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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.


Press Release: Last performance, June 2018

Singers invited to sing Vivaldi’s Gloria

Witham Choral will be presenting a concert on 9 June 2018 at Witham United Reformed Church at 7.30 p.m. singers are invited to join the choir to sing a well-known favourite choral work: Vivaldi’s Gloria. Visiting singers can either attend the weekly rehearsals or the afternoon rehearsal on the day – or both!

“Also on the programme will be Handel’s wonderful Coronation Anthems: everyone knows Zadok the Priest but the others are splendid too.” Musical Director Patrick McCarthy told us, and added “it will be an uplifting and joyful performance.”

Accompanying the choir will be members of the Colchester Bach Orchestra who will also provide instrumental pieces from the 18th century.

Witham Choral rehearsals are from 7.45 to 9.45 p.m. at Witham United Reformed Church on Tuesdays from 17 April.

Tickets for the audience will be £10 (£5 for those in full-time education) and for singers £5. They are available from choir members, from 01245 380958 and also from Witham Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall on 01376 520627.


Patrick rehearsing the choir & orchestra in preparation for Elijah, May 2013

In preparation for the next concert

Patrick has been a notable figure on the local area musical scene for over twenty years.

He was trained as a singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London Opera Centre. His operatic and singing career has taken him all over the British Isles and Europe. Music lovers may remember his dramatic rescue of a Prom performance of Carmina Burana back in 1974. Read more here


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