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  • The Brockenhurst Choir

    Our Spring Term starts on Tuesday January 17th. ​ If you are are interested in joining the choir, please get in touch. We are very keen to hear from TENORS and BASSES More details on the 'Join Us ' page of this website. Welcome to the Brockenhurst Choir The Brockenhurst Choir is an amateur mixed choir based in Brockenhurst in the heart of the New Forest. We are enthusiastic, friendly and love singing. We perform a broad classical repertoire. We hold two concerts a year (normally) in May and in December or January, and we regularly work with professional soloists and orchestras for performances. ​ Recent notable performances have included the Mozart Requiem, Faure Requiem, Handel Coronation Anthems, Brahms Requiem, Handel Messiah, Vaughan Williams ‘A Sea Symphony’, Bach Mass in B minor, Goodall Requiem ‘Eternal Light’ and Haydn ‘The Creation’. Please see our 'Concerts ' pages for more detail. ​ ​ Next Concert - Sat May 13th, 2023 Secular 17th century madrigals Chilcott : Little Jazz Mass Elgar & Stanford part songs Alexander L’Estrange: Zimbe! ​ ​ ​ ​ And very importantly ... A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Mozart Requiem concert on Jan 14th. It was lovely seeing the church was full for the first time since the pandemic - there was a wonderful atmosphere. We hope you had an enjoyable evening ! ​

  • Past Concerts | brockenhurstchoir

    A selection of our past concerts ... ​ Click here for a detailed concert list Jan 2023 May 2023 Dec 2021 Nov 2019 Nov 2019 May 2019 May 2019 Dec 2018 Dec 2018 May 2018 May 2018 Dec 2017 May 2017 May 2017 Dec 2016 May 2016 Dec 2015 May 2015 Dec 2014 Apr 2014 Apr 2013 Dec 2012 May 2012 Dec 2011

  • Concerts | brockenhurstchoir

    Next Concert - May 13th, 2023 at 7:30 pm St Saviour's Church in Brockenhurst Chilcott : Little Jazz Mass Alexander L’Estrange: Zimbe! Secular 17th century madrigals Elgar & Stanford part songs ​ ​ Tickets are £15 (£5 for students) and are available: Online - see link at the top of the page From Streets and Pot Pourri in Brockenhurst At the door ​

  • Contact Us | brockenhurstchoir

    Please contact us if you have a question about: joining the choir (please mention your voice part SATB). Please also let us know how you heard about us. upcoming concerts & tickets sponsorship anything else Our email address is: brockchoir@gmail.com ​ You can opt out from newsletters at any time by emailing brockchoir@gmail.com

  • Support Us | brockenhurstchoir

    Supporting the Choir Like many community-based choirs, we are facing ever-increasing costs to stage our concerts. Income from tickets and members’ choir fees must cover the cost of rehearsal and concert venue hire, conductor, accompanist, musicians and soloists, advertising, IT, ticket agency commission and much more. ​ We welcome any donation you are willing to make, either as an individual or as a local business. Every donation, no matter how small, will help to secure our future and will contribute towards the continuation of Britain's choral heritage. ​ The link below will take you to CAF, the Charities Aid Foundation, an organisation which manages donations on our behalf. ​ Thank you ​ Donate Local Businesses : We would welcome your support to sponsor one of our concerts. Please email brockchoir@gmail.com to discuss how we can help each other.

  • Join Us | brockenhurstchoir

    Come and sing with us ..... Our new term starts on Tuesday January 17th ... Please get in touch if you would like to join our choir - we would love to hear from you. It doesn't matter if you haven't sung for a number of years - many choir members have returned to singing after long breaks. You are very welcome to attend a rehearsal before making a commitment. Auditions are not required, but you should be able to sing at the level of the choir ** We are very keen to hear from new (or returning) tenors and basses. Rehearsals We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7:45 pm to 9:45 pm in Brockenhurst Village Hall (Highwood Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RY) and we hold two concerts per year, normally in May and December. There are no commitments over the summer. Membership / Subscriptions We have a choir subscription which, together with ticket sales, funds all aspects of running the choir. This comprises an annual membership and a per term fee. ​ ​ To find out more or to have a chat with someone from the choir, please email brockchoir@gmail.com ​ ​ ​ ** if you cannot read music but think you still have something to offer, please get in touch anyway ​

  • Chair | brockenhurstchoir

    Chair - Alan Ford Alan is our enthusiastic chairman and a very experienced choral and operatic baritone. Whilst studying medicine in London, he sang with the BBC Chorus, participating in many Proms. As a soloist, he has performed in the Faure Requiem, Dvorak Te Deum and the Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Opera roles have included the Vicar in Oxford Opera Studio’s production of Britten’s Albert Herring, Noye in Noye’s Fludde and Falke in Die Fledermaus. Alan regularly attended the AIMS International Summer School between 2000 and 2017, performing operatic solo roles in Falstaff, Cendrillon, Albert Herring, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Trial by Jury, The Bartered Bride, Menotti’s “The Medium” and Sondheim’s “Sweeny Todd”. He has subsequently attended Oxenfoord Summer School where he has had masterclasses with Dame Ann Murray, John Mark Ainsley, Malcolm Martineau, Nicky Spence and Mary King. ​ He enjoys singing Art Song (especially English) and German Lieder. He has given Recitals at Romsey Abbey, Christ Church, Freemantle, Southampton and Brockenhurst Village Hall. Most recently he performed as a soloist at a Military Wives concert on November 11th 2022 at the Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop, singing songs written by composers who were killed in (George Butterworth) or hugely damaged by (Ivor Gurney) the Great War. Alan also plays the violin and is chair not only of our choir but also the New Forest Orchestra and Brockenhurst Music Society. ​

  • Who's Who | brockenhurstchoir

    About Us Alex Eadon Music Director Choir History Nicola Hargreave Accompanist Past Soloists Alan Ford Chair

  • Music Director | brockenhurstchoir

    Music Director - Alex Eadon (from Oct 2022) Although a born and bred Londoner, Alexander Eadon began his musical life as a chorister in the world-renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. After five years as a Music Scholar at Harrow School and a gap year as Organ Scholar at St. Martin-in-the-Fields he trained at the Royal Academy of Music with David Titterington and Nicolas Kynaston for organ performance, Nigel Allcoat and Lionel Rogg for improvisation and Patrick Russill for Choral Direction. He furthered his studies at Middlesex University. Alongside this, he was Director of Music at Christ Church, Southgate in North London and Conductor of the Southgate Symphony Orchestra. He then spent two years simultaneously as Organist at Tewkesbury Abbey and School Organist of Dean Close School, Cheltenham (where the Abbey Choristers are educated), assisting with coaching the choristers and teaching within both the preparatory and senior schools. Between 2009 and 2015 Alex was the Choirmaster at Oundle School, directing the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum on several broadcasts, on tour in Rome as well as in their weekly services, amongst many other musical activities throughout his tenure. He also enjoyed rugby coaching, being a deputy housemaster and a head of year. In September, 2015, he moved to Eastbourne College to take on the newly-created role of Assistant Director of Music. In addition to his work at the college, he directed the Eastbourne-based chamber choir Noteworthy Voices. In September 2022 Alex moved to Southampton to take up the role of Director of Music at King Edward VI School. Shortly after this, he was appointmed as Musical Director of the Brockenhurst Choir. Alex also plays the organ at Arundel Cathedral, sits on the Sussex area committee of the Royal School of Church Music and is regularly found on concert hall platforms and in ecclesiastical buildings the world over – performances have included venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall as well as many UK Cathedrals in addition to trips to France and the USA. As a singer he is a regular deputy of several Cathedral choirs and other ensembles and was one of the founder-members of the internationally award-winning vocal ensemble The Songmen. He is also a regular staff member on the Rodolphus Choral Courses and undertakes Sibelius typesetting projects.

  • Accompanist | brockenhurstchoir

    Accompanist - Nicola Hargreave Nicola studied piano with Peter Wallfisch and piano accompaniment with John Blakely at the Royal College of Music; graduating with GRSM (Hons) 1st Class and the Raymond Fennell prize for highest mark of the year in 1988. Whilst at the College she was also awarded ‘highly commended’ in the 20th century Prize, won the accompaniment prize and performed the piano solo in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia with the RCM Sinfonia. After leaving the RCM, Nicola was a piano teacher and accompanist at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Junior Department before becoming Head of Piano at Oundle School in Northamptonshire in 1998. She has also worked as a freelance accompanist including for Young Musician of the Year competition and has made recordings for BBC Radio 3, including a programme demonstrating Beethoven’s original piano. In 2002 Nicola moved to Southampton to study medicine and is now also a qualified GP. Nicola now lives in her home town of Bournemouth with her husband and young son. She continues her freelance accompaniment work in the South, and is accompanist at Brockenhurst College and piano teacher at Walhampton School.

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