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Witham Choral Society

Witham Choral Society at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall

Exciting news soon about our summer Come and Sing rehearsals and concert, with music by Gilbert & Sullivan: Music from Pirates of Penzance and Iolanthe. The concert is on June the 13th at Witham United Reformed Church. Join us for our weekly rehearsals and the concert itself for only a small fee. More details soon …

February is here and we are getting well into our rehearsals of The Creation. New Singers always welcome … and if you are a tenor and free on a Tuesday evening, we would love to see you! This term we are learning the Creation by Haydn. If you already know and love it, we’d love to see you. If you are new, then come and join in and sing this lovely piece.

Witham Choral rehearse on Tuesday evenings in term time at Witham United Reformed Church in Newland Street, 7.45 to 9.45 p.m. If you have an Old Novello Score at home, then bring it along with you!

“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 peformed in a Last Night of the Proms.

Witham Choral Society is a registered charity No. 261704

In rehearsal

Next Concert

Saturday 4th April 2020
Witham United Reformed Church

The Creation – Joseph Haydn

to be performed at Witham Public Hall

Saturday 4th April, 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm

Read our press release about the concert soon by clicking here *


Next bring and buy: Tuesday 17th of March, 7.45pm. Usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Last time we raised a fantastic £85.05 and this plus £24.23 from the small change box should pay for one of our excellent instrumentalists for our concert.

Saturday 4th April, 2020, Spring Concert: Haydn’s Creation at Witham Public Hall Rehearsal aids will be available in the members area of the website.

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

More details about joining the choir or becoming a Friend here PICTURE BELOW: in rehearsal at Witham URC

Singing at Witham URC


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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.


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

COFFEE BAR every week 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 and help raise much-needed funds for the choir.

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

Luxury Coach Trips to the Royal Festival Hall & Barbican

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

Book your places as soon as you can!

See the new list with the other dates for the 2019/20 season click here

The next concert of this season is: ******SUNDAY February 9th, RFHPHILHARMONIA MATINEE*******
BORODIN Overture, Prince Igor
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No 2
PROKOFIEV Symphony No 5

You will be very welcome to join us no 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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