New members are always welcome. If you're lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and have the desire to sing, come along to one of our rehearsals. We’re of mixed backgrounds and abilities – you’re not expected to have any experience, to read music, or to have an audition (although our musical director will need to check which section you’ll be singing in). You just need to have a desire to sing and learn, and we provide practice tracks so that you can learn between rehearsals.
Singing is thirsty work so we have a short break during practice and often afterwards we'll share a drink or two at a gay-friendly pub.
Private lessons are also available at a very modest cost.
If you’d like to see if we’re right for you, why not come along to one of our rehearsals and give it a go? It won’t cost you anything and singing in a choir is a very supportive environment.
The Thames Valley Gay Chorus (TVGC) is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from around the Thames Valley who enjoy singing. We’re based in Reading but perform all around the area. A voluntary group, the Chorus helps develop people with a desire to sing and read music, and enables LGBT people to express themselves through music. Singing has recognised health benefits including respiration, mental health, self-confidence and memory.
The music we perform ranges from classical and sacred music through jazz, blues, songs from the shows to pop. Our repertoire has included Abba, Burt Bacharach, Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees, Beethoven, Irving Berlin, Bon Jovi, Leonard Cohen, Coldplay, Bob Dylan, Fauré, José Feliciano, Handel, Haydn, Billy Joel, Lerner and Loewe, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Offenbach, Cole Porter, Queen, Rodgers and Hammerstein, John Rutter, Strauss, James Taylor, Verdi, stage musicals and movies. Take a look at our recent concert programmes - there’s sure to be something for everyone!
For the autumn/winter 2016, Thames Valley Gay Chorus appointed Samuel Barton as their Music Director.
Samuel Barton is a conductor, chorister, and double bassist living and working in London. He spent 2010-2015 studying and then working in Toronto, Canada where he gained a wealth of choral and orchestral conducting experience.