Musica Vera – Chamber Choir – Cheltenham

Summer concert 2022

A Summer concert of folk songs by British composers will be given in St Mary’s Church, Prestbury on 2 July. See the Concerts page for more details.

MUSICA VERA is an accomplished, friendly, and welcoming chamber choir, based in Cheltenham, and founded in 1964 by Graham Smallbone.  We have since performed in more than 150 concerts, and have broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s “The Choir”.

Frequently performing with our associated chamber orchestra, Musica Vera Camerata, we also occasionally work with other ensembles.

We are known for our innovative programming, for which we have received an award from Cheltenham Arts Council, and for our enjoyable performances. We often make use of performance venues’ spatial characteristics – with singers sometimes placed in various locations around the venue in those concerts where the music will benefit.

We look forward to seeing you at our concerts, and/or to welcoming you as a singing member!

You can follow the Choir on Facebook: and on Twitter:  @vera_musica


CONTACT For further details about the Choir, including membership, please email the Secretary –

We rehearse on Wednesdays during term-time from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at St Mary’s church, Prestbury.​ 

We normally operate an introductory period for new members of a few weeks to allow you to decide if you would like to become a permanent member of the choir.​

The choir has a tradition of a good standard of sight reading and, after the initial period, new members will normally be asked to take part in a short and simple audition with the Director of Music before their membership is confirmed. Singers are asked to practise music between rehearsals (the choir will provide resources to aid learning as appropriate), and are expected to attend all rehearsals in order to keep our standards high (although we do allow absences by prior arrangement with the Director of Music).​

If you are a keen singer committed to performing to a high standard, we would very much like to hear from you.