The City of Leicester Singers

About the Choir

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Conductor: Richard Archer BA, MusB, MMus, MPhil, FRCO(CHM), ADCM, FTCL, LRAM, ARCM
Accompanist: Geoffrey Clark ARCO

The City of Leicester Singers is a well established Choral Society who have been singing in the city for 50 years. We celebrated our Golden Anniversary in 2014. We are a friendly choir, whose members who enjoy meeting to make music together. With some 70 members, we enjoy a wide range of music under the leadership of our conductor, Richard Archer – from well-known choral works, to The Beatles. Over recent years we have introduced the city to the work of contemporary composers, singing Chilcott’s Requiem in 2011, and giving the first performance in the East Midlands of Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater in 2013. Our 50th anniversary concerts reflect the diversity of our repertoire, and will feature among many other things, Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light, and music from the Sixties.

David Toseland, the Choir’s Chairman, says
‘We are looking forward to our Golden Anniversary celebration with great anticipation, and hope that the people of Leicester will join us in marking our Golden Anniversary, not just as the audience at our concerts, but also as singers. We are a friendly choir, and always welcome anyone who enjoys singing.’

COLS is affiliated to Making Music and is a registered charity. (registered Charity No 518215)

History of the Choir

THE City of Leicester Singers ( COLS ) began life as a Teachers' Choir in 1963. Due to the consequences of the local government reorganisation in 1977 it decided to continue as an independent open choir under the name of The City of Leicester Singers, providing its own constitution and responsible for its own funding. The choir is administered and managed by its Management Committee, including three Trustees who are elected at each A.G.M.
Now comprising members from many walks of life, COLS is still in fine voice and continues to thrive under its conductor, Richard Archer

Singing Programme
The choir's singing year is from September to June during which three major concerts are performed, including a Christmas Concert which supports local charities. In addition, we support the musical life of the city and county at various events throughout the year, including the annual Remembrance Day event.
Whilst the choral repertoire is traditionally based, it also includes many other styles designed to provide different opportunities and challenges Our concerts regularly involve professional soloists, brass bands and orchestras. We particularly like to encourage young musicians and singers.

The Singers
The choir is about 70 strong. New voices are always welcome. There are no auditions and all we ask is a pleasing voice, a good ear, and most importantly enthusiasm and commitment. Prospective new members are invited to attend four rehearsals before committing themselves to join.

Rehearsals are held each Monday from 7.15 to 9.15 p.m. at Christchurch, Clarendon Park Road, Leicester LE2 3AH. There is normally a Saturday morning workshop rehearsal leading up to each concert and a 'dress' rehearsal in the afternoon before each concert.

Concerts take place on Saturday evenings and are normally performed at St James the Greater Church London Rd. Leicester, a popular venue for many other local choirs.
Concert attire is DJs and turquoise bow tie (provided by the choir) for gentlemen and for the ladies black ankle length skirts or trousers, black blouses (purchased through the choir) with turquoise scarves (provided by the choir).

Friends of COLS
There is an opportunity for anyone who would like to support the choir, other than as a singing member, to become a 'Friend of COLS '. For either a double or single annual subscription Friends receive complimentary tickets for each concert and are invited to various social occasions.


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