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Witham Choral Society


Witham Choral Society at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall

The Society was formed in 1957. In the early years the members enjoyed singing madrigals and short choral pieces suitable for the small group, and occasionally joined with the Essex Musical Association and other societies, including the Ipswich Singers, to perform larger scale works.

For over 50 years the Society has grown progressively under the leadership of seven Music Directors, with Patrick McCarthy joining us in 1995. Each has contributed enthusiastically to the Society’s musical life and development and, together with the warmth and passion for singing of the members, the Society has developed and maintained an integrity which has kept it in the fore of choral tradition in the area.

One of our notable choral events was a much praised performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at the renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall, when we combined with the Ipswich and Colchester Bach Choirs and the Colchester Philharmonic. In 2007 we celebrated our 50th Anniversary Year with a full programme of choral works. These included performances of the Verdi and Brahms Requiems and later in the year, in our exchange with the Evangelische Singgemeinde of Weinheim, two performances of Beethoven’s Mass in C and Christ on the Mount of Olives.

We again visited Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 2008 and 2010 to perform Handel’s Solomon and Israel in Egypt respectively, combining with the Ipswich Bach Choir and Dovercourt Choral Society, bringing together some 170 singers to perform these two memorable works. Witham Choral has also appeared several times at the Harwich Festival, in Haydn’s Creation in 2013, Carmina Burana in 2014, HMS Pinafore and we join them again this year – more details on this website.

WE REHEARSE at the Witham United Reformed Church, CM8 1AH, from 7.45pm until 9.45pm every Tuesday in term time.

Witham Choral Society is a registered charity No. 261704

Read about how Patrick stepped up to save the Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on our Personnel Page (bottom right article) follow the link here to the page The clip was also on BBC4 recently, included in the programme ‘Andre Previn the BBC Years’.

THIS YEAR, 2017, WE ARE CELEBRATING THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHOIR!

In 2015 we celebrated 20 years with Patrick at the helm

Photographs (below & right) taken at Witham Public Hall as Patrick celebrated 20 years of conducting the choir, including this lovely cake. See more about this on our members page of the website.

News about our next Concert in Witham - Handel's Messiah

Next Concert

Saturday 11th March 2017
Witham United Reformed Church
7.30 p.m.

Witham Choral is delighted to be bringing The Last Night of the Proms to Witham Public Hall at 7.30 p.m. in Saturday 11 March. The Colchester Philharmonic and soloists Gill Wilson (soprano) and Roderic Knott (tenor) will be adding to the fun of this ever-popular concert.

Conductor Patrick McCarthy is no stranger to the Proms, having made history by stepping in to replace an ailing soloist during a televised concert at the Royal Albert Hall back in 1974. He was one of the promenaders that evening and went backstage to offer to help out after the baritone had been carried off the stage. “It was a unique occasion,” Patrick told us, “and I was recently asked to appear on The One Show to describe the experience even though it happened all those years ago.”

The choir will be singing The Hebrew Slaves among other well-known opera choruses as well as the much-loved Henry Wood Sea Songs and Jerusalem. And, of course, Gill and Roderic will be joining them in Rule Britannia! “There will be some beautiful orchestral items too,” Chairman Anne Priest added, “and I am sure it will be a great evening.”

Tickets are £12 (£5 for those in full-time education) and are available from Witham Public Hall on 0345 017 8717 www.withampublichall.co.uk, The Tourist Office at the Town Hall 01376 502674 or from choir members. For more details telephone 01376 513713.

If you would like to come and sing with us do come along to rehearsals on Tuesdays at 7.45 pm at the United Reformed Church, Newland Street, Witham.

Witham United Reformed Church
To find directions click here

Important Diary Dates:

BRING & BUY THIS TUESDAY, 17TH JANUARY

CHOIR QUIZ NIGHT WITH FISH & CHIP SUPPER, 24TH MARCH

Our weekly COFFEE BAR organised by Mary is a regular fund-raiser for the choir that we can all support by having refreshments and by taking turns at serving them.

We have a monthly BRING AND BUY at coffee time on the third Tuesday of the month which is great fun – lots of seasonal produce and gifts.

Save your pennies for Witham Choral and drop them in the collecting jar on the information table at choir

These all help to bring in funds to put on our concerts for all to enjoy, singers, audience and orchestra.

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FIND OUT MORE: Quick link to the members page and how to find more news about the choir on our Facebook page

Keeping up to date with our choir:

To go directly to our members page click here where you will find up to date news about the choir this term and links to rehearsal aids for the music.

To go to our facebook page click here

Find out what our friends are saying about us on Twitter by clicking here

FUNDRAISING THIS TERM:

Luxury Coach Trips to the Royal Festival Hall & Barbican

We have a new list of concert trips for the new season!

We regularly go on fundraising concert trips to London, organised by Clare. These are principally to the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall.

We have places on the following trips, so book soon if you can:
Royal Festival Hall

NEXT CONCERT: SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12th Royal Festival Hall – PHILHARMONIA MATINEE £27
Conductor John Wilson ELGAR Cockaigne (in London Town)
Viola Lawrence Power WALTON Viola Concerto
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS A London Symphony

See the complete list of trips planned for the new 2016/17 season by clicking here

Anyone interested will be very welcome to join us on these trips, you do not need to be a member of the choir. Money raised helps to keep the choir singing and performing regularly with a professional orchestra.

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