Cheltenham Children’s Choir
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We are an open-to-all children’s community choir, welcoming all young people who love to sing! From the moment the children walk through the door we aim for them to feel happy, welcomed and at ease, whether you are an old friend or a newcomer.
Whilst singing together, our goals are to help children understand a little more about music, build confidence, offer performance opportunities and most of all, have fun!
Cheltenham Children’s Choir is split into three choirs. Little Lyrics (5-8 year olds), Vocalise (8-11 year olds) and Harmonise Youth Choir (11-16 year olds). We have an additional BOYS’ PROJECT and SHOW CHOIR, which you can find out more about below. We also offer singing lessons to our members. Our main choirs run in two venues: Holy Apostles Church, Charlton Kings, on a Friday and Naunton Park Primary School, Leckhampton, on Saturday.
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Little Lyrics is a happy, musical group for 5 – 8 year olds. We focus on singing games, simple vocal warm ups and fun, upbeat songs (i.e. songs from Matilda, Moana or Mamma Mia!).
Little Lyrics runs at Holy Apostles Church on a Friday, 4pm – 4:45pm or at Naunton Park Primary School on a Saturday from 9am – 9:45am during term time. Find out more here:
Vocalise is a friendly, musical atmosphere for 8 – 11 year olds. We explore a little about rhythm and harmony within a range of songs, from well-known classics to the children’s favourites!
Vocalise meet at 5pm – 5:45pm at Holy Apostles Church on a Friday or 10am – 10:45am at Naunton Park Primary School, Leckhampton, every Saturday during term time. You can find out more here:
Harmonise are a welcoming youth choir, aged 11-16, who sing everything from Cyndi Lauper to Billie Eilish! We explore many fun vocal warm ups and learn a wide range of singing skills, including singing in harmony.
Harmonise meet 11am – 12pm at Naunton Park Primary School, Leckhampton, every Saturday during term time. You can find out more here:
News and Events
Choir Showcase, June 2021
The Children’s Choir is back with a bang! We are returning to the stage on Saturday, 19th June 2021 at The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, to record our very first streamed concert. Not only that, we are joining forces with the wonderful recently formed adult community choir, Musicality, to create a fantastic Choir Showcase. This will be available to view on your screens on Sunday 20th June 2021 at 6pm. You will shortly be able to buy your tickets, watch this space…
Return to Naunton Park
We have all been super patient and it has been a long time coming, but our return to face-to-face rehearsals is now just around the corner and we are jumping with excitement! Cheltenham Children’s Choir are returning to in-person rehearsals at Naunton Park Primary School on Saturday 24th April. We lots of careful planning to do, to put all our processes in place and make sure everyone returns safely, but oh my, we can’t wait to sing together again!
Music and Drama Education Award
Our founder and choir leader, Amber, was nominated by choir parents for the ‘Francesca Hanley Inspiration Award’, as part of The Music and Drama Education Awards. These national awards were held virtually on 24th March and we all had lots of fun watching the show, hosted by Alexander Armstrong (wow!). Amber didn’t win this time, but it was more than enough to be nominated and surrounded by the most inspirational and wonderful music and drama teachers in the business!
Our pricing is very important to us. Most importantly, we want our choir to be accessible to all children and young people. We therefore aim for a simple, affordable pricing structure. The fees are below:
|Price per session |
(payable in termly or half-termly chunks)
My little girl has been singing every Saturday with Cheltenham Children’s Choir since Amber set it up. She loves it! She has made new friends and grown in confidence. She has had the chance to have fun, enjoy music, perform and be part of the committee! Amber has been a kind, supportive teacher all the way. [See more]A VOCALISE PARENT
My son loves being part of Cheltenham Children’s Choir (Harmonise). He has been a member since Amber started the choir and since joining his love of singing and music has grown enormously thanks to Amber’s wonderful encouragement and support. Amber is a fantastic teacher and choir leader with an enthusiasm that is infectious – the emphasis in choir is on having fun and Saturday mornings are the highlight of my son’s week. [See more]A HARMONISE PARENT
Meet the Team
Musical Director and Founder
My name is Amber Smith, I am a freelance choir director and music teacher. I am the founder and Musical Director of Cheltenham Children’s Choir, founded in 2018. My goal for the choir is to make it a welcoming, fun and happy place, open-to-all, with one thing in common – we all love to sing!
Find out more about our wonderful Children’s Choir team here: