About Us

Harmony Inspires is a ladies a capella chorus, which sings 4-part harmony; performing songs in a wide variety of styles - including songs from musicals, pop classics and beautiful ballads. We formed in 2007, and have since grown to about 50 members. We come from all walks of life but are united in an enjoyment of music making.

We love to perform and we participate in various sing-outs and competitions throughout the year, including the national convention of the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS).

In addition to having fun, we work hard to improve our singing and performance regularly receive tuition from top coaches.

We meet weekly on Wednesday evenings, 7.30–10.00pm, at Appleton Village Hall.

Have you enjoyed singing at some stage in your life but let it lapse? Or maybe you currently sing but would like to try a different voice part, or have a go at 4-part unaccompanied harmony? We can help you re-discover your voice or learn new skills. The ability to read music is not essential as we provide learning tracks to help you to learn a song quickly.

We welcome new members to join us in our hobby and would love the chorus to keep growing so that as many ladies as possible can have the fun we have. 

Why not give it a try? – see how to join us


Our director - Hari Birtles

The chorus said farewell on 20th October to their previous director, Peter Cookson, who directed Harmony InSpires since 2013 and is now embarking on a Master's degree by research into blend in a cappella singing at York University. 

Hari’s first rehearsal with the chorus will be on 6th November when she will begin to work on the Christmas repertoire for performances in Oxford and Witney during the festive season.

Hari says

“I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to accept the role of Musical Director of Harmony Inspires. Having known and worked with the chorus a few times over the years I cannot wait to get started as their MD.

I am passionate about music and harmony singing have directed and arranged music for numerous groups, therefore working with this enthusiastic, dedicated chorus, I know we’re going to have a great time together.

I look forward to our journey together and am excited for what the future holds for us.”

Read Peter's Interview with The Oxford Mail in 2013

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to develop our love of singing four-part a cappella harmony by providing music education, friendship and performance opportunities for our members.  We share the pleasure of music with the wider public through shows, singing engagements and charity performances.