Welcome to the Liss Community Choir

Who we are:

We are a sociable and enthusiastic group who enjoy singing together. Our Choir welcomes men and women across a wide vocal range. Our repertoire is a mix of songs performed in unison and those sung in harmony between 4 sections: soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

It is not a requirement for Choir members to read music (but it’s always surprising how much more familiar music scores can become when rehearsing!). Music scores are available from the Choir’s comprehensive library.


Where we meet and when:

The Choir meets for rehearsals at the Liss Infants School Hall (Hill Brow Road, Liss) at 7:30 pm on Wednesdays, during term time. 

Due to Covid restrictions, Hall rehearsals were suspended between March 2020 and September 2021. However, singing continued online via Zoom for most of this time, helping greatly to keep the Choir together. Having returned to the Hall, we have been careful to keep to the spirit of the Covid guidelines, with chairs being reasonably spaced at intervals.

Rehearsal dates for the 2024 season are shown on the Dates tab.

What we sing:

There are lots of songs that we sing just for fun. When a concert invitation arrives, we start to focus on the chosen song set so as to be ready for the occasion. At the Jubilee Celebration Concerts, for example, we did songs from the 1940s and 1950s, such as “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”, “In the Mood” and “Sentimental Journey”.

To give you an idea of a typical rehearsal, the current song list includes:

  • “The music of the night” – from “The Phantom of the Opera”
  • “Catch a falling star” – Paul Vance / Lee Pockriss
  • “Crazy little thing called love” – Freddie Mercury
  • “Love is all you need” – Beatles Medley
  • “The heavens are telling” – Joseph Haydn
  • “Some enchanted evening” – from “South Pacific”
  • “Barcarolle” – Jacques Offenbach
  • “Cats” – Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • “Mr Blue Sky” – Jeff Lynne / ELO

Movers and shakers:

Music Director Erica Kollek (shown at the piano) has guided the Choir since 2017, introducing us to many varied types of music: songs from the shows, ballads, classical pieces and popular numbers from big-name artists. Erica is a vibrant and enthusiastic conductor, loves what she does and is a great coach for any section faced with an awkward music arrangement.

 


As Musical Accompanist, we are lucky to have Lucy Flint, a versatile musician and composer. Lucy is an excellent violinist and keyboard player. She accompanies the Choir from the school’s grand piano, and arranges pieces from the repertoire in a form suitable for part-singing. 


Members of the LCC Committee:

Secretary: Lorraine Bird

Social Secretary: Eileen Adams

Treasurer: Philip Edwards

PR / Website Manager: David Bradbury

Carolyn Clark

Alison McNamara

Joyce Kay

Socials:

The June 2023 Choir Summer Party rounded off a busy year. Choir members and their spouses / partners contributed to a bring-and-share meal at Greatham Village Hall, with an extra course of singing in the Hall’s garden. This time there was competition from a blackbird, anxious to show what it could do. It seemed a shoo-in for the altos.

 


Give us a try?

From time to time, we advertise and arrange New Singers Evenings at our usual rehearsal venue. If you can’t make any of these events, send an email anyway to the e-mail address below, and we’ll make arrangements for you to be made welcome at a Wednesday rehearsal. One of our singers will be your buddy for the evening, and (hopefully) answer all your questions. We look forward to seeing you sometime!

To register your interest, please contact:

  • lisscc.sec@gmail.com

To cover the Choir’s outgoings, each member’s contribution per term is £40 (or £4 per session for a 10-week term).