Banbury children’s choir came about through a desire for local music teachers, Rachel Bee and Frances McMillan, to create opportunities for children local to Banbury to sing together in a safe and secure environment. Formed separately in September 2016 by January 2017, we had merged to enable the choir to grow and now run at two venues on Friday evenings.
With music in schools becoming more and more squeezed out, we wanted to provide an environment where children could learn to sing and perform together in a large group. Through learning to sing together, performing a broad range of music and ultimately giving concerts, children not only develop their musicality, but gain confidence and skills that assist in all other aspects of their lives too.
We sing a varied and, at times, challenging repertoire of both unison and part songs. These are a diversified range of genre from sacred and secular early music, folk music, jazz and blues, show music to arrangements of popular and contemporary music from the 21st century. We meet during term time and children are introduced to the various components of singing such as breathing techniques, musical awareness, aural work and team building.
Banbury Children’s Choir is currently a non-auditioning choir for boys and girls from the ages of 7 – 15. Our longer term vision is to eventually run an auditioned choir for older children and alumni of the younger choirs, perform in concerts and other events with other choirs in the region.