How can I join in?
If you want your choir to participate as a whole,
Looking for the choir's sheet music? Scroll down the page.
If you want to come along to sing as an individual – welcome! It's not too late to join as long as you can make all the remaining rehearsals.
By singing in the Jubilee Choir you will be an important part of Wokingham's Jubilee celebrations. If you're a choral singer (current or lapsed!) we will provide you will all the necessary support to learn the music and sing at the concert.
Some of you, of course, will already be familiar with the repertoire, and will be confident to come along to a couple of rehearsals and join in the fun! Others need a bit more support, and so we're supplying practice CDs and music packs to enable you to practice at home. We encourage you to join in, and if you would like a bit of advice, please don't hesitate to contact our conductor, Richard Smith, here.
Becoming a member of the Jubilee Chorus costs £10, which includes the hire of all the music, practice CDs, and entry to all of the public rehearsals.
Click here to sign up!
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if it rains?
We put our woolly vests and our brightest smiles on, sing our hearts out and thank the Lord that the stage is entirely under cover!
What is the dress code for the concert?
White blouses and black trousers or skirts for the ladies, black dinner jackets & bow ties for the men. If it's chilly, the ladies are welcome to wear white cardigans.
Can children join the Jubilee Chorus?
The rehearsals will be adult-length and adult-paced. On the day of the concert, we'll be rehearsing and sound-checking for three hours, followed by a full-length evening concert at which we'll expect good stage discipline. For these reasons, we think that the Jubilee Chorus is probably not right for children under the age of 14.
How will singers and an orchestra be heard in the the middle of a field?
We think the huge sound system we're installing will probably help!
Will we be expected to sing from memory?
No. We'll be using sheet music. Feel free to look up from time to time, though! It stops our conductor getting grumpy.
Will we be standing throughout the whole concert?
No, just for the bits we're singing.
When can we expect to receive the music packs?
In good time for the first rehearsal, around the second week in April.
Download the sheet music here (files will open in your PDF viewer)
Download the sheet music for Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.
Download the sheet music for Handel's Zadok the Priest.
Download the sheet music for Parry's I was Glad.
Download the sheet music for Stanford's Coronation Gloria.
Elgar's Coronation Ode (movements 2a & 2b) to follow.
This edition of Parry's "I was Glad" is, to the best of WJC's knowledge, in the public domain. The edition of "Zadok the Priest" (J.Grootes) is issued under a Creative Commons Licence and the edition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" is in the public domain. The copyright edition of Stanford's "Coronation Gloria" remains with Richard Smith but permission has been granted for its free use and distribution for the purposes of preparing for and performing the Wokingham Jubilee Chorus's concert on 2nd June.
The following external links contain audio and video performances. WJC accepts no liability for any copyright infringements by the host sites or content providers, although it has satisfied itself that the host website has utlilsed its own clearance procedures. WJC also asks its members to be tolerant of the performances in some of these videos - we hope they help, anyway! Clicking these links lead to external sites, over whose content WJC has no control.
View a video performance of Stanford's Coronation Gloria.
View a video performance of Handel's Zadok the Priest.
View a video performance of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.
View a video performance of Parry's I was Glad.
Hear an audio performance of Elgar's Coronation Ode (2a - The Queen).
Hear an audio performance of Elgar's Coronation Ode (2b - Daughter of Ancient Kings).