We are a small mixed group (currently 3 men and 10 women) that specialises in a cappella close-harmony classical and jazz. Our repertoire ranges from sophisticated jazz arrangements (Swingle, Puerling, Real Group) and tricky classical numbers by the likes of Copland and Whitacre, often in 8 parts.
We don’t perform very frequently, the rehearsals being satisfying in their own right. Mostly we appear as guests in other choirs’ concerts, and are always open to invitations!
The Clockhouse Singers rehearse in the morning because historically it was made up of parents dropping off their children at school at 8.30. At first it was a group singing class, but we got so good we became a choir… and now, several years later, we no longer rehearse at the school (in the Clockhouse) but at 10.00-12.00 every Thursday morning in a pleasant converted barn near Laughton.
Some examples of repertoire are: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – Manhatten Transfer; Celestine – Kirsty McColl; Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap; Hallelujah Chorus – Handel; Sleep – Eric Whitacre; Calme des Nuits – Saint-Saëns; Waltzing Matilda – Swingles; Words – The Real Group; I Got Rhythm; Java Jive; Teddy Bear’s Picnic; Strange Fruit; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Elgar part-songs; Copland.