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Witham Choral Society


Witham Choral Society at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall

WELCOME TO OUR NEW TERM:

This term we are rehearsing for our next Concert at Witham United Reformed Church in March. We begin on Tuesday 9th January – and it would be lovely to see some new faces – if you are wondering whether to come, why not give it a try?

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 lovely Chairman on 01376 513713, who will make sure that you are properly welcomed. To find directions to the church where we rehearse click here

OUR CONCERT last March at the Public Hall -was a ‘LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS and was very well received. An enthusiastic concert-goer sent in a lovely write up about the Last Night of the Proms …

‘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
Also, of interest you can 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 HAVE JUST CELEBRATED OUR 60TH ANNIVERSARY

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.

Take a look at a photo of the choir singing at the Public Hall in December 1974 To see the picture go to our News section by CLICKING HERE

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.

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

20th Anniversary, Patrick as Conductor

Next Concert

Saturday 10th March 2018
Witham United Reformed Church
7.30 pm

Wondrous Cross by Alan Bullard

and the second part of Handel’s Messiah, to include the Hallelujah Chorus

Read our press release here

Ticket prices – to be advised

Tickets will be available from:
Witham Tourist Office 01376 502674
Choir members or 01376 513713

SOCIAL EVENTS DIARY 2017/18:

Spring Term – Quiz Night at St Nicolas Church Hall, Witham. More detals soon.
Summer Term – end of term Social

PICTURE BELOW: Singing at Witham URC, Remembrance, 2016

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.

We have spaces on some trips, so book soon if you can:

NEXT CONCERT: SUNDAY February 11th at the Barbican with the LSO. DVORAK Overture – Othello; BRUCH Violin Concerto No 1; ELGAR Symphony No 2

the complete list with the other dates for THE 2017/18 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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