About Us

Woven Chords specialises in traditional songs from around the world including some from our own folk culture as well as some contemporary rock, pop and gospel. Our repertoire of over 200 songs covers most parts of the globe: Eastern Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Antipodes and Polynesia, Europe and Great Britain with harmonies drawn from centuries-old oral traditions. From gospel to work songs, from haunting chants to rousing celebrations, there is something here for everyone.

The Woven Chords repertoire reflects the versatility of what Andy Kershaw calls ‘the world’s most important instrument’ and ranges from the extraordinary polyphony of Georgian church music which makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, through the hard-edged ringing cries of the Balkans, to the resounding calls and responses of South African protest songs which invite you to join in. Wherever possible, songs are sung in the language of their country of origin.

The choir’s enthusiastic love of singing is evident at any Woven Chords’ performance. During the past twenty years the choir has been delighting audiences both local and further afield with the diversity of its music, which it endeavours to deliver with energy, passion and authenticity.

New Leader for Woven Chords!

Graham Dale
Graham Dale

It is with much sadness that Woven Chords has said "Goodbye" to Emmanuel Omuederiaye after a wonderful 18 months under his enthusiastic and exciting leadership. It has been a stimulating period for us as we learned and developed his new compositions written especially for us and, although rather nerve wracking at times, acquired the art of 'freestyle'!

So now we are embarking on a new chapter and the Committee are pleased to announce that Graham Dale has been appointed as our new choir director. There is no doubt that it is going to be different but definitely exciting.

Graham Dale is a composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist performer, band leader, session musician, workshop leader, ethnomusicologist and instrument maker. He also has over 20 years' teaching experience on college courses.

Woven Chords are looking forward to working with Graham to develop our repertoire and style and welcome anyone interested in singing to join us on 13th September 2018 at the Stamford Arts Centre.

For more information contact Hilary Bloomer on hilary@wovenchords.com

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Out and About

Woven Chords takes any opportunity to support the local community by performing at local fund raising events and festivals and also private functions, including weddings and funerals. We have also performed at London’s South Bank Festival and the Midlands Community Choirs Festival.

In 2013 we went international and sang to capacity audiences in Castricum, Holland as part of an exchange with Dutch choir Vokaal Kabaal. (See Choir Exchange page.)

We love joining forces with other Natural Voice Choirs, and have done so in the past with Global Harmony from Leicestershire.

Woven Chords is a Natural Voice choir, no auditions, everyone welcome. If you can speak, you can sing! So if you enjoy singing, socialising and inspirational leadership why not join us?

Interested in joining? See Contact Us page.