Who We Are
Atherstone Choral Society CIO (ACS) is a large non-audition choir that was formed in 1974. 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. The Summer concert is usually a selection of lighter and more modern music.
Rehearsals run in term time on Monday evenings, augmented by occasional Saturday workshops.
Sheet music is usually borrowed in bulk via Warwickshire Music Library and supported by rehearsal CDs to pick out and play the individual parts (not all members read music).
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. Men wear a black dinner suit with a teal bow tie.