The goose is getting fat

Christmas is coming soon, and with it will come plenty of opportunities to hear the choir.


First up is The Big Christmas Sing

Saturday 2nd December 7pm at St Alban’s Church, Swaythling. We will be joined by dancers from the  Parkewood School of Dance and young singers from some local schools, and perhaps some others. This is an event we do from time to time and it’s always fun.



In previous years we have sung at the Mayor’s Carol Service, originally intended for Civic Centre staff and held in the main entrance hall of the Civic Centre, and anyone can come.

Southampton Civic Centre

It’s an impressive venue, with wide stairs and brilliantly painted plasterwork, and is a nice place to sing just at the peak of the festive season (punch and mince pies afterwards of course).

Southampton Guildhall Square looking very festive

This year however, in an attempt to be more available to the community at large the event will take place outside in the Guildhall Square, so it’s wrap up warm time, get those lanterns out and Sing!

This will be on Thursday 21st December at 3:30pm



The next day, we are going for an evening at the pub.

OK, Carols and Pizza at the King Rufus in Eling on Friday 22nd December at 7pm. This pub is run as a sort of co-op and has regular musical events. Pizza is optional (?) and cooked on their outside wood oven.

20 years young and still going strong

The Central Hall Community Choir started life in the autumn of 1997 to prepare for Christmas events at the Central Hall….

Central Hall 1998, the earliest photo we’ve found yet. OK it’s Easter, but Hey!

We have come through many concerts, church services, weddings, cakes, carnivals, festivals, parties, cakes, memorials, choir trips away, cakes and singing in chip shops to here:

St. Peter’s Church Fete, Sept 2017 – a little less hair, but still singing.







The choir is 20 years old this term so we are having a party to celebrate at the Central Hall in the evening of Saturday December 9th at 7:30pm. All former choir members and friends are welcome. The exact activities at the party are yet to be arranged but there will definitely be cake.




St Peter’s Curdridge once again.

It’s not often that we sing at the same place twice in a row, but we have been invited to help the good folk of St Peter’s Curdridge celebrate the 130th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of their church building.

The church itself is older than that as there was an earlier chapel from 1835, part of which remains, but it’s the later, current one we are celebrating.


This will be a Sunday afternoon church service at 4pm on 26th Nov.   3 days shy of 130 years.

Expect songs about stones and buildings – and of course cake.

Music in the City… Roll on next year.

170 acts

               22 locations

                                       1000 performers.

Here’s the choir in Quilter’s Vault in 2009

This event has run annually since 2009.








And here we are last year in the Undercroft

This time we were in the Bargate for the first time. There was a very appreciative audience, and we were preceded by 3p Suite, a vocal threesome and followed by the excellent Fiddler on the Hoof ceilidh band. It’s a real pleasure to sing in these unusual locations, some of which have been used in the city for centuries, the acoustics and intimate setting all make for a great gig .

Did you see us in the Bargate? Please leave a comment, or if you’d like to have a go yourself then you could come along to one of our Monday evening practices at the Central Hall, St. Mary St. Southampton, 8-10pm. There’s no subscriptions or auditions, but there is tea, biscuits, and sometimes cake.

St. Peter’s Church Fête Curdridge Saturday 23rd September

We were asked to perform a short concert to finish the St. Peter’s Church Fête  in Curdridge.  It was a lovely sunny day and the event seemed to be going very nicely when we turned up.

Fortunately the audience clearly enjoyed themselves, singing along at times and it was great fun to do. They had this amusing giant photo frame for us to appear in afterwards …

Welcome back! Monday September 11th 8-10 pm Central Hall

Well done for your singing and commitment last term. I hope you have had a good summer! Just to confirm that on Monday 11th September we’re back for our first rehearsal (8-10 pm at Central Hall) and it’s an “open” session – do invite friends along and please wear your name badge too if you have one. Looking forward to it!

A Summer Afternoon of Music and Cream Tea – Sunday 2nd July, 3 pm – St. Mary’s, South Stoneham

We’re singing at St. Mary’s South Stoneham this coming Sunday – do tell your friends and family about our concert:

You are invited to join us for a summer afternoon of music and cream tea in the beautiful setting of St. Mary’s Church, Church Close, off Wessex Lane, South Stoneham SO18 2ST

Sunday 2nd July @ 3pm

with the Central Hall Community Gospel Choir and friends


Southampton and Eastleigh Choral Festival

Well done for how you sang at the Choral Festival – there was tons of energy there and you really looked and sounded the part! I couldn’t see the audience but they seemed to be enjoying themselves. Andrea and Cliff said we’ve got the passion – and they really know their stuff so they should know. Big thanks as well to Mark (bass) and Ken (drums). A sweet sound – well done!

Click here for some photos of us at this event