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
James Dixon was appointed Music Director of Parenthesis Choir, Reading in September 2020. James moved to the UK in 2012 from Sydney to study choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. Since then he has worked as a conductor, singer and teacher/lecturer in the UK, Europe, Singapore and Australia.
James is presently Director of Music at St Francis of Assisi
Church, Notting Hill, Musical Director of St Cecilia Chorus, Banstead, Opus XVI Chamber Choir, Streatham, the Brighton Consort and the Byrd Consort, Leura-Australia. He is also the Curriculum Music Teacher and Choir Master at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Bermondsey as part of Southwark Music Services’s School Partnership Programme.
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.