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Witham Choral Society


Witham Choral Society at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £1,500 from Braintree District Council, and our grateful thanks go to Angela Kilmartin (the new Major of Witham) for nominating us as one of her two charities while she was chairman.

We hope to arrange a committee meeting again during the summer. More details as they become available.

We remain in Lockdown as a choir right now, no news yet about our Tuesday evening practices or where they will be able to take place until the Government guidance is clearer about this. You can read more about this on our ‘News’ page by clicking here

We will keep you informed – don’t forget to watch for news on our Facebook page and here

We hope that you are managing to keep going as we move through the steps of the Government Roadmap. At present for choirs in Step 3 this limits us to singing in groups on 6, and so for a larger choir like ours we wait for more guidance and the move into Step 4 we hope.

In the meantime, take care of yourselves and if anyone needs a phone call from the choir, do let us know – either contact your voice rep or our Chairman, Stephen Northfield.

With our best wishes, Witham Choral Committee.

LAST UPDATED: Wednesday 2nd June, 2021

More details about joining the choir or becoming a Friend here

Usually we rehearse on Tuesday evenings in term time at Witham United Reformed Church in Newland Street, 7.45 to 9.45 p.m. We look forward to letting you know in due course when our rehearsals will resume. “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.

BACKGROUND OF WITHAM CHORAL:

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

SOME OF OUR MOST NOTABLE CHORAL CONTRIBUTIONS

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 Public Hall

2021 WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO ANNOUNCE MORE DETAILS IN DUE COURSE ABOUT OUR PERFORMANCE LATER IN THE YEAR.

HERE IS OUR PROPOSED CONCERT DIARYPLEASE NOTE, THIS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS IT IS UNLIKELY WE WILL HAVE ANY REHEARSALS UNTIL THE SUMMER AT EARLIEST.

December 2021 Christmas Concert Programme & venue to be confirmed.

2022

Provisional: Saturday April 2022, at Witham Public Hall Programme: Haydn – The Creation

Summer 2022 – to be confirmed

We look forward to the continued easing of the restrictions so that we can be together and sing again as a Choir.

MORE INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

PICTURE BELOW: Witham Choral in rehearsal at Witham URC

Singing at Witham URC

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT US:

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.

CHOIR DIARY 2020:

Concert Diary – see top of the page.

FUNDRAISING EACH TERM:

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.

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