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Notification of A.G.M.

posted 15 Aug 2018, 01:46 by Ann Hains

The A.G.M. of Bridgwater Choral Society will take place on Wednesday 12th September at St Joseph's School, Bridgwater at 7.30 pm.  Please note that our first rehearsal takes place the previous Wednesday, 05th September where music will be handed out for our performance of Handel's Messiah on 01st December 2018.

Your committee needs you!  Anyone wishing to stand for election, or knows someone else who might be persuaded please contact Peter Attwood or Jeanne McIntosh.  The committee usually meets 6 times a year, so not an onerous commitment.  

Following the sad death of Andrew Morton, we are also seeking someone to take on producing the concert programme - is this something you may like to take on?  We would be delighted to hear from you...........

Look forward to seeing you on 5th September. 🎶

May 2018 Concert

posted 4 Apr 2018, 15:14 by Ann Hains

Notes from Iain regarding his Benedicite:-

The idea of writing a work for the society came from a chance remark from our president that we had never commissioned a composer to write  work specially for us.  If we wanted to do that, I thought, I really ought to be able to write it myself.  When I was a choirboy, I always enjoyed singing the Benedicite (the song which the 'three holy children' Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the Old Testament book of Daniel sing to celebrate being saved from the burning fiery furnace).  It was the rhythm of the words of its refrain, 'praise him and magnify him', which now started going round in my mind and provided the musical seed of my own Benedicite.  I wanted the accompaniment to reflect the joyful mood of the words, so I decided on brass 5tet, piano duet and timpani, at least partly because there old friends of the society whom I could ask to play.  Happily they all agreed, and I've been very touched by the enthusiasm with which the choir and the instrumentalists have tackled the new piece.  the Benedicite occupied my spare moments between January and September 2017.  It's quite short (about 7 minutes) and I tried to make it as lively and colourful as I could, though there's also a quieter section in the middle, with a solo for our resident soprano soloist, Mary Morgan, whose beautiful singing is already familiar to regular members of our audience.

And.........

The baritione soloist, Andre Soares, is Iain's brother's wife's nephew, and they first met when Andre sang for Iain in the back room of his dad's café in his hometown in rural Portugal and told him that he wanted to come to the UK and study to be a professional singer.  Iain told him to make a demo recording to send round to various singers and singing teachers here, e.g.Lottie Newstead and Tom Humphreys, who all said he had the potential to succeed.  Since he arrived here, various eminent singing teachers have said the same and he's about to start lessons with one of the best in the business.  He arrived in this country at the end of 2016 and within 48 hours was working in Macdonald's at Clapham Junction.  Hes now been promoted to their HQ in Finchley and is fitting his vocal studies around that.  

2017-2018 Brochure Now Available

posted 7 Sep 2017, 12:33 by Ann Hains

Take a look at our new brochure!

Notification of A.G.M.

posted 17 Aug 2017, 08:44 by Ann Hains

We reconvene on Wednesday 06th September at 7.30 pm for our A.G.M. followed by the first rehearsal at  8.30 pm. This takes place at St Joseph's School, Bridgwater, which remains our rehearsal venue for the forthcoming season.

Your committee is in need of new blood and we hope that anyone wishing to stand for election, or knows someone else who might be persuaded, will make themselves known.  It is not an onerous commitment, we meet 6 times a year and our meetings are usually held on a Monday afternoon.

Look forward to seeing you on 6th September at what will, I'm sure, be the start of a very enjoyable term's singing.

Change of Venue

posted 20 Apr 2017, 00:50 by Ann Hains

Dear all,

It is disappointing to have to advise that St Mary's will not, after all, be ready in time for us to stage our concert in May.

This means that we shall be using the Baptist Church which most of you will know is just across the road from St Mary's.

Your committee is confident that this is a suitable venue for us and hopes very much that your continued support can be relied upon.


Come & Sing

posted 16 Jan 2017, 02:55 by Ann Hains

Bridgwater Choral Society with Conductor Iain Cooper invite you to Come & Sing Fauré's Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine on Saturday 18th February 2017 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

This year we are delighted to be holding the event at the Salvation Army Hall, Bridgwater. TA6 4JS.

If you have been considering joining the Choral Society, this may be just the occasion you are looking for to spend time with us before taking the plunge!  We are always looking for new singers, and offer plenty of support and encouragement to get you started.

Entry is £12.00 to include hire of music, with plenty of tea/coffee and biscuits! Please bring a packed lunch.

Places are limited so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.  Telephone Graham Box 01278 458985 or 07878 579114
E-mail grahambox282@btinternet.com


B.C.S. & Beethoven at Stogursey

posted 12 Nov 2016, 06:53 by Ann Hains

We're working hard on our Beethoven programme at St Andrew's Church on Dec 10. It promises to be a wonderful evening, so put the date in your diaries.

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Notification of A.G.M.

posted 27 Aug 2016, 01:39 by Ann Hains

Our A.G.M. will take place on Wednesday 07th September at 7.30 pm at St Joseph's School, Bridgwater, which remains our rehearsal venue for the forthcoming season.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Bridgwater Choral Society welcome you to their 2016-17 season

posted 22 Aug 2016, 14:20 by Ann Hains

This season, Bridgwater Choral Society are bringing you two very different musical experiences. The first, on 10 December 2016 at St Andrew’s Church, Stogursey (note the venue) is a feast of Beethoven; the second, on 6 May 2017 at St Mary’s Church, Bridgwater is a concert of works by 20th-century British composers. Please make a note of the dates, and be sure to come along to what promise to be two wonderful evenings of choral music.

‘But, my dear Beethoven, what is that you have done?’ This was the reaction of Prince Esterhazy after hearing the first performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C in 1807. Later, the prince wrote to a friend: ‘Beethoven’s mass is unbearably ridiculous’. Posterity would disagree; one critic has written that the Mass in C ‘has a directness and emotional content that the Missa Solemnis sometimes lacks’, and another that it is ‘a long-underrated masterpiece’. It’s up to you to decide who you agree with! The BCS’s Beethoven concert also includes the Prometheus overture, in which Beethoven exploits spectacular instrumental and orchestral effects, and the inspiring Choral Fantasia, which includes a virtuoso piano part; the main theme of the work is a version of the famous ‘Ode to Joy’ theme in the 9th Symphony. 

In complete contrast, the Bridgwater Choral Society’s May 2017 concert celebrates 20th-century British composers. In Arthur Bliss’s Pastoral shepherds and farmers, nymphs and girls celebrate a spring festival in honour of the god Pan. This work, written in 1928 and dedicated to Elgar, marks the moment when Bliss was making the transition from being an innovative, modernist composer to a more traditional and romantic one. Gustav Holst’s Two Psalms (1912) is a setting of 17th-century metrical versions of Psalms 86 and 148. Holst re-works old hymn tunes, and his directness and economy combine with a wide emotional range and warmth of expression. Britten’s St Nicholas (1948) tells the dramatic story of the legendary life of the saint: his birth and childhood, his travels (including a storm at sea), and his good works and miracles – not forgetting the bringing back of life of three boys pickled in brine! Britten's music enhances the drama with striking contrasts in instrumentation, vocal style, and musical textures – and you in the audience can join the choir in two hymns.

So do make a note of our concert dates: Beethoven at St Andrew’s, Stogursey on 10 December 2016, and British composers at St Mary’s, Bridgwater on 6 May 2017. Bridgwater Choral Society look forward to seeing you!

2016-2017 Brochure Now Available

posted 22 Aug 2016, 13:26 by Ann Hains

Have a browse through our beautiful new brochure featuring all our concerts for the forthcoming season.

Click on the link below.

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