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Witham Choral Society


Witham Choral Society at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall

WELCOME TO A NEW TERM!

This term we are rehearsing for our next Concert at Witham United Reformed Church in November. We begin on Tuesday 11th September – and it would be lovely to see some new faces – if you are wondering whether to come, why not give it a try? Anyone who enjoyed singing with us last term for our come and sing will be more than welcome to return to us this term. READ OUR PRESS RELEASE HERE

Our term runs through until Christmas, finishing on December 11th with one of our now traditional Christmas ‘Open Rehearsals’when we raise funds for a local charity. The 2019 term recommences on Tuesday, 8th January.

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

If you would like to find out what our rehearsals are like you can come along without obligation to join and make yourself known to one of us as you arrive. Or, if you prefer that someone looks out for you, ring ahead and speak to our Chairman on 01245 380958, who will make sure that you are properly welcomed. To find directions to the church where we rehearse click here More details about joining the choir or becoming a Friend here

OTHER NEWS THIS TERM: From the AGM

on Tuesday October 2nd we voted in our new chairman: Stephen Northfield. Stephen has been doing such a good job in his role as acting chairman, which he began when Anne Priest left us. We thank him and the hardworking committee for guiding us through another year.

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 aphoto 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 peformed in a Last Night of the Proms.

Witham Choral Society is a registered charity No. 261704

In rehearsal

Next Concert

Saturday 24th November 2018
Witham United Reformed Church
7.30 pm

ROSSINI: PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE

New singers always welcome to join us at rehearsals for the Petite Messe Solennelle

Conductor: Patrick McCarthy

We have four soloists: Gill Wilson (Soprano), Elaine Henson (Alto), Paul Bloomfield (Tenor) and Alan Loader (Bass) and two accompanists for this concert.

Read more about them below in our press release:

Witham Choral prepares for splendid concert

Witham Choral is starting its new season with the splendid Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini and the first rehearsal will be on Tuesday 11 September at 7.45 p.m. This friendly choir meets at the Witham United Reformed Church in Newland Street, Witham, during term time and new singers are always welcome. There are no auditions but some knowledge of music is helpful.

Musical Director, Patrick McCarthy, told us: “The concert will be at the United Reformed Church on Saturday 24 November and we will be joined by Tony Mortimer, our regular talented accompanist, and the accomplished Stephen Evans on keyboards, plus a quartet of excellent soloists. In spite of its name it is neither solemn nor particularly short; it is actually a jolly, operatic piece and the choir members are looking forward very much to learning and performing this gem of the choral repertoire.”

If you are interested in singing with Witham Choral just go along to Witham URC on 11 September or telephone 01245 380958 for more details.

Ticket prices – £12 (£5 full-time education)

Tickets available from: Witham Tourist Office in the Town Hall 01376 502674, Choir members, at the door on the night or from 01245 380958

CHOIR DIARY 2018/19:

Autumn Term – time for membership renewal if you pay annually.

PICTURE BELOW: in rehearsal at Witham URC

Singing at Witham URC

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT US:

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.

‘Like’ us on Facebook To go to our facebook page click here

FUNDRAISING THIS TERM:

BRING & BUY STALL every third Tuesday of the month, very popular with our members, and if you are lucky there will be flapjack available and other home-made goodies

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 box 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!

NEXT CONCERT: Sunday 28th October, Royal Festival Hall Philharmonia MATINEE

Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No.1
Sibelius Symphony No.2

See the complete list with the other dates for THE 2018/19 season click here

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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