About Oakenshaw Community Choir

Oakenshaw Community Choir was formed in 2012 by a small group of enthusiasts led by our previous musical director Sarah Mallinson. The aim of the choir is to bring people together from Oakenshaw & surrounding areas to share and enjoy making music, as well as bringing a strong sense of local identity and above all to have fun.

If you’ve seen the BBC TV series The Choir presented by Gareth Malone here is his view on the benefits of singing:

“Singing is good for your health, it lifts the spirits and you can do it for free (if you’re really lucky, people will actually pay you to do it!) – So what are you waiting for? There’s so much you can do…”

Our Members

We welcome anyone with an interest in singing. No formal auditions or ability to read music are required, though members should be able to hold a tune.

New members are always welcome to visit and see what we do without obligation. We particularly welcome more men – there are never enough! If you want to give us a try we’ll give you a warm welcome and help you feel at home.

Don’t worry if you’ve never sung before or if you don’t read music. We have experienced singers and absolute beginners in our choir. If you’re a bit nervous, don’t worry if you make mistakes because we learn as a group to get the right notes when we rehearse.  It’s an uplifting experience, you get to meet new people, and it’s good for your health and your confidence. We do ask that under 16’s are accompanied by an adult.

Join us! The door is always open to new members at Oakenshaw Community Choir!

Read more about our Musical Director, Jess Ward, over on the blog.

When & where?

We meet each Monday, in school term time, at St Andrew’s Church, Oakenshaw from 8 pm to 9.30pm. The choir itself has no religious, political or cultural affiliations and everyone is welcome.

Each term we work towards some sort of performance, whether it’s a local event or summer gala, Christmas songs and carols at a variety of venues or a charity fundraising concert. Bookings and invitations to sing, whether for fundraising or social, are always welcome.

Our repertoire is drawn from a wide range of music including popular songs, classical, spirituals and musicals and is arranged usually in 3 or 4 part harmonies.


There is an annual membership fee of £5 payable after a taster period of 4 weeks and then each January. We ask for a fee of £2 towards running costs per attendance (£1 for under 18s). Great value for money!

For membership enquiries, performance enquiries or further information email oakenshawcommunitychoir@outlook.com or contact Linda Hopkinson on 01274 861456


The choir is run by a small dedicated group of volunteers who have a variety of roles within the choir. All of whom welcome and support members old and new.