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Witham Choral Society

Witham Choral Society at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall


Thank you to everyone who supported our carol evening in December. We had an inspiring talk from Carol from Rainbow Rural about the children and families they help and how being outside in the fresh air and working with the animals helps them all. We raised a wonderful £320 – thank you all!

click on the logo for their website and more details or search for the web address: https://www.rainbowrural.co.uk/ You can join them for a mince pie walk on 30th December. Find them using the postcode CM6 1ND. We shall all need some excercise by then!!

The 2019 term recommences on Tuesday, 8th January. We hope to see you there

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

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 aphoto 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 6th April 2019
Witham Public Hall
7.30 pm

Concert of Opera favourites


Spring term 2019, 8th January to 9th April

Next bring and buy: Usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 15th January

Saturday 6th April, A Night at the Opera, at Witham Public Hall

Saturday 15th June, concert at Witham URC

PICTURE BELOW: 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.


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!

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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