A picture of the choir giving their Christmas concert 2019
Choir concert Christmas 2019

Claxby Community Choir was formed by local musician and singer Karen Beer in 2019 as a way of bringing together the many talented people in Claxby and surrounding villages, to sing for pleasure but also to perform concerts to raise money for local causes.

From an initial group of 20 singers, membership has grown to 55 singers, so the choir can now perform the traditional choral works in four-part harmony. However, repertoire ranges from the classics to arrangements of popular songs, madrigals, folk songs and Songs from the Shows, with something to satisfy the tastes of all audiences. Singers come from all over the Wolds and as far away as Cleethorpes.

Rehearsals were originally planned to take place in the beautifully refurbished Claxby Village Hall but the choir is now too large to fit into this former Primitive Methodist chapel, so rehearsals are in Osgodby Village Hall on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. Anyone may join, singers are not auditioned, music reading is not essential, and men are especially welcome. 

The choir's inaugural performance was a Christmas concert in 2019 in Claxby church to a packed audience. Since then, very successful concerts have been given in Nettleton Village Hall, Tealby Church, Walesby Church and Middle Rasen Church.

The Coronation was celebrated at Claxby on May 7th 2023 with a full church audience enjoying light music and a stunning version of the coronation anthem Zadok the Priest to finish the concert. The choir’s largest performance to date was at Market Rasen Methodist Church on June 10th 2023. The choir sang well known choral items, a medley from the hit musical Les Miserables plus some items with a Coronation theme. There were also some stunning solos (vocal and instrumental) from the talented members of the choir. As a result of this the choir was invited by Stephen Bunney to sing at the West Lindsey District Council Civic Carol Service in Market Rasen in Christmas 2023. The performance was warmly praised by audience and dignitaries present.

The choir has a full programme of events for 2024.

For more information and to confirm rehearsal days, contact Karen Beer at karenbeer@hotmail.co.uk

The choir gratefully acknowledges financial support from West Lindsey District Council, the Market Rasen Freemasons and Arthur Clark Community Fund for purchase of keyboards.

WLDC

 

Arnold Clark