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!
21 February 2015 – Oh my, what a stunning programme we are currently working on! Not one, but TWO Requiems and aren’t they just stunning!
Most will know the Mozart Requiem very well but once you listen to the Haydn Requiem you will have a sense of deja-vu!
We are giving our best in rehearsals to get the German pronounciation just right in time for the concert on March 28th. Please, if you haven’t bought tickets yet, do so here – you won’t want to miss this concert!
See you there!
14 January 2015 – We’ve happily been back at rehearsals for the past two weeks and isn’t it great to give your voice a fabulous workout again – we’ve missed singing over the holiday season!
So maybe instead of making New Year’s resolutions to work out at the gym, why not join us to sing the lovely Mozart and M. Haydn Requiems? You better believe you’ll be getting a workout from all that diaphragm breathing
We have an Open Rehearsal coming up on Monday and would love to see you there, get to know you a little and sing the Mozart together for a couple of hours. If you’re interested, please see the image below, it will provide all you need to know.
Hope to see you there!
16 December, 2014 – ‘Tis that time of the year again – just a few more sleeps until Christmas! We have performed the wonderful Beethoven and Brahms to a very appreciative audience on the 6th of December – thanks to everyone who came! We had a blast singing those beautiful pieces. And let’s not forget the magnificent performance of Beethoven’s 5th symphony by the Orchestra of St Paul’s!
We are now winding down and are looking forward to some fabulous music in 2015. Our spring concert will be Mozart’s Requiem and Michael Haydn’s Requiem. It’s never too early to get tickets for such stunning music and you can do so here! We have a special price for students and want to encourage you to bring youngsters to hear this very moving music.
Equally, if you are a singer and are considering joining a choir, why not drop by our Open Rehearsal on January 19th (more info below). We would love to have you and are looking forward to rehearsing Mozart’s Requiem with you!
In closing, thank you to everyone who has supported us this year and we are looking forward to bringing more delicious choral music to you in 2015.
Happy Holidays and see you next year!
20 October, 2014 – Time flies when you’re having fun rehearsals, doesn’t it? We are currently taking weekly dives into the German required for both Brahms and Beethoven – not easy and quite challenging, but oh so beautiful!
A different kind of beautiful can be seen on our new posters for the concert – ‘Tiefe Stille herrscht im Wasser/ Deep stillness reigns in the water’ indeed!
Please feel free to save the image and forward this to everyone who might be interested. It promises to be a lovely concert in December and we hope you have purchased your tickets and will be joining us!
28 September, 2014 – Another summer’s come and gone and quite frankly, we’re rather glad! Much as summer and sunshine and long evenings are enjoyable, it’s just not the same without our Monday night rehearsals and making beautiful music together!
Our singers have had a busy summer, having performed at the WW1 service at Christ Church in Woking on 4 August, 2014. It was a beautiful, moving service in a packed to the rafters Christ Church. We are very proud to have been part of such an important event in the community.
Earlier in July some of us met up for our Garden Party, which was great fun!
Great food, great conversation…. even some garden games! What more could we possibly want?
We have now started rehearsals on the lovely Brahms and the magnificent Beethoven – both sung in German, which is equally fabulous and terrifying! Going by the specific rehearsals we’ve had so far, we can promise our pronounciation will be top notch!
If you are looking for a choir to join, we’d love to see you at St. Andrews Church in Goldsworth Park on Monday nights at 19:30 – we are always happy to welcome new members and we now have shiny new name badges so you will always know who you are talking to! To find out more, check out this link.
If you don’t yet have any plans for the 6th of December, do come and see us perform these stunning pieces at the HG Wells in Woking. You can buy tickets online here (and check out our future concerts as well!)