Highlights of Season 28


The main highlight of the season was the choir tour to the USA, visiting California

A concert-every-night 11 day tour of northern California

From San Francisco, the choir took in Napa visiting a vineyard; Mendocino on the west coast watching the porpoises flying; our namesake Redding, where we experienced the most rickety platform ever to stand on; the Shasta Dam, where the tubular corridors echoed to the sound of Shenandoah; Paradise; Nevada City, where the main street was a replica of a western film set; and finally Sacramento, where we had a wonderfully enthusiastic reception from about 800 people.

For many the highlight of the tour was Easter Sunday morning when we sang two consecutive services in Petaluma, and where the doors opened to let the morning sun stream in to accompany the Easter Hymn.

The choir also hosted an exchange visit with the River City Chorale from the US


  • The choir had 59 singing members including 18 Sopranos, 15 Altos, 15 Basses and 11 Tenors!
  • The choir also participated in BBC Choir of the Year
  • Guest artist at the Annual Concert was Nigel Perrin – an ex-member of the King’s Singers
  • The new recording for the Season was ‘Feast of Phoenix’   CD Price £9


CHAIRMAN   Eileen Day


14 September 1996 – Church of the Ascension, Burghclere
28 September 1996 – St Martin’s Church, Epsom, Surrey
12 October 1996 – Earley St Peter’s Church, Reading
23 November 1996 – Buxton Opera House (Choir of the Year Semi Finals)
30 November 1996 – The Hexagon, Reading (Annual Concert with Nigel Perrin)
25 January 1997 – St Mary’s Church, Wargrave
23 February 1997 – The Anvil, Basingstoke (with Basingstoke Ladies Choir)
8 March 1997 – St Leonard’s Church, Watlington
17 May 1997 – St Peter’s Church, Tiverton, Devon
7 June 1997 – Wellington College, Crowthorne
6 July 1997 – Parish Church, Sonning (with River City Chorale, CA)

29 March 1997 – First Presbyterian Church, Napa, CA (Tour USA)
30 March 1997 – Petaluma Presbyterian Church, CA (Tour USA)
31 March 1997 – Presbyterian Church, Mendocino, CA (Tour USA)
1 April 1997 – Simpson College, Redding, CA (Tour USA)
2 April 1997 – Methodist Church, Paradise, CA (Tour USA)
3 April 1997 – Presbyterian Church, Yuba City, CA (Tour USA)
4 April 1997 – Freemont Presbyterian, Sacramento, CA (Tour USA)
5 April 1997 – Presbyterian Church, Los Gatos, CA (Tour USA)

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