About Us

The Somerset Singers is a choir of around 70 voices. We rehearse weekly from September to May in the Concert Hall of Sidcot School in Oakridge Lane, Winscombe, North Somerset, see map).

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We have two major performances each year, either at St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells, or St Mary’s Church, Wedmore, with concerts at Wells Cathedral every two or three years.St Cuthbert's Church Wells, Dec 2014

We are always pleased to welcome new members (there are no auditions) – see Contact/Rehearsals for details, or just email info@somersetsingers.co.uk.

The choir evolved from evening classes at the Kings of Wessex School in Cheddar, and gave its first performance under the direction of Peter Scott-Winfield in 1987. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, singing a wide repertoire of pieces and consistently attracting large audiences.

Our recent performances include Ralph Vaughn-Williams Sea Symphony in Wells Cathedral in May 2016, Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Paukenmesse in St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells in December 2016 and Rutter’s Magnificat & The Sprig of Thyme in St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells in May 2017. You will find full details of our past performances and current programme elsewhere on this site. Important dates are also included in the Dates page. We look forward to seeing you, either to sing with us or in the audience!



Rehearsals for our next production which will be Rossini’s “Petite Messe Sollenelle” will commence at 7:30pm on Wednesday 17th January 2018 at our usual rehearsal venue in the Concert Hall at Sidcot School outside Winscombe. Please arrive early in order to collect and sign for your scores from our Music Secretary. All current and previous members of the choir will be most welcome as will new recruits or members from other Choral Societies. Please remember that subscriptions for the new term need to be paid by the third rehearsal of next term. The Society wishes you all a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!


Our Post-Elijah Concert Christmas Social Party will be held at 7:30pm in Shipham Village Hall on Wednesday 13th December. This will be a “Bring & Share” Party or “Jacob’s Join” as they say in Lancashire, so please bring food (Finger food preferred) and drinks (alcoholic or soft) to share among us all. All glasses, plates, cutlery etc are provided in the Hall. There is usually a raffle with good pre-Christmas prizes.

This is a great opportunity to let our hair down after the concert and to get to know each other better. In addition, there will be some feedback from our conductor and chairman about the Elijah performance.

Jill Lewis will be present to accept your returned hired scores, so please ensure that you have rubbed out all your markings before handing them back. The Committee look forward to greeting you all and to wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Our new term started on Wednesday 6th September – whether you are a new or returning member, you are very welcome to join us in the Concert Hall Sidcot School  as we prepare for our next concert in St Mary’s Church, Wedmore on Saturday 9th December – see here for details. As ever, you can come along for a few sessions before you commit to joining us – no need to let us know in advance, but we need subscriptions for the term to be paid by the end of October at the latest. So join us for some choral fun, and happy singing in 2017/2018!


Ed Goater picThe Somerset Singers welcomed Edward Goater as our new Musical Director in January 2017,  and he trained us and then conducted his first concert with us and the Lochrian Ensemble in Rutter’s “Magnificat” and “The Sprig of Thyme” at St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells at 7:30pm on Saturday 13th May 2017.
Edward is now preparing the choir for our Autumn Concert which will be Mendelsohn’s “Elijah” at St Mary’s Church, Wedmore at 7:30pm on Saturday 9th December 2017. Once again we will be singing with the Lochrian Ensemble together with soloists: Emma Brain-Gabbot (Soprano); TBA (Soprano); Louise Mott (Contralto); Edward Grint (Bass); and Richard Rowntree (Tenor).

Edward obtained a degree in Environmental Science and Agricultural Ecology at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne,  but has studied and performed continuously as a musician since 1998. He is a conductor, tenor and teacher living in Wells, Somerset where he is a Vicar Choral at Wells Cathedral. He studied conducting with Norman Barns MBE and for many years he was a member of the BBC Singers.
As a professional musician, Edward has worked with some of the very best musicians in the world including Pierre Boulez, Bryn Terfel, Judith Weir, Sir Simon Rattle, Bob Chilcott and many more. His expertise in vocal and choral training has seen him conduct many groups including The Harmonium Singers; The Chelsea Consort; The Wesley Singers; many Military Wives Choirs; Wells Cathedral Choir and BBC Singers members. As Chorus Master he has worked with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Edward is currently the Musical Director of the Taunton Military Wives Choir and Taunton Choral Society; he is also Associate Conductor of Berkshire Youth Choir. Edward’s educational work takes him all over the world. He teaches academic music, and has given workshops in singing and conducting at many events – highlights include the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Marlborough College, Malaysia, and the BBC Ten Pieces Project. Edward’s experience as a performer and conductor make him a valued adjudicator in competitions and Guest Speaker for many institutions.

Lochrian Ensemble May 2017 One - Copy

Ed Goater conducting The Lochrian Ensemble

Cheryl Rosevear

Cheryl Rosevear – Soprano

Sprig of Thyme Poster