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Witham Choral Society

Witham Choral Society at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall

Autumn 2021 Press Release just out: click here to read all about our Christmas Celebration Concert!

We are delighted to be meeting for rehearsals at 7.45pm on Tuesdays at Witham United Reformed Church, Newland Street, CM8 1AH.

We are now working on our Christmas Celebration Concert programme, with parts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and carols for choir and audience.

We hope to see you there!

We encourage everyone attending rehearsals to take care and protect each other by wearing masks when not singing and hand sanitising on arrival to keep each other safe, especially our more vulnerable members. More instructions are provided – contact us for details.

Vacancies available: Accompanist and Musical Director – if you are interested please get in touch for details. Contact Revd Stephen Northfield on 01245 380958.

Sad news, Tony Mortimer 1946-2021 We were sad to share with you all, the news of the loss of our dearest friend and accompanist, Tony Mortimer earlier in the summer. Our condolences to Tony’s family. He is greatly missed.

Patrick made an unexpected announcement earlier in the summer He told the committee and then the choir to tell us that this will be his final year with us as our wonderful conductor. Patrick and the choir have been ably supported as always by our dear friend Mary McCarthy, who has kept the choir and committee going in so very many ways. Sadly we must begin to turn our minds to what happens next to find our way forward next year following Patrick and Mary’s retirement. They will always be our much loved friends.

But …. until then We have plenty more music making to enjoy with Patrick before then, beginning with our concert at Christmas, which he is loving at the moment, and leading up to Easter – so watch this space for more news soon!

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We rehearse on Tuesday evenings in term time at Witham United Reformed Church in Newland Street, 7.45 to 9.45 pm

“This is a friendly, non-auditioned choir,” conductor Patrick McCarthy told us, “but some knowledge of music would be helpful.” To find directions to the church where we rehearse click here

SEE OUR 60TH ANNIVERSARY LEAFLET: click on the link here: /perch/resources/1957-2017-leaflet.pdf

For 60 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.

You can read about how Patrick stepped up to save the Prom at the Royal Albert Hall go to our Personnel Page(bottom right article) follow the link here to the page.


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. See a photo of the choir singing at the Public Hall in December 1974 by CLICKING HERE


have included 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.
Other works performed include Handel’s Solomon and Israel in Egypt singing with the Ipswich Bach Choir & Dovercourt Choral Society, bringing together some 170 singers. As well as singing at Snape Maltings, we have appeared several times at the Harwich Festival, in G&S HMS Pinafore, Faure Requiem, Haydn Creation, Orf Carmina Burana and most recently performed in a Last Night of the Proms.

Witham Choral Society is a registered charity No. 261704

In rehearsal

Next Concert

Saturday 11th December 2021
Witham United Reformed Church
7.30 pm

December 2021 Christmas Celebration Concert at Witham United Reformed Church

Programme: Excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, featuring Colchester Bach Ensemble and soloists: Gill Wilson (Soprano) Catherine Wood (Alto) and Conductor: Patrick McCarthy

Tickets: £10 or £5 full-time education from 01245 380958 or Witham Tourist Info in the Town Hall.

Accompanist needed!


Saturday April 2022, at Witham Public Hall

Programme: Haydn – The Creation

Summer 2022 – Come and Sing event, details to be finalised.

PICTURE BELOW: Witham Choral in rehearsal at Witham URC

Singing at Witham URC


Find more news about the choir on our Facebook page plus other items of interest in the world of making music. ‘Like’ us on Facebook or go to our facebook page by clicking here

Keeping up to date for choir members:

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.

If you would like to keep practising take a look at the rehearsal aids available in the members area of the website.

For access information please see your voice rep or Christine Hall in the Altos.


BRING & BUY STALL every third Tuesday of the month, very popular with our members, and if you are lucky there will be some home-made goodies. Our last one raised £50 towards concert expenses: thank you everyone!

COFFEE BAR we have just re-opened our coffee bar at half time during rehearsal, a chance to catch up with friends and have a chat before getting back to rehearsals. Make sure you sign up to help and help raise much-needed funds for the choir. Last week we were delighted to be served by two of our gentlemen.

PENNIES FOR WITHAM CHORAL save any spare pennies and put them in the pot at rehearsal.

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