The Snowdown Choir was formed in 1929 by John Yorath, a Welshman, who was the choir-master of St. Peter’s Church Aylesham, and the choir has now been based in the village for 80 years. In this time the choir has given more than 2000 concerts at venues, as small as Tilmanstone church and as large as The Albert Hall, in towns and villages in England, Wales and Cornwall as well as France, Belgium and Holland. During these events, the choir has raised in excess of £1,000,000 for worthy causes.
Although originally a miners’ choir, the closure of the coalfield means that we now draw our members from all walks of life and from a wide area of Kent. (Some of our singers do a round trip of over 50 miles to attend practices.)
The opening of the new Kent Coalfield, at the start of the 20th Century, brought miners from all over the British Isles, anxious to find work. Many were from South Wales and Yorkshire, and they brought with them strong choral traditions. Soon the collieries at Snowdown, Betteshanger, Tilmanstone and Chislet all boasted male voice choirs, and in 1948, all four choirs combined to give a concert at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Sadly, the Snowdown Choir is now the only one left.
Joining us is EASY!
Just turn up on a practice night and talk to any of the members. There is no voice test – we’ll sit you with an experienced singer, give you a music folder and you’ll be singing before you know it. It doesn’t matter if you can’t read music, some of our singers can’t! You’ll find you quickly pick up a basic knowledge and this will be enough.
Are you a little apprehensive? Then sit and listen until you feel ready to give it a go. Our tea team will give you a cup of tea and a biscuit and make you very welcome. Bring your ladies with you, we welcome everybody to our practices. You’ll find all our members are very sociable and you’ll quickly feel at home.
We practice every MONDAY evening, (except Bank Holidays), from 7.30-9.30 at St. Finbarr’s Church in the centre of AYLESHAM, KENT. (Aylesham is 2 miles on the east side of the A2 mid-way between Canterbury and Dover.)
If you want to check whether a practice is on, please ring one of our contact numbers.
Some of our Tea Ladies
Rehearsals in full swing