Vocalize Choir rehearses every Wednesday in both Wantage (11am) and Didcot (7.15pm)
Vocalize is a choir for everyone. No matter your taste in music or your experience (or lack of!) this choir takes a little bit of everything and a lot of fun and throws it all in to one great choir.
We welcome literally anyone over the age of 18 to join. No one needs to audition or be able to read music as everything will be taught to you step by step by our wonderful choir leader Sarah. Songs are taught using sheet music which is provided for you at rehearsals, so all you need to do is bring along yourself and a folder for the music to go in.
All of our Vocalize choirs sing a great mix of songs completely chosen by the choir members and arranged by Sarah. Genres of song can range from pop to folk, rock to gospel, barbershop to classical and soul to musical theatre: whatever YOU’D like to sing! You can vote for what songs you’d like to learn by going to ‘The Songs’ page.
We meet at the UTC (on GWP) on Wednesday evenings from 7.15pm – 8.30pm. We sing in the well ventilated cafeteria and there is a carpark that you can park in next to the building (just drive up to the barrier and it will slowly open up - the car park isn't closed!). You then enter the building by going round the side where there's a black gate next to the car park and follow the path round to enter the building through the door there. Go through one set of double doors and then turn right and you will see the cafeteria where we rehearse. Your first session is free so you can try us out with no obligation to join!
Sarah has also just started a new Vocalize choir at The Beacon in Wantage on a Wednesday morning at 11am. This is a completely new choir that started in September 2021 and we really need your help to help it grow! If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining this daytime choir, then please do come and check us out. You don't need to come to both choirs, just one, but we will likely be singing slightly different things to help suit the people that attend each choir.
The choir sessions will involve some vocal technique, learning a song or two in harmony and having a quick break in the middle so you can get to know your fellow choir members.
We love getting out and about performing in the local area and if you know of any events wanting choirs to sing at in the area, then please let us know.
Coming out of lock down, we need YOUR help to get the word out about the choir so that we can build up numbers and keep the choirs going! If you know anyone that loves to sing and could do with having a choir in their lives, then please show them this website and tell them about the choir. Anyone is welcome to join (over the age of 18), whether they have sung before or not.
About your conductor
Hello, my name is Sarah-Louise Chitty and I have been studying and teaching singing and choirs for many years covering a large range of vocal styles. I graduated Southampton University in 2011 with a BA in Music where I specialized in solo Musical Theatre singing and ensemble singing in the classical and popular style. Along with performance I also studied arranging, composition, music in education and orchestral and choral conducting. I had always loved arranging music, but it was at University that I discovered a particular love for a cappella. I became part of an a cappella group as part of my degree and also began leading 2 a cappella groups with the gospel choir 'Jazzmanix'.
This turned in to a love of teaching choirs, especially adult choirs as I love how close we can all get through being in a choir together and love arranging music to suit each choir I've taught, whether it be with backing tracks, piano accompaniment or a cappella. I've recently moved to Didcot from Southampton and over the past year, have gradually stopped teaching all my choirs in Hampshire and am now in need of a choir to teach here as I don't think I could be truly happy without having a choir in my life! And now I'm starting two at once....exciting times ahead!
I have worked at The Academy Of Music And Sound in Southampton, worked for LIPA (Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts), taught singing at several schools across Hampshire and run 5 choirs (2 community choirs, 2 work choirs, 1 children's choir). I now teach vocal lessons in schools all over Oxfordshire as well as teaching piano and singing privately from my home in Wantage. I also perform in and musical direct shows with Abingdon Operatic Society.
Why join a choir?
What possible reason could I want to spend an evening after a long hard day at work stuck in a room with other people? Joining a choir isn't just fun; it's actually good for you!
You make so many new friends
They come from all walks of life, ages and parts of the world. Music breaks down barriers and there’s no better example of that than at a choir. If you love meeting new people, join a choir – you’ll be in heaven.
It’s one of the best feelings
Yes you sometimes have to spend extra time going over bars of music in rehearsals and compute all the instructions from your choir leader, but then you get to perform this music you've worked so hard on and expel all your energy and outpour your emotion.
Nothing beats the feeling at the end of the concert when the audience erupts in applause. It’s a great sense of achievement and one of the best feelings you’ll ever have.
Singing is a great way to relax
No matter how much you love your job, work can be stressful and exhausting. At home there’s a whole load of other issues to deal with, so after a long hard days sitting at a desk, getting to sing will help take your mind off things. Choir is a great escape.
It’s good for your health
Studies have shown how singing in a choir can improve your health and keep your brain active, so why not start keeping your mind healthy by making music?
Here are a few things you’ll see improve when you sing in a choir
Multi-tasking – you’ve got to watch the conductor, keep an eye on the music and know when to come in
Memory – you’ve got to sing off by heart sometimes
Focus – concentrating for an hour on a performance
Maths – Lots of counting!
Give it a go!
What have you got to lose? There are choirs of all shapes, sizes and styles and there’s one nearby that’s perfect for you, whether that's Vocalize or not. Give them a call, go along to a session and see if you like it or just dive straight in! You’ll be under no obligation and you never know – you might still be there in 40 years time!
"There is something so special about singing in a group, especially when it’s full of super friendly like-minded people". Vocalize choir's main aim is having fun and enjoying singing with others in a relaxed and friendly community atmosphere - if you're interested in joining you can either show your interest by filling in the 'Interested in joining' section below or go to our 'Contact' page to find our choir leader's contact details.