About Choros

Choros is a semi-professional chamber choir based in rural North Oxfordshire. The choir was formed in 1995 by its conductor, Janet Lincé, and is noted for its innovative programming, high standard of performance, and commitment to local as well as established venues. The choir’s main performing areas are Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and surrounding counties, but it also performs in London

We’re a friendly choir that aims to sing challenging music to a high standard. The team for each concert is drawn from a larger squad of singers and so the composition of the choir varies. We have 3-4 rehearsals at weekends before each concert with at least one full-day rehearsal on a Saturday.

Choros wants to encourage as wide a range of people as possible to listen to and enjoy choral music of all kinds. For this reason, the choir performs a very diverse repertoire, and varies its presentation to suit its audience. We have performed the major Bach works with period instruments, Jonathan Dove’s ‘Passing of the year’, the Oxford premieres of Chilcott’s ‘The Voyage’ and O’Neill’s ‘This light of reason’ written in memory of Jo Cox MP. We also sing Spirituals and regularly give a concert of Advent carols which invariably includes a new commission.

Past performances have included Bach’s Mass in B Minor and St John Passion with period instruments, Spem in alium by Tallis, a children’s concert on the theme of animals, works by Jonathan Harvey and James MacMillan and newly-commissioned works.

Choros and the Community

Choros supports a number of local organizations and charities and can be booked to perform in concerts, festivals, corporate events and weddings. We can also arrange concerts on your behalf. Fees for the choir range from £250-£1500, depending on the number of singers required, the music to be performed and the distance to be travelled. Fees for other musicians (eg organist, orchestral players) are in addition to this. Charities and local organizations we have recently supported include Deddington Library Appeal, Botley Alzheimers Home and The Katharine House Hospice. For more information, contact us at info@choros.org

CD Recordings

He came all so stille – Advent carols and motets

Released December 2004. Recorded in the outstanding acoustic of Douai Abbey, this CD features some of the choir’s favourite works performed in recent years at Advent Carols by Candlelight in Deddington, including:

  • Veni, veni Emmanuel – Kodaly
  • Adam lay ybounden – Boris Ord
  • A spotless rose – Herbert Howells
  • I sing of a maiden – Patrick Hadley
  • No small wonder – Paul Edwards
  • Bogoroditsye Dyevo – Rachmaninov
  • Vox Dicentis – EW Naylor
  • plus first recordings of:
  • Young Dawn of our Eternal Day – Andrew Gant
  • Two Advent Carols – David Hamilton
  • Nativity – Katherine Dienes

The CD, priced £10, may be obtained direct from Choros. Please email info@choros.org

Janet Lincé – Musical Director

Janet is a freelance professional conductor with a particular interest in contemporary and Baroque choral music. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music in London and has studied choral conducting with Simon Johnson and Jesper Jørgensen. In addition to her conducting activities she is well-known as a choral workshop facilitator both in the UK and in New Zealand.Janet has worked with most of the major amateur choirs in England, collaborating with conductors such as Kurt Masur, Andrew Davis and Yakov Kreizberg. She is keen to raise the status of and interest in choral music and to challenge the traditional image of choirs in the UK. She now works regularly with a number of choirs in the South of England and is an active member of the Association of British Choral Directors.

Singing with Choros

The members of Choros come from a wide area and meet on an irregular basis for between two and five rehearsals per concert. The number of singers varies between 16 and 30+ according to the programme, and all are experienced choristers with voices that are characterful yet blend well together. Good sight-reading and musicianship is essential, as is a commitment to the aims of the choir and the ability to be part of a team. If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact Janet Lincé on lince@choros.org to arrange an audition.

Choral Workshops

Through our educational arm Choirworks! we organize choral workshops, vocal training and singing days, both locally in North Oxfordshire and by invitation from choirs across Southern England. Recent open workshops have covered Rachmaninov’s Vespers, Duruflé’s Requiem, Padilla’s Lamentations and Bach’s Magnificat. Choirs we have worked with include Crouch End Festival Chorus, Newbury Choral Society, Hackney Singers, and Beckenham Chorale. To join our mailing list for open workshops or to arrange a workshop for your choir please email choirworks@choros.org.

Mailing List

Choros operates a free mailing list which gives advance notice of concerts and offers discounts on tickets bought in advance. You can choose the postal or email list. To join the list please email info@choros.org

Sponsorship

Business and individual sponsorship or advertising is aways welcome, particularly from businesses local to us in North Oxfordshire. This enables us to bring more substantial works or more unusual music to our audiences . Please contact us if you or your company would like to discuss this further. We can offer programme advertising, or include your material in our regular concert mailings (minimum 5 per year) as well as offering complimentary/discounted tickets to you and your staff.