new members, do get in touch and join us for one of our Friday night rehearsals or our next open rehearsal