Parenthesis came into being as Central Berkshire Parents’ Choir in 1992. We are now an informal group of over 50 singers, who enjoy a wide range of music styles from jazz to oratorio. We welcome singers of all levels of experience, and we do not require an audition. Some of our members are excellent musicians, others have not sung since their school days. Not everyone can sight read, and we run occasional workshops to build confidence and musical skills. We reckon we are the friendliest choir around and we run a range of social activities throughout the year, though with no compulsion to join in!
Our Musical Director
Matthew Morgan is an exciting, young, professional singer and vocal coach. He studied at the University of Durham, where he gained a first class degree in Music, at the Royal Academy of Music, where he gained an MA and LRAM and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he gained an MMus in Opera. As well as his professional singing engagements, Matthew works with several choirs in different areas of the UK. Matthew is a gifted choir leader, who makes our rehearsals challenging and great fun!
Our twin choir
Since 2003 we have been visiting and welcoming a large choir from a small village in the French Alps, La Stephanelle from St Etienne de Crossey. We have got into the habit of singing together every other year, either in England or in France.
Martin Jones has been our accompanist for over twenty years. His skills as an accompanist are wonderful, in concert and in rehearsal. He is, from time to time, a soloist in concerts for us, and he has composed several pieces for us to sing.