About us

The Choir

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 really good 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

Valerie Hoppé MBE, led the choir for over twenty years before her retirement four years ago.

She returns to lead us again, by popular demand, for an interim period. Valerie has led choirs of all sizes and levels with outstanding success. Her male voice choir had an enviable reputation in the South East, as does her chamber choir still.

She leads a community choir in Surrey, which she founded. She is much in demand as a singing teacher, launching her pupils on to the professional stage with a rigorous knowledge of repertoire and technique as well as an appreciation of the love of singing, which she shares generously with her choirs as well as her pupils.

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.

Our accompanist

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.

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David cottam, chairman

Our thriving choir is always keen to welcome new members. We are a friendly bunch, who love to sing, socialise and generally have a good time. We also enjoy visiting our friends in the French Alps, La Stephanelle, and making Music together. 

So if you think this sounds like the place for you do get in touch.


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