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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 Christmas Concert at Witham Public Hall on 9th December. We began on Tuesday 19th September – and it was 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 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

We were very sad to hear of the death of Mr David Henfry our Patron. He was a remarkable man and will be a great loss to the choir. His cheerfulness and enjoyment of our music was such an encouragement when we returned to sing at Witham Public Hall, and it was then that he became our Patron. He found the hall much more easily accessible and it is good to know that our music gave him such joy.

OUR CONCERT on 11th March at the Public Hall – A ‘LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS’, was very well received, and we all enjoyed the ‘Come and Sing’ Rutter Requiem on the 10th June. 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
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.

AGM – Tuesday, 31st October during rehearsal. Do come and help shape our choir for the future.

BACKGROUND:

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.

THIS YEAR, WE ARE CELEBRATING 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.

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 9th December 2017
Witham Public Hall
7.30 pm

You are invited to our Christmas performance Sing Christmas! a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the choir

The concert will be in Witham Public Hall and we shall be performing with Colchester Philharmonic Orchestra with Patrick McCarthy, Conductor, and Alastair Merry, Baritone.

See more details in our press-release here:

If you would like to sing with us we rehearse at Witham United Reformed Church every Tuesday evening from 7.45pm.

Programme:

Excerts from Handel’s Messiah
Charpentier Midnight Mass
Carols with audience
Vaughan Williams – Christmas Fantasia
John Rutter – What Sweeter Music
Audience & Choir carols

Look out for details of special guests – to be confirmed

Tickets are £12, £5 for full-time education

Tickets available from:
Witham Public Hall: 0345 017 8717
Witham Tourist Office 01376 502674
Choir members or 01376 513713

Important Diary Dates:

We have our Monthly BRING AND BUY at coffee time on the third Tuesday of the month – NEXT ONE: OCTOBER 17TH which is great fun – lots of seasonal produce and gifts plus homemade preserves and flapjack (usually!).

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.

SOCIAL EVENTS 2017/18:

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

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 shall have a new list of concert trips here soon 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 CONCERTSOLD OUT!

Sunday 3rd December MATINEEPHILHARMONIA MATINEE
Conductor Krzysztof Urbanski TCHAIKOVSKY Overture Romeo and Juliet
Piano Simon Trpceski TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No1
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet (

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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