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Anglophone fun and lively choir in Geneva?

I had joined my village choir but to be honest, it is very formal and stilted. And, sadly, even though I am bilingual French/English, I feel like I am and will always be an outsider (i.e. not born in the village)
I want to unwind after a long day at work, and socialising and having fun through a varied repertoire (there are other things than just a requiem, aren't they?) should be, in my view, part of the deal. I'd love to join a choir that would have a real social mix, a wide repertoire and an average age below 80 if possible. And please, oh please, can we do Xmas carols at Xmas time?

Is there such a choir in Geneva?
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Re: Anglophone fun and lively choir in Geneva?

Here's a slightly helpful answer. What you are looking for exists. I know because my last (dutch) intern was part of it. They did a concert last autumn with seasonal songs, including the Cold Song from Purcell's "King Arthur". I was struck because they were directed by Mark Deller. His father, Alfred, was a counter tenor who was a key part of the Baroque revival in the UK. Saw him at the Macclesfield Music festival in about 1968 .

To get back on topic, I've no idea what the choir is called .
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Re: Anglophone fun and lively choir in Geneva?

So enquire, using all your spying network and get back to me with a name, or you shall end in Champ-Dollon and don't pass go!

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Here's a slightly helpful answer. What you are looking for exists. I know because my last (dutch) intern was part of it. They did a concert last autumn with seasonal songs, including the Cold Song from Purcell's "King Arthur". I was struck because they were directed by Mark Deller. His father, Alfred, was a counter tenor who was a key part of the Baroque revival in the UK. Saw him at the Macclesfield Music festival in about 1968 .

To get back on topic, I've no idea what the choir is called .
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Re: Anglophone fun and lively choir in Geneva?

Hi, did you find a lively local choir here in Geneva and if so, which one ?!?!
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Re: Anglophone fun and lively choir in Geneva?

I think he's graduated to yodelling.
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I think he's graduated to yodelling.


Now working on my Masters in yodelling!
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by which i interpret you gave up on the choir scene
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Re: Anglophone fun and lively choir in Geneva?

I sort of hesitated before getting involved here. I'm English, sing in two choirs (well in Terre Sainte, so not strictly speaking Geneva, but not far away). Both choirs are Swiss, but both have English speakers in them, but in neither do we pay any particular attention to that. It's not as though the Anglos disappear off to the pub on their own for example. Mind you I would have probably avoided that even if it had been the case.
I've sung music from the 16th to the 21st centuries with the choirs in English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian and I think Spanish. The choirs do work differently to what I was used to in England, but nothing that a little bit of flexibility couldn't deal with. The main difficulty I had was dealing with French solfège despite speaking French fluently.
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by which i interpret you gave up on the choir scene




Not completely. I've been asked by two choirs to join them: they are desperate for males with a bass voice and under 60!!


My problem is that I can't read music scores easily (I learn by listening) and I am not a big fan of choirs where everything is seriously classical. I don't mind classical music, but I like to be able to do other registers (blues, soul, gospel, music of the world and, dream of dreams, I'd love to be able to sing "In the bleak midwinter" and fun carols (to balance the bleak mid-winter, precisely!) at Xmas time.


It looks like there might be something at work, of all places, but now that I've gone to the Dark Side (Yodel!), I'm hesitating to commit.
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