Sing in 2015!

Rehearsals for our new season start on Wednesday, 14th January – why not join us for a fantastic programme which includes Fauré and Schubert, culminating with a concert in Wells in May? New members are always welcome, and there’s no need to audition – just come along to a rehearsal in January in Sidcot to see how you get on, and stay if you like it. Full details are on the site, or email info@somersetsingers.co.uk for more information.

Somerset Singers Bring a Gift of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Have you ever thought, whilst watching a superb performance of a Shakespeare play, how much the Bard would have enjoyed being in the audience? Or pondered how Beethoven might delight to hear a top modern orchestra playing one of his symphonies? Had J S Bach been sitting in St Cuthbert’s Church in Wells on Saturday evening, he would surely have been thrilled with the Somerset Singers’ performance of his Christmas Oratorio. Singing together with the Lochrian Ensemble and soloists Christina Birchall-Sampson (soprano), Daniel Brown (counter-tenor), Philip Pooley (tenor) and James Birchall (bass) it was a superb evening.

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Sung very competently in German the opening chorus ‘Rejoice, be glad, celebrate the time…’ was a truly irresistible summons. Throughout the evening the choruses were strong and vibrant, a response to the call to ‘Serve the Highest with splendid choruses …’ with choir and orchestra, especially the trumpet, complementing each other. These were then balanced by the singing of gently familiar chorales each of which concluded with its own soft harmony.

The recitatives and arias sung by the four talented soloists brought to us different dimensions of the whole. The bass solo ‘Who can rightly extol the love our Saviour holds for us‘… gave us gentle, quiet strength whilst the delightful aria ‘Happy shepherds hurry…’ had flute and tenor voice singing and dancing together on the way to see the baby. The final recitative sung by all four soloists, seemed to represent the whole of society as they sang ‘How can hell be frightening now…‘ and indeed we would not go home under a cloud of fear but overjoyed to have heard such a beautiful, assured but tender performance of this wonderful Christmas piece.

If you are interested in joining Somerset Singers, their next performance will be in St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells on Saturday 9th May 2015 when the programme will be Faure’s Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine and Schubert’s Mass in G. Rehearsals will begin at 7:30pm on 14th January 2015 at the Friends’ Meeting House, Sidcot.

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!