Singing tips from soprano, Rachel Nicholls

Ian recommends watching Rachel's latest online videos​.


2    Posture and alignment for singing

3    Warm up your breathing

4a  Warm-up for high voices

4b  Warm-up for low voices

5    Inhaling

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

The joint concert with Milton Keynes Chorale has been postponed until summer 2022.

Here are some links to help you familiarise yourself with your voice part.

Mark Jordan's first online rehearsal

Learn Choral Music - SATB voice parts


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Subscription 2019-20

Sub £155 (joint £300) including £17 tuition (this element is not eligible for Gift Aid)

Under 25: £30

Under 18: FREE.

Please pay as soon as possible after 1 September 2019.

Subs are payable for the full year even if you have to miss a concert. Cheques are payable to Danesborough Chorus. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, the details are:


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Messaiah at Home, Sunday 31 May, 19:30

This has been recorded from people’s individual homes from all over the world. The Self-Isolation Choir has its own Baroque Orchestra, voices from 3,600 choral members and four soloists, all of whom have recorded from self-isolation and none of whom have met during this process.

How to get involved

The choir is open to keen singers from all over the world. Please go to and register as a Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass.

After joining the choir, participants will have access to an online score, hour-long weekly choir rehearsals on YouTube for each individual SATB part, directed by Ben England building to a concert of the full work on Sunday 31 May.

Those who join now can still catch up on YouTube where all the videos are stored to be viewed at any time.

Watch on Sunday

You are very welcome to watch this performance here and either sing along or just listen to what is, we believe, a world first.


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Concert reviews: Rossini, 9 November 2019


From Ian

Thank you all for your hard work towards last night’s concert. I was extremely pleased with the concert. Past members of the choir who were in the audience commented how good the choir sounded. One particularly pleasing comment was how clear the diction was!! It was such a fun evening (from my view-point anyway) with such a good performance as a result.


Very well done. We need to keep up this standard for the next concerts!!

From Tim Grant-Jones

Thank you for the opportunity to play this role in the Petite Messe for which I lived several months of slight trepidation anticipating a near vertical learning curve on the day. It was the most strange performing experience I can remember being totally reliant on assurance from other people that the balance was ok. The unsubtle sound of the period harmonium seemed to help people who were unsure of Rossini’s intention with his treatment of the mass to be swayed into believing this was the first oratorio buffa, if there is such a thing.

I had a good feeling about the concert. It happens occasionally, so well done especially to the choir who were at home all the way  through so much so that they were able to perfect some finer details right up until the last run through.  
People that I knew who came to the concert were highly delighted and said it was fantastic. Thanks to David for ensuring we had the ideal piano (and harmonium!) for the concert.

From Peter Barnes (Vice chair of the sadly former MKCO)
Many thanks for another great concert on Saturday evening - the Rossini was a real treat in every respect.

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