Who We Are
Based in Atherstone near Nuneaton in North Warwickshire Atherstone Choral Society CIO (ACS) is a large non-audition SATB choir that was formed in 1974. Its members come from a wide area including Atherstone, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Tamworth and Birmingham. Today it maintains a choral tradition that began with Handel (Messiah, 1741) and now extends to include Bach, The Beatles and L’Estrange (Zimbe, 2008).
The choir aims to prepare four new concerts each year. Variety is the spice of life, so two (Spring and Autumn usually) are based around one or two well-known pieces from different musical periods. At Christmas we combine the seasonal story with a more secular celebratory tone while the Summer concert is usually a selection of lighter and more modern music. We always aim to perform at least one concert a year in our home town of Atherstone.
Rehearsals run in term time on Monday evenings and these are augmented by occasional Saturday workshops.
Sheet music is usually borrowed in bulk through Warwickshire Music Library. The ability to read music is not a pre-requisite for joining the choir, so this is supported by rehearsal CDs which pick out and play the individual parts.
Although ACS does not have a formal regular repertoire, it does have a number of pieces that have become firm favourites over the years, many of them arranged specially for ACS.
The choir dress code for concerts changed in 2014. Women now wear a black top and long skirt with a teal jacket and men wear a black dinner suit with a teal bow tie.
Photo credit to John B. Smith.