Calne Choral

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Founded in 1886, you are visiting one of the oldest Choral Societies in England

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From Philip Springate

our Director of Music

Being a member of Calne Choral

As a rural choral society Calne Choral punches above it’s weight mounting large-scale performances, usually with an orchestra, of works from the choral repertoire.


We are a community choir with no audition process. Being a music reader speeds up learning but is not essential. Some of our finest performers would not consider themselves music readers. With a bit of spadework there are ways in which lines can be learnt. Links to useful online resources are regularly given on this site.


Commitment and enthusiasm are the key words for Calne Choral to thrive and make music that we can all enjoy and be proud to be part of.  We are a friendly choir and rehearsals are not only fun but a social occasion too.


Read Philip's biography here.


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Our thanks to Highway Hill for their financial contribution to Calne Choral.

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Christmas Concert

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Welcome to Alta!


 Calne Choral ended the Spring concert with mixed feelings. Whilst the concert itself was a success, the choir knew that it was the last time that Helen Heaton would play with us as our accompanist. Our best wishes go with her, as her musical career               changes direction and develops.


Our new accompanist is Alta Ridgway and we are very pleased to welcome her. This is how she describes herself and the experience she brings to Calne Choral.  We look forward to working with her.


“Originally from South Africa, I came to the UK for a gap year after completing my Music degree at the University of Pretoria. I settled in Calne to teach Music at St Mary’s and continued to do so until 2016. Nowadays I am a busy mum and wife, running Ridgway Music Studio from my home in Cherhill, teaching piano, accompanying and performing when the occasion arises. Singing is also a passion and you will find me in nurseries and in the community singing with under-fives as an Early Years Music Specialist, delivering Colourstrings sessions. I am thrilled to be a part of Calne Choral Society and am excited to be working, together with Phil and the choir, on some great choral music.”



Advance Notice

Christmas Concert

Saturday 14th December 2019

St Mary's Church, Calne


The programme will feature


Marc-Antoine Charpentier

"Messe de minuit pour Noel"


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1st Published 02/04/2017- Update: Tue 12th Nov 2019
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