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At the Community Choir Festival, Stratford-on-Avon singing ‘Let the River Run’ arr Kait Lee

Len & Vanessa                               Rest in Peace, our friend, Len Adams

Singing For Laughs 2014









We meet on Wed. evenings during term time at 7:30pm. 

Bring a bottle of water and lots of enthusiasm! 

Christmas Flashmob-2


Christmasfest:  Auld Lang Syne (with Mother’s Jam)

We have two aims: to make a nice sound, and have fun.  Both are equally important!

Marlborough’s mayor, Edwina Fogg, has awarded the crawl4choir a prestigious Waits Badge for recognition of our services to community music.  Waits Badges have been  traditionally given to bands of minstrels who entertained at court since the time of Elizabeth I.

Receiving the award from Mayor Fogg

The Members’ Page has all the sound and word files and is password-protected.  You’ll receive the password when you sign up for the term.  I’ll also provide a practice CD.

The Marlborough Community Choir is open to everyone, of any age, and any musical experience (including none at all).  We will have a very eclectic repertoire, spanning folk, world music, pop, reggae, and Motown.  The only music not included is what might be considered serious classical or sacred.

There are no auditions, and no music to read as everything is taught by ear.  I am a trained Natural Voice Practitioner and hold to its principles of inclusiveness.  Click here for more information about the NVPN.  We are not a performance choir as such, although there will be opportunities to perform for those who want to.  The emphasis is on singing for fun!

We meet Wednesday evenings during term time 7:30-9:30pm at St Peter’s church on Marlborough High St (the one with the craft market).  There is free parking in the High St after 6:30.

So come along and check it out, you can try the first session with no commitment.  The Principles and Philosophies document attached here summarises the things that you need to know.


Please contact me through the site if you have any questions, or phone 07967985046.

Vanessa Lafaye


23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dee Carter
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 08:01:01

    Am interested in joining your community choir. Is it on this Weds.


    • hairykid
      Oct 03, 2010 @ 10:49:31

      Hi Dee, there are free taster sessions on Wed13th and 20th October, and we start for real on Wed. 3rd Nov. Check out the Dates and Events page for full details. Look forward to meeting you! Vanessa


  2. Wendy
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 08:57:15

    Hi I am keen to come along on 3 Nov but have transport issues – could anyone give me a lift back to Pewsey afterwards? Really enjoyed my evening at yours, Vanessa, so would love to join in.



    • Shona
      Oct 26, 2010 @ 19:07:49

      Hi Wendy, I would be happy to give you a lift back to Pewsey after the session on the 3rd November. Are you OK to get there or do you need a lift to Marlborough? Best wishes, Shona


  3. hairykid
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 09:39:03

    Hi Wendy, I think that there may be some people from Pewsey way who could help. Will ask the folks who turn up for the taster session next week and week after. Vanessa


  4. Linda Blake
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 21:02:50

    Hi Wendy,

    I missed the two taster sessions, is it OK to come along the first week to try it out?
    Thanks, Linda


    • hairykid
      Oct 25, 2010 @ 21:19:23

      Hi Linda,
      You’re welcome to try it on 3rd Nov. and make up your mind from that. Bring some water, or get a drink from the bar. Let me know if you have any questions.
      Best wishes,


  5. Carla Smith
    Oct 31, 2010 @ 19:02:39

    Hello to all of you.

    This is a message for Vanessa to start with.

    Would you be interested in doing some christmas carol singing at an event we are hoping to arrange in December sometime. It will be in aid of Help The Heroes.

    If you would like to know more info about what we are thinking of doing please dont hesitate to ask me.



  6. Diana Scott
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 23:44:34

    Hi Vanessa,
    Good luck with the ‘official’ start of your new Choir on Wednesday!
    Best wishes, Diana


  7. Nicky Wood`
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 10:40:30

    Hi Vanessa,

    Just to confirm that quite a few members of Core-Us are planning to come to your taster session on 12th, if thats ok. Probably about 6+

    Really looking forward to it – see you next Wednesday. Nicky x


  8. hairykid
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 15:17:44

    Hi Nicky,
    Happy new year! And you’re all welcome to come and taste on the 12th, will be great to see you-


  9. Corey Elinoff
    May 13, 2011 @ 02:20:46

    Hi there my name is Corey Elinoff. I sing soprano maybe interested in singing in your choir in the fall. What nights do you rehearse and where do you practice?


    • hairykid
      May 13, 2011 @ 10:17:04

      Hi Corey you’re welcome to try out the choir to see if it’s for you. Pls read the Principles & philosophies document on the website as it answers most questions. We’re very informal, no sheet music. We meet Wed 7:30 in St Peter’s church. Vanessa


  10. Sara Holden
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 10:59:54

    Dear Vanessa,

    A big thank you to yourself and all your choir for making us the beneficiary of your delightful concert last evening. We are hugely appreciative. Hope to see more of you,

    All the best,



  11. Irene Pielke
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 13:48:33

    Hello Vanessa,
    I would like to join the Community Choir. Your member Sarah Smith told me about it. When would be the best time to come and have a look?
    I’m German, so I have a bit of an accent.
    Best wishes
    Irene Pielke


  12. Juliet McGregor
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 12:56:37

    Hello Vanessa,
    I am interested in joining the community choir in the new year. When will your first meeting be please?

    best wishes , Juliet McGregor.


    • hairykid
      Dec 02, 2011 @ 13:09:14

      Hi Julie,
      We will be starting again on 11 Jan. In the meantime, there are several opportunities in Dec. to see us in action (on the Dates and Events page), which will give you an idea of the style and repertoire. I look forward to meeting you in the new year.


  13. Vivien Swift
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 16:13:34

    Dear Vanessa,
    I am wondering if any of your choir members might be interestested in volunteering on a Thursday morning to help at Singing for the Brain? This is a group run by Alzheimer Support held in Lockeridge Village Hall. It caters for people with memory loss and their carers. We are quite a small group but would love to welcome more members and have more volunteers. The Volunteers put out chairs/ make coffee/tea /chat and and join in the singing activities which are led by a very lovely leader.
    If anyone would like to find out more please contact
    Caroline Holland 01672 852249 / 07546 496457
    Best wishes, Vivien Swift


  14. Caz Caple
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 23:56:44

    Had an absolute blast at Christmasfest tonight. Well done to you guys, fantastic. Will definitely be checking out the other acts in the future, roll on next year!!


  15. Sheila Mitchell
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 14:14:14

    Wonderful! Very entertaining. Well done to everyone


  16. Angela Lambert
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 17:33:10

    Bumped into two of your members at The Food Gallery today – Mary and Julie ( I think?) and they encouraged me to think about joining you. If i decide to, do I just turn up on the evening?


  17. Tricia Hornby
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 13:45:38

    Hi Everyone, just listened to your Jazz singing on u tube, you sounded fabulous as usual, well done. Hope you had a great time, love to everyone. Tricia x


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