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Witham Choral Society

Witham Choral Society at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall

This term we are rehearsing Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Trial By Jury’ and ‘HMS Pinafore’ on Tuesday evenings 7.45pm – 9.45pm at Witham United Reformed Church in Newland Street, Witham, CM8 1AH The church is just beside Holts the Butchers in the main high street. Everyone is welcome to come along for a visit, come and give us a try!

If you would like more details, get in touch with our Conductor Ashley Thompson by Email: dajthompson@hotmail.co.uk or phone our Chair, Rev Stephen Northfield on 01245 380958.

More details about joining the choir or becoming a Friend are on our website, follow the link here

This term our new Director of Music Ashley Thompson has taken up the baton, and we are also delighted to welcome our new accompanist Emma Nash. Ashley is working hard with the choir, and encouraging everyone to watch! We enjoyed working with Ashley last term while he was accompanying us on the piano alongside Patrick. We saw him combine musicianship and kindness during their time together.

Covid 19:

Now that things are more relaxed, we remind everyone attending rehearsals to take care of each other, and not to come to choir if they feel unwell or have any of the updated list of symptoms of Covid. We want to keep each other safe, especially our more vulnerable members.

To keep informed with our news – don’t forget to head over to our Facebook page here

PATRICK’S FAREWELL CONCERT: Read all about the concert in our News section – click here. Witham Choral Society is a registered charity No. 261704

Some of our most notable performances

These 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 a Last Night of the Proms.

In rehearsal

Next Concert

Saturday 18th June 2022
Witham United Reformed Church
7.30 pm

Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial by Jury & HMS Pinafore


Christmas Concert, Saturday 3rd December at St Andrew’s Church, Hatfield Peverel, performing The Christmas Oratorio by Bob Chilcott plus carols for audience, accompanied by a small orchestra. Time: tba

PICTURE BELOW: Witham Choral 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.

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 £35 towards concert expenses: thank you everyone!

COFFEE BAR we have 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 take your turn at serving, 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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