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About the choir

Rivarate is a mixed choir for all ages and levels of experience.  It was formed in Caversham Heights in September 2008 with a membership of just over 20 enthusiastic singers.  It did not take long for word to spread and within a year the choir had trebled in size and going from strength to strength has been gaining in popularity ever since.   We currently have just under 100 members.

What’s in a name?
The name ‘Rivarate’ goes back a few years to when a group of women from a previous choir decided to set up a new one and they chose the name because it means ‘relaunched women’ in Italian (none of them was Italian but we hope you’ll agree it has a more attractive ring than the English equivalent). When the men came along the name stayed put (and no objections so far).


We rehearse in Caversham Heights Methodist Church on Tuesday evenings during term time between 7.45pm and 9.30pm.


Examples of our repertoire include:

The Scientist - Coldplay

Westside Story
Rhythm of Life
Locus Iste – Bruckner
Fields of Gold
Sleepytime Bach
Let the river run - Carly Simon

Agnus Dei – Faure
Londonderry Air
Gilbert and Sullivan choruses
Bohemian Rhapsody
Bogoroditse Devo – Rachmaninoff


Biographical details

Sarah Scotchmer  Musical Director

Sarah has a degree in music from Bristol University and a singing diploma from the Royal Academy of Music. She is an experienced choir conductor who believes that everyone can sing and does her best to make sure that they really can! She was Head of Music at The Holt School in Wokingham for some years, and became the Advanced Skills Teacher for Music for Wokingham Borough. In this role she supported music teachers in the delivery of A level and GCSE Music. Her husband and two daughters are also musicians so the family home is rarely quiet and there is usually a musical project on the horizon.

Pam Asbury Accompanist

Pam trained at The London College of Music where she studied piano and voice. She works as a freelance accompanist and teaches voice and piano as well as working as a teaching assistant in primary schools. She lives in Caversham with her husband Neil and three children.

Pam Asbury –Accompanist

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