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Members of the Choir relaxing during a rehearsal break for the Summer Concert.  June 2017


The Choir was founded in 1964 by Graham Smallbone, Director of Music at Dean Close School, Cheltenham. The Choir meets on Wednesday evenings during term-time to rehearse for at least three concerts a year in Cheltenham in March/April, July and December.  It aims to tackle a wide and varied repertoire including lesser known choral works, often unaccompanied, with some concerts being joined by organ or small orchestra.  A donation from the proceeds raised at each concert is given to a local Charity.  In 2009 the Choir was delighted to be awarded The Cheltenham Opera Group Cup by Cheltenham Arts Council for enterprise and innovation in music making.

Musica Vera is affiliated to Cheltenham Arts Council and Making Music.


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Over the past few years ensembles consisting of a core of talented players from orchestras in Gloucestershire, as well as further afield, have come together to accompany our concerts.  It was therefore decided that for our concert in March 2013 our orchestra should be given the name Musica Vera Camerata.  Our aim is to issue a first call to the members of this core, when programming demands an instrumental ensemble, which usually happens once a year.





Would you like to sing with us?

The Choir has vacancies in all sections but especially for sopranos.

Rehearsals are in Cheltenham on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30 during term-time.

Some choral experience, and reasonably fluent music-reading ability is needed, although the ability to sight-sing is not essential.  We ask for attendance at some rehearsals for a trial period on either side. 

Perhaps you already sing in a large choir, but would like to try a smaller choir as well. Come along to a few rehearsals and see how you enjoy it.  If and when it is mutually decided that you would like to join the Choir you will be asked to take a very brief and friendly audition merely to check your range and ability to blend vocally.

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