15 October, 2016 – Well, there is no doubt that Handel’s Messiah is very much loved by choral singers. We remembered just how much when many new singers joined us for this one-off term of Messiah rehearsing plus performance!
We are very excited to welcome all the new singers and hope you have as much fun with this as the rest of the choir does. I don’t think we’d be tooting our own horn too much by saying that everything’s already sounding very good – now with Ben’s help we shall polish it to perfection in time for our concert on December 10th!
Speaking of which – please find the new concert poster below. Download it, share it with friends, neighbours, co-workers, family… and make sure you come to listen to this majestic piece! (Tickets can be purchased here)
31 August 2016 – Welcome back from summer break, everyone!
We are raring to go and are looking forward to starting rehearsals on Monday! This term we are singing the beautiful Messiah by Handel and we have a very special opportunity for all of you who love singing it!
Please check out the poster below and join us if you think you’d enjoy rehearsing and then performing Messiah with us in December. It promises to be a wonderful concert!
26 May 2016 … or so we hope!
Rehearsals are going well for our summer concert – it is such varied music and we are now working on getting the rhythms right!
If you haven’t yet purchased any tickets, please do so now, you will really enjoy this refreshing programme!
You can buy tickets online here or from members of the choir, at Brittens in Byfleet, The Lightbox in Woking or Christ Church in Woking.
20 March 2016 – Another concert has come and gone and we are so grateful to everyone that came to Cadogan Hall yesterday to watch us perform Michael Tippett’s ‘A Child of Our Time’ as well as our very own MD, Ben Palmer‘s world premiere of ‘Flying in the Fire’!
In the beautiful setting of the Cadogan Hall, these stirring and emotional pieces were only enhanced by the magnificent Orchestra of St Paul’s playing of excerpts from John Williams’ ‘Schindler’s List’ score.
We worked very hard on the Tippett, in particular, and were proud to have brought it to London audiences but we were most excited to finally hear ‘Flying in the Fire’ with a full orchestra – and it did not disappoint!
We are now moving on to a rather more lighthearted programme of Copland, Lauridsen, Whitacre, Barber and Bernstein for our summer concert and hope to welcome you back in June!
9 February 2016 – Not much time left until our first concert for 2016. Michael Tippett is turning out to be a challenge but we are welcoming it with open arms and rehearsals are going well! We are focusing on A Child of Our Time for now but can’t wait to start working on our own MD Ben Palmer‘s commissioned work, Flying in the Fire!
This will be a magnificent concert and we are very excited to perform at Cadogan Hall in London! To celebrate, here is the poster for the concert, including all the information needed to book tickets!
15 December 2015 – If you spend any time outside at the moment, it may well feel like this post is rather premature – with this mild weather it can’t be December, can it?
Alas, the days move on (regardless of weather!) and we find ourselves at the end of another very successful year of choral singing.
Our Christmas Oratorio went down a treat earlier this month and we enjoyed the magnificent brass section of the Orchestra of St Paul’s – it put us in the right mood for Christmas!
We are now looking forward to 2016, which will see us perform at Cadogan Hall in March (get your tickets here), Lauridsen and Copland in the summer, and Messiah next winter. To say we are excited is an understatement!
As the year slowly winds down, we want to extend our thanks in particular to our always enthusiastic and passionate conductor, Ben Palmer – we are very much looking forward to performing his composition ‘Flying in the Fire’ in March and hope to make him proud! Also huge thanks to our unflappable accompanist, Penny Davis – she braved the speed of our Christmas Oratorio with her usual professionalism!
And a huge thank you to YOU, our audience – we appreciate your constant support and couldn’t do what we do without you. We look forward to seeing you at many more concerts.
We hope you have a blessed holiday season and may 2016 bring you health, peace and beautiful music.
8 October 2015 – Hurrah, our new concert posters have arrived!
Rehearsals are going great and we are working very hard on making sure our German pronunciation is up to par for the upcoming concert.
You can buy tickets here and we are looking forward to seeing you there!
24 August 2015 – There are not many who would look forward to summer being over – choir singers know better though! Whilst we will miss the sunshine and the sudden freedom of no plans for Monday nights, we are excited to get back to note bashing, vocal exercises and singing beautiful arrangements with our friends.
Our summer concert came and went, with a fantastically successful performance of Ben Palmer’s world premiere of ‘To the Greenwood Gone’.
We had good weather and a fab time at our summer picnic, too – unfortunately we had so much fun, we simply didn’t have time to take pictures to share with you. Just trust us when we say the choir knows how to have fun outside of rehearsals as well!
So now there are two more weeks until the new season starts and we are preparing for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, which is much loved by everyone. Next year will include another Ben Palmer world premiere along with Tippett’s ‘A Child of our Time’ at Cadogan Hall in London, plus Lauridsen, Copland and Handel later in 2016.
As always, we love welcoming new member so if you think you would enjoy being part of a friendly, ambitious and fun-loving choir, why not join us? We are having an Open Rehearsal October 5th, especially for those who want to come and check us out – see the details on our new flyer below
Enjoy the last rays of sun and see you at rehearsals (or at concerts)!
28 May 2015 – For the past few weeks we’ve been very excited to rehearse a lovely new piece composed by our very own MD, Ben Palmer! Without giving too much away (since you’ll want to hear it all yourself on 27 June), ‘a-hunting we will go’ plus you will encounter some beautiful harmonies (and we aim to do them justice!)
Below is our poster with all the details – we really hope you will come! It promises to be a light and enjoyable programme.
6 April 2015 – Well… a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came to our ‘double requiem’ concert last week! Lovely to see so many of you enjoying what we’d worked so hard to achieve. Both the Haydn and the Mozart Requiems were simply beautiful in their own right and we have had many compliments from the audience after the concert. Needless to say, we have enjoyed singing these pieces as much as you’ve enjoyed listening to them!
So, what is next, you’ll ask? We are moving to a slightly lighter programme for the summer and have started rehearsals on Cecilia McDowall’s ‘Fancy of folksongs’ and John Rutter’s ‘The sprig of thyme’. This promises to be a fun concert which also includes Ravel and a WCS commission written by our very own MD, Ben Palmer! Grab tickets here for June 27th!
In other news – our 120th anniversary season is fast approaching and we have selected some sublime pieces to perform – you will find Haydn, Handel, Mendelssohn, Gounod and Poulenc all putting in an appearance in 2016/2017. Head over to our Concerts page to get details and put the dates in your calendar!