Basingstoke Ladies' Choir started life in 1964 under the baton of a Cornishman, Ken Williams, who formed the choir from the wives of men working at the AWRE in Aldermaston. Originally called the Oakridge Singers, the choir quickly grew both in number and reputation drawing in women from a wider area and was renamed Basingstoke Ladies’ Choir. It would take a month of Sundays to recount all the wonderful years and experiences of the choir – friendships have been formed with other choirs in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Malta and Spain. Overseas trips have always been an important and very enjoyable part of the choir’s history and, in fact, a trip to Belgium is planned for 2021 – postponed because of the Covid 19 virus. We have won many prizes at Music Festivals and, like other choirs, have supported many charities.
The choir has benefited from having several Music Directors over the years and is currently under the baton of Clare Oliver. You will see more information about Clare on the Music Team page on the Website.