The motto of the Damon Singers is “To sing for pleasure, for others and ourselves”. This is as true now as it was when the choir, then consisting of 16 singers, was formed in 1957 under its first director, David Carr. Currently, the choir has 20 members under the direction of David Cooke. We are based in Chesham, and rehearse in the White Hill Centre on Wednesday evenings.
We usually perform to raise funds for charity. Sometimes we are invited to sing at weddings or other church services. At least one event every year raises funds for the choir, to enable us to continue buying music that will enlarge our repertoire. For many years, we have been “twinned” with The Oriel Singers, a Liverpool choir, with whom we promote joint concerts.
The Damon Singers have participated in the Sainsbury Choir of the Year competition, sung at the Liverpool Anglican cathedral, at Stowe School, at the Wodehouse, a Jacobean mansion near Wombourne, Wolverhampton and at many other venues. In 2001, our two concerts in Normandy were enthusiastically received. The choir encourages small groups of members to form their own ensembles, in which to explore and perform music outside its main repertoire, and which requires a different approach.
In addition to making music, the choir arranges a number of social events, parties, themed evenings, canal trips, etc., all of which contribute to the warm and friendly atmosphere.