About the Choir
Faringdon Community Choir was begun by Rachel Williams in November 2021. We now have over 50 members who love to sing together. Some members have been in choirs before; some have joined us for their first ever choral experience. We welcome everyone who wants to join us. We sing in 3 or 4 part harmony; covering an eclectic mix of pop music, folk, classical and songs from musicals. Having done a few informal concerts in 2022, we performed our first ‘proper concert’ in December raising over £500 for a local Faringdon charity
Rachel has been involved in making music from childhood, firstly in the school orchestra, then at university, and later as a music teacher, both in the Indian Himalayan foothills and in schools in the Midlands and Oxfordshire. Whilst class teaching was a mainstay of her work in schools, extra-curricular was always her passion, running choirs, orchestras, folk groups and putting on fabulous school musicals. Many of her students have now gone on to pursue careers in music and the arts, or at least are continuing their musical exploits beyond their other jobs.
When Rachel finished full time school teaching three years ago, after a 25-year career, her efforts were put into instrumental teaching, playing and community music. She is a talented percussionist, but also plays piano, clarinet, saxophone, whistle, bass guitar and melodeon! She also works as Creative Producer of Folk Weekend: Oxford, a role she’s recently taken on, having worked for Folk Arts Oxford for nearly three years. In her minimal spare time, Rachel plays in Boogie Me (a local dance band), morris dances with Armaleggan Border Morris, and runs a pub folk session at The Swan in Faringdon.
Faringdon Christmas Light Switch on 2nd December
As well as stalls, fairground rides, craft market, a Christmas tree and lights – there will be music, including Faringdon Community Choir
Our next concert
with our friends, the Brass Follies we will be sharing music both Christmas and non- festive on 16th December
We had a fabulous time at our Christmas Concert last December. Here are a couple of items from the show