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Witham Choral Society at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall

OUR CONCERT on 11th March at the Public Hall – A ‘LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS’, was very well received, and we are looking forward to the next concert – a ‘Come and Sing’ Rutter Requiem on 10th June.

An enthusiastic concert-goer sent in a lovely write up…

*‘Wow! What a great Last Night of the Proms concert on 11 March at Witham Public Hall. A near capacity audience who started the cheering after the first item – Zadok … read more here
Read about how Patrick stepped up to save the Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on our Personnel Page (bottom right article) follow the link here to the page. The clip was featured last year on both ‘The One Show’ on BBC1 and a documentary on BBC4.

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 come and sing with us do come along to any rehearsal, you will be made very welcome. Or you can ring 01376 513713 to speak to our Chairman and find out more. To find directions click here

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.

For over 50 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.

THIS YEAR, 2017, WE ARE CELEBRATING THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHOIR!

One of our notable choral events was 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.

We again visited Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 2008 and 2010 to perform Handel’s Solomon and Israel in Egypt respectively, combining with the Ipswich Bach Choir and Dovercourt Choral Society, bringing together some 170 singers to perform these two memorable works. Witham Choral has also appeared several times at the Harwich Festival, in Haydn’s Creation in 2013, Carmina Burana in 2014, HMS Pinafore in 2015 & Faure Requiem in 2016. We joined them again this year for a Last Night of the Proms – more details about this concert on the news page of this website.

Witham Choral Society is a registered charity No. 261704

In 2015 we celebrated 20 years with Patrick at the helm

Photographs (below) taken at Witham Public Hall as Patrick celebrated 20 years of conducting the choir, including this lovely cake.

20th Anniversary, Patrick as Conductor

Next Concert

Saturday 10th June 2017
Witham United Reformed Church
7.00pm

You are invited to join us as we rehearse for a performance of:

John Rutter’s Requiem, on Saturday 10th June, at Witham United Reformed Church

There will be a rehearsal in the afternoon at 3pm for everyone to get together, and do come along any Tuesday evening at 7.45pm at the Church to prepare in advance.

Strawberry tea and hot drinks provided on the day. Singers £10 and audience £5. Ring 01376 513713 to book your place or buy a ticket.

See more details in our press-release here:

Important Diary Dates:

We have a Monthly BRING AND BUY at coffee time on the third Tuesday of the month which is great fun – lots of seasonal produce and gifts plus homemade preserves and flapjack (usually!) NEXT ONE: 18th April

CHOIR QUIZ NIGHT WITH FISH & CHIP SUPPER, Friday 24th MARCH at St Nicolas Church Hall, Witham. Tickets available from choir members. ORDERS IN THIS WEEK PLEASE!

Our weekly COFFEE BAR organised by Mary is a regular fund-raiser for the choir that we can all support by having refreshments and by taking turns at serving them.

Save your pennies for Witham Choral and drop them in the collecting jar on the information table at choir

These all help to bring in funds to put on our concerts for all to enjoy, singers, audience and orchestra.

PICTURE BELOW: Singing at Witham URC, Remembrance, 2016

Singing at Witham URC

FIND OUT MORE: 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

Find out what our friends are saying about us on Twitter by clicking here

FUNDRAISING THIS TERM:

Luxury Coach Trips to the Royal Festival Hall & Barbican

We have a new list of concert trips for the new season!

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

We have places on the following trips, so book soon if you can:
Royal Festival Hall

NEXT CONCERTS:

SATURDAY APRIL 8th

ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL -LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA & CHOIR
TICKET WITH COACH £27
Conductor Vladimir Jurowski
TALLIS Spem in Alium
Many well known soloists & Tiffin Boys’ Choir
MAHLER Symphony of a Thousand (No. 8)

See the complete list for 2016/17 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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