We are now a Choral Society of around 50 voices and we will begin rehearsals for our spring programme at 7:30pm on Wednesday 9th January 2019 in the Concert Hall of Sidcot School in Oakridge Lane, Winscombe, North Somerset. Our next concert is part of the “2019 Wedmore Arts Festival” and will be on Saturday 11th May at 7:30pm in St Mary’s Church, Wedmore. The programme will include music by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Johannes Brahms and Gabriel Faure including a performance of “The Lark Ascending” featuring the young violinist Poppy McGhee and the Lochrian Ensemble. We are always recruiting new members of any voice (SATB) and we will welcome all new recruits at this first or subsequent rehearsals (there are no auditions). We rehearse each Wednesday evening except during Sidcot School Half Terms and holidays.
On Saturday 24th November, Somerset Choral Society performed a programme of Advent and Christmas music and readings to an appreciative audience of 150 people in St Mary’s Church, Wedmore that was lit entirely by candles; it proved to be a wonderfully atmospheric celebration of Advent. The choir performed Bob Chilcott’s “ On Christmas Night” plus seasonal favourites including Harold Darke’s arrangement of “In The Bleak Midwinter”, “Adam lay y’bounden” by Boris Ord, “The Three Kings” by Peter Cornelius, “Gabriel’s Message” by Edgar Pettman, “Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming” by Praetorius and concluded with a rousing arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by David Willcocks. As well as the music, there were a selection of seasonal readings. Virginia Waters read “Reading from Advent 1955” by John Betjeman, Edward Goater read from “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas and Adrian Shephard read “The Art of Sending Christmas Cards” by William Connor.The choir was conducted by its Musical Director Edward Goater and accompanied by Organist Matthew Redman. To complete the Advent atmosphere, the audience were able to sample mulled wine and mince pies before, during the interval and after the concert.