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Mozart Requiem, 10th December in Wells

 

Somerset Singers will be performing their next concert on 1oth December at 7.30 pm in St Cuthberts Church, Wells. It promises to be a superb evening, with a programme of Mozart’s Requiem, and Haydn’s Paukenmesse (Mass in Time of War). Soloists include Mary Walker, Daniel Brown, Richard Rowntree and Craig Bissex, with the Lochrian Ensemble led by Catherine Black.

The concert will also be the last under the direction of Jonathan Vaughn, who is leaving Somerset Singers after seven fantastic years, so this will be a chance to give him an appropriate send-off! Tickets are available for £12 from choir members, Wells Tourist Information office and by calling 01934 843727, or for £14 on the door.

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Richard Rowntree

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Mary Walker

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Craig Bissex

About Us

The Somerset Singers is a choir of around 80 voices. We rehearse weekly from September to May in the Friends Meeting House in Oakridge Lane, Winscombe, North Somerset, (next to Sidcot School, see map), and have two major performances each year, usually at St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells, 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 the Verdi Requiem in Wells Cathedral in May 2014, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells in December 2014.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!

New Terms Starts Wed 5th Jan

Our new terms starts on Wednesday 5th January – whether you are a new or returning member, you are very welcome to join us in the Sidcot Meeting House as we start preparations for our concert in Wells Cathedral in May – 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 January at the latest. So Happy New Year, and happy singing in 2016!

Want to sing? The new term starts soon!

The Somerset Singers new term starts on Wednesday 2nd September at Sidcot School, and as ever we welcome new singers – there are no auditions, just come along and give us a try. There’s a fantastic programme, culminating in a concert at Wells Cathedral in May next year – always a memorable occasion. Have a look at our site for details, or email us at info@somersetsingers.co.uk if you’ve got a question which isn’t covered. Whether you’re sung with us before or not, we look forward to seeing you in September!

Choral Music To Lead You Into Paradise

Can there be anything more assured of enveloping one’s whole being with a sense of peace and contentment than spending an evening listening to three glorious pieces of choral music?

On Saturday 9th May at St Cuthbert’s Church Wells, Somerset Singers, together with soloists Mary Walker (soprano), Jack Wilde (tenor) and Robert Clark (bass baritone) accompanied by the Lochrian Ensemble gave another of their outstanding performances.

The first work, Schubert’s Mass in G, set the standard for the evening with a Kyrie of superb, lyrical harmony with orchestra and choir in perfect balance. Parts of the Credo were movingly dramatic whereas the Sanctus gave us a believable choir of angels and in the Benedictus the soloists and choir sweetly complemented each other.

The second choral work was Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, a familiar piece one suspects to most of the audience and sung with superb dynamics and dramatic assurance.

Following the interval, organist Kris Thomsett played a work by Rheinberger, Tempo Moderato which rang out in St Cuthbert’s Church with its beautifully decorated high ceiling.

The last work in this concert of sublime pieces was Fauré’s Requiem. At times the music seemed to bubble over with love as heart-felt prayers and sincere simplicity contrasted with the quite terrifying brass in the Libera Me. But all was resolved with the last movement In Paradisum, ‘May angels lead you into paradise’ and with this beautifully controlled finale Somerset Singers assured us this would be so.