Ampleforth & Ryedale Concert Choir have existed for well over 10 years and are privileged to have the good fortune to enjoy the use of the wonderful arts centre facilities at Ampleforth College, where rehearsals take place every Tuesday evening at 8pm in college term time.
This ‘community outreach choir’ is actively seeking to recruit new members to its happy group of singers, to expand the already impressive choral repertoire. Expert musician Vincent Conyngham – Choir Leader and Choir Conductor, maintains he does not want to introduce formal auditions;
A very relaxed chat and simple voice test is sufficient to establish a certain level of competency and familiarity with scores, Vincent stresses, “We are a friendly, happy bunch of people from mixed backgrounds, who get together to sing for fun and relaxation.
Over the years, the choir has undertaken a variety of smaller programmes of Madrigals, Lenten and Christmas music, as well as medium and large-scale choral events in a wide range of venues including Ampleforth Abbey, The Barbican York, Ripon Cathedral and Castle Howard. Nominal subs are collected each term and these contribute to the hiring of orchestras and soloists when needed for the large magnificent European choral works. This is just one aspect the Choir would like to expand on, but more members would be needed.
The photograph shows a reduced number of members who bravely turned out in recent bad weather conditions. That’s how dedicated ARCC are to their passion and they hope you will be too, so why not join them and sing for rewarding fun!
If you are interested, please contact Vincent Conyngham at firstname.lastname@example.org