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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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Focus on the Choir

This year, Calne Choral’s Christmas concert ranges across a 1000 years of seasonal music...

We shall bring the majestic setting of O Magnum Misterium, the words of which were written in the first half of the first millennium and which resonated around St Mark’s Cathedral in Venice in the 16th century, to St Mary’s Church, Calne, the history of which extends over much the same period. In comparison, the calm, but intense setting of Will Todd’s My Lord has come is a twenty first century composition by a composer whose works have figured in our recent concerts.


Christmas is a happy season, and generally the music reflects this. There are always those carols with a religious message such as O Come Emmanuel from a distant past, but others come from folk song origins. Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day, with a 16th century dancing rhythm, is one of those, but it is probably much earlier than that. Awake and join the Cheerful Choir was known to Thomas Hardy, whose family, from his grandfather onwards, played and sung it in the early 19th century. By comparison, Here is the little door might hardly be seen as a carol despite the seasonal setting, but bearing in mind the date (1918) there must at least be a nod, even subconsciously, to the carnage and slaughter of the previous four years. Calne Choral will recognise the significance of this year by singing this carol.


In between will be many of the traditional carols we all enjoy, so come along and sing them with us.



Saturday 8th December 2018

Christmas Concert of Carols over the Ages 7.30pm at St Mary's Church Calne.


Thursday 13th December 2018

Calne Choral presents a carol service at Bremhill Church at 7.30pm to raise funds for the church.


Saturday 6th April 2019

7.30pm St Andrew's Church, Chippenham for a performance of Mozart''s Requiem. 

Latest Members News


Please see amended rehearsal schedule here Sep-Dec Rehearsal Dates


Latest 100 Club News

Newsletter here. Updated 14th October 2018 - Updated Sunday 21st October

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1st Published 02/04/2017- Updated: Thu 1st November 2018
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