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Witham Choral Society

Witham Choral Society at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall

We already well into September and very pleased to be able to say welcome to several new faces this term!

New Singers Welcome …

“Witham Choral rehearses on Tuesday evenings in term time at Witham United Reformed Church in Newland Street, 7.45 to 9.45 p.m. We are preparing for our next concert and new singers are still most welcome.”

“It is a friendly, non-auditioned choir,” conductor Patrick McCarthy told us, “but some knowledge of music would be helpful.”

*To find directions to the church where we rehearse click here*

*More details about joining the choir or becoming a Friend here*

Our summer trip to visit Rainbow Rural was very enjoyable on Saturday 13th July, There is a short film of the day on our Facebook page to see more https://www.facebook.com/WithamCS/.

See what goes on at our chosen charity, who we supported at last years’ Christmas Open Rehearsal. If you would like to find out what is going on at Rainbow Rural you can find their website by clicking on their logo or you can search for their web address in your browser: https://www.rainbowrural.co.uk/

SEE OUR 60TH ANNIVERSARY LEAFLET: click on the link here: /perch/resources/1957-2017-leaflet.pdf

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.

You can read about how Patrick stepped up to save the Prom at the Royal Albert Hall go to our Personnel Page(bottom right article) follow the link here to the page.


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. See a photo of the choir singing at the Public Hall in December 1974 by CLICKING HERE


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

In rehearsal

Next Concert

Saturday 30th November 2019
Witham United Reformed Church
7.30 pm

Music to include Part 1 of Handel’s wonderful piece, Messiah and Bach’s Cantata No. 61

Read our press release which begins: *The next performance, on Saturday 30 November at Witham URC, will have an advent theme by clicking here *


AGM Tuesday 24th September, 7.45pm The AGM will be short and sweet so that we can get on with the music! Join us and find out how we can all work together to help ensure that our choir keeps flourishing.

Autumn term 2019, begins Tuesday 10th September

Next bring and buy: 3rd Tuesday of September, 17th, 7.45pm. Usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Last time we raised a fantastic £50 towards our concert costs.

Saturday 30th November, Concert at Witham URC Messiah Act 1 and Bach’s Cantata 61 “Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland” Rehearsal aids are available in the members area of the website. For access information please see your voice rep or Christine Hall in the Altos.

Tuesday 10th December, Christmas Open Carol Evening, with Charity Collection. Last rehearsal of the term.

Saturday 4th April, 2020, Spring Concert: Haydn’s Creation at Witham Public Hall

PICTURE BELOW: in rehearsal at Witham URC

Singing at Witham URC


Find more news about the choir on our Facebook page plus other items of interest in the world of making music. ‘Like’ us on Facebook or go to our facebook page by clicking here

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.


BRING & BUY STALL every third Tuesday of the month, very popular with our members, and if you are lucky there will be the famous flapjack available and other home-made goodies. Our last one raised £50 towards concert expenses: thank you everyone!

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 pot 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.

Book your places as soon as you can!

See the new list with the other dates for the 2019/20 season click here

The first concert of the new season is: ******SUNDAY OCTOBER 13th, RFHPHILHARMONIA MATINEE*******
Conductor: Clemens Schuldt, SCHUMANN
Overture Manfred – Violin Augustin Hadelich MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 7

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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