Enjoy singing? - Keen to make local friends? – Come along and join us
The Dever Singers were originally founded in 1984 to perform at a ‘Village Weekend’ in Micheldever as The Micheldever Singers. Over the years, the choir membership has extended throughout the Dever Valley and beyond
Please contact our new membership secretary or any other member of the choir.
Membership and Publicity Secretary
Ruth Ironton Tel: 01962 774817 / 07784967464; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dever Singers were originally founded in 1984 to perform at a ‘Village Weekend’ in Micheldever as The Micheldever Singers.
Over the years, the choir membership has extended throughout the Dever Valley and beyond, with our current name of The Dever Singers reflecting this. Since those early days, the choir has grown considerably in voices, repertoire and reputation and it flourished for over 30 years under the original Musical Director, Colin New.
More recently he was joined by Karen Middleton as his assistant. In 2018 when Colin retired to Wales, he introduced Ben Cooper to us as a new candidate for the directorship role. Despite Colin leaving ‘very big boots to fill’, Ben has been welcomed wholeheartedly into the choir and he has continued to lead us with some fresh repertoire, his expert vocal teaching and unique sense of humour, ably supported by the continued presence of our beloved assistant director Karen. Like Colin New, they have both worked as professional music teachers with the Hampshire Music Service delivering instrumental and singing lessons in schools for both groups and individuals. Ben also sings professionally as a Baritone soloist, and is a senior member of Winchester Cathedral Choir.
Our repertoire varies all the way from classical and religious choral works, sometimes performed in combination with other choirs, to more intimate and relaxed programmes of popular songs and showtunes. We rehearse from September round to June and usually give two pairs of performances a year at South Wonston and Micheldever churches but we also sing at some weddings, funerals and charity fund-raising events on request.
The aim of the choir is to encourage those who enjoy singing to practise together and improve their musical and vocal skills in a friendly atmosphere; to bring enjoyment to the local community and help others achieve their charitable aims. We have a strong core membership but are always keen to welcome new people with voices in any range but we are especially in need of more Tenors, in common with many other choirs. As an amateur, community-based, inclusive choir we do not hold auditions. Some of us can read music but others do not but with enthusiasm and regular practice under our expert leadership, we have gained a strong reputation and make a pretty good sound!
In March 2020 when the COVID pandemic restrictions stopped choirs meeting and singing together, we were only a couple of weeks away from our Spring concert. We are desperately keen to start up again as soon as restrictions permit and will give you a warm welcome, if you would like to give us a try and explore how enjoyable – and good for you - singing can be.
When rehearsals resume, (watch this space) we will continue meeting on Thursday evenings from 8pm until 10pm (with a sociable coffee break) at either St. Mary’s, Micheldever or South Wonston church.
For more information, offers of lift-sharing or just to find someone to come along to rehearsal with, see contact details above.
Christmas as The Dove
Alan richmond and Colin New
Christmas as The Dove