The Maidenhead Community Choir is a friendly and inclusive choir for all singers, old and young, experienced and novices and from all musical backgrounds.
The choir has been meeting online each Tuesday night at 7.00pm during the pandemic and is hoping to get back together for live rehearsals soon at their new beautiful venue, the chapel at St. Piran’s school in Maidenhead for an hour and a half of music and fun. There are no auditions, no need to read music and the emphasis is on singing for the sheer joy of it.
The repertoire reaches from Gospel, Swing, Barbershop, Folk, and Musical Theatre to Pop and Rock. Although this is a light-hearted choral group there is also work on vocal technique, musicianship and performance skills.
We believe in keeping music live, so Joy Reibl, our professional pianist is proficiently accompanying the singers. The choir is run largely in the aural tradition, therefore much is being learned by ear, though actual sheet music will be provided for more complex pieces.
Our Facebook group allows interactive communication between choir members and rehearsal recordings can be accessed via SoundCloud.
St. Piran's is the ideal venue for the choir where we rehearse in the beautiful chapel hall with the opportunity to mingle in the pub afterwards and meet new people. It has free parking and also provides the perfect setting for some of the concerts that we work towards.
Every summer Tina invites a choral leader of a renowned choir who runs a workshop with the us, culminating in a joint performance.
In the past ten years we have shared concerts with the distinguished London Adventist Chorale under Ken Burton, Reading Christ Church Choir and Reading Community Gospel Choir and many other local choirs as well as performing at Cliveden, Windsor Castle, the Southbank in London and on 'Songs of Praise'.
In 2012 we won the Biggs cup for Mixed Voice choirs. In July 2013 we performed at Taplow Court with Howard Jones and his Glorious Life Chorus.
Another highlight in 2013 was our participation in a performance of the opera 'Too Hot to Handel' at Windsor Theatre Royal. In October we backed singer songwriter Charlie Dore and her partner Julian Littman at a concert.
After running several successful retreats in Spain and Turkey, we are planning further choir holidays in France and by the British seaside – stay tuned!
We have got more exciting plans! Find out more on our 'Calendar' page.
HOW TO JOIN
The choir has gone from strength to strength since Tina founded it in January 2010 and has currently about 65 members. We have space for 70 singers and welcome new members warmly. Men are especially welcome! There are no age restrictions.
Term times are published on the homepage and you can join during the first three rehearsals. The first session is a free trial, after that we would like to ask you to commit for at least one term. Participation in our concerts is always a highlight of the term.
We record all our performances which are done with a professional accompanist and not with recorded backing tracks.
WHY TO JOIN
Choral singing has become a very popular activity with many choirs being started in the area.
The Maidenhead Community choir has gone from strength to strength in the six years of its existence with numbers increasing each term. We believe in:
Being fully inclusive
-nobody is turned away, everybody is made very welcome
Making singing fun
- people leave the sessions with a smile on their face
- we have a varied and exciting repertoire of folk, jazz, blues, gospel and musical theatre
- each session starts with a warm-up part to teach actual vocal technique and help the choir achieve a lovely blend
Keeping music live
- There are no backing tracks in our choir but a skilled accompanist to play for the choir
Making new friends
- Our social activities twice each term give ample opportunity to make new friends
- Compared with other local choirs we offer excellent value for money
- All our concerts and activities are being held in beautiful surrondings. In the past we have performed at Taplow Court, Cliveden, Windsor Castle, and the Southbank.
Tina Reibl has worked as an enthusiastic vocal teacher, musical animator, mentor and workshop leader for 25 years.
After working as an educational consultant Tina has traveled throughout the UK as a Teacher’s Trainer since 2006, both for leading private training companies and Trinity College London specializing in accelerated learning
and vocal and choral training courses. Tina has recently retired from Trinity College as a Rock & Pop examiner and has since published a book about choir leading called ‘The Ultimate Book of Choral Warm-Ups and Energisers'.
Tina directs Maidenhead's large Community Choir as well as working internationally on cruise ships as a choir mistress. Her assignments on various cruise lines have taken her on 13 wonderful journeys across the seven seas so far. From the Amazon to the Caribbean across Africa and the Arctic, Tina has had the joy of seeing the world on the wings of music!
Tina’s music sessions are invariably cheerful, energetic, inspirational and enjoyable.
As a Community Choir we aim to make the choir a happy and inclusive place where people can come to make new friends and widen their social circle. Our central rehearsal venue is situated by a pub where people can have a drink and a chat after choir and our social committee organises various activities and outings on a regular basis.
We enjoyed a big Christmas party, have had meals out and enjoyed a walk. A wonderful picnic was held at Taplow Court this summer.
We have also organised a couple of fundraising events, 'Movember' was great fun with all the men growing mustaches for a good cause!
We also run occasional singing retreats for choir members each year, information about which can be found on the 'Singing Holidays' page.