Seven Churches in South Oxfordshire

Midsummer Music : a concert by Reading Phoenix Choir


Come and hear one of the best amateur choirs in the country in the beautiful surroundings of Checkendon church. Featuring music by Victoria, Tallis, Morales, Howells, Rachmaninov, Eric Whitacre and many others, plus clever arrangements of traditional folk tunes, jazz numbers and even David Bowie!  This rich and varied programme is guaranteed to delight, move and captivate an audience.

One of the most remarkable qualities about the choir is that it performs concerts ‘off-copy’ – every choir member sings their part entirely from memory. In addition, the choir does not sing in the traditional arrangement of bass, tenor, alto and soprano, but in mixed formation. This enables the singers to fully engage with the other voice parts, creating a great aural blend. Below are some of the comments the choir has received:

Great, warm sound, very precise and well focused. ~ Mary King, Choir Of The Year Finals

Full of vitality – I loved your richness and verve of performance. ~ Stuart Barr, COTY Finals

Powerful and great ensemble sound with beautiful sustained notes. ~ Eugene Skeefe, COTY Finals

Their singing is beautiful and faultless…the singers have an aura of professionalism about them. ~ Henley Standard

In performance the first thing you notice is the focused radiance of sound that comes from a well-trained group of voices who are clearly cruising and not having to push the tone at all. Then when they really turn up the gas, the fact that they sing off-copy entirely means that they can deliver that quality sound into an arresting  communication of the inner meaning of the music. It is a delight to listen to – bravo! ~ Bob Porter, Brandenburg Artistic Director


Tickets priced at £15 (this includes a drink and canapes). Available online from :


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