The River City Chorus is an Exeter based A Cappella and Barbershop group formed in 1992. We perform across Devon and the surrounding areas at weddings, social events, charity and fundraising events and in local and national competitions. Every year we enter the Devon Performing Arts Festival and face stiff competition from other local singing groups. We were thrilled by our success recently in March 2022 where we won all three classes gaining two distinctions and an honours. We think that much of this was down to our committment to continuing to sing during the Covid lockdown. Our weekly "zoom" sessions and rehearsals out of doors (in all weathers) when allowed helped us to maintain our strong sense of team spirit as well as our singing ability.
Within the chorus, we are focussed on our singing making an audio and visual experience for our audience. To do this we go through each new song to agree the story behind it so that we are all singing it with the same emotion and focus; this can make our performances come to life and create very moving experiences.
We currently have about 30 members who come from all walks of life and who travel to sing with us from all parts of Devon and Somerset and new members are always welcome. We are a friendly and welcoming group and have a lot of fun but with a strong commitment to improving our performance.
We sing a wide variety of songs, ranging from the romantic to easy beat and up tempo - spanning all the decades from 1910 to the more modern era including songs by Queen, Lady Gaga and Megan Trainor.
We are members of LABBS - the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers. This gives us lots of opportunites to meet up with other choirs, to learn, perform, and sometimes compete. Although national meetings have been cancelled the last couple of years in October 2021 we were finally able to meet up locally if not nationally, and joined other choruses from the South West at a Local Convention in Saltash for the day. It is always great fun to meet with other singers and get the chance to sing in harmony with a massive number of other like-minded people. We are currently rehearsing for the national competition which will take place in Bournemouth in October 2022.