Palida A Cappella Choir

Karen Wimhurst leads the Palida A Cappella Choir. Here she tells us more about the group.

Q. How would you describe the group?
A. We’re an a cappella chamber choir of about twenty-five people. I’m the choral leader which not only involves directing the choir but also means composing some pieces and arranging our music.

Q. What genres of music do you cover?
A. We aim to cover a wide range of repertoires from close harmony jazz through to modern scores, madrigals and seasonal songs.

Q. Where and when do you normally perform?
A. We perform at least three concerts a year. Some of these are at the Arts Centre, others further afield.

Q. How would you describe the group members and the team ethos?
A. The choir brings together a friendly bunch of enthusiasts, committed to singing interesting and sometimes challenging material. Above all, it’s great fun.

Q. How often do you rehearse?
A. We meet Tuesdays weekly at the Arts Centre, 7.30 – 9pm. We always start with warm-up exercises to improve technique and skill.

Q. How have you managed during Lockdown?
A. We’ve had regular Zoom meetings and we’ve also managed to put a YouTube video together.

Q. How do people join?
A. Full details can be found at and anyone interested can call me on 01747 850978. People are normally invited along to a rehearsal to check that it’s what they’re looking for and if yes, they’re invited to attend an informal audition.

Q. Any final thoughts?
A. Take a look at our YouTube video: