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.
The AGM of the Society took place at 7:30pm in the Concert Hall, Sidcot School on Wednesday 11th October. As a result of the meeting the key Committee positions for this season 2017/2018 are:
Musical Director – Ed Goater
Chairman – Jane Chubb
Vice Chairman – Maurice Jackson
Secretary – Ginny Waters
Treasurer – Sue Kastner
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!
The 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.
Ed Goater conducting The Lochrian Ensemble
Cheryl Rosevear – Soprano
Left Photo – Richard Rowntree, Mary Walker, Daniel Brown, Craig Bissex & Jonathan Vaughn
Upper Right – The Ensemble Lower Right – Choir, Orchestra & Audience