New Message from the Chairman

posted 27 Sept 2020, 13:43 by Ann Hains

Dear Friends and Members of Bridgwater Choral Society.

I find myself once again writing to let you know that for the time being, we will not be having any live performances or rehearsals until the situation with Covid has changed!

As Chairman, I have a duty of care for my members, musical director, accompanists and audience to keep everyone as safe as possible.

I hope that 2021 will allow us to sing once again, and fill St Mary’s church with beautiful music.

Thank you for your continuous support and understanding through these strange times.

I look forward to seeing you all hopefully next year, in the mean time, please keep in the best of health.

Best wishes to you all.

 Jackie Collins ( Chairman )

Message from the Chairman

posted 13 Apr 2020, 10:09 by Ann Hains

Dear Members

We find ourselves living through strange times at the moment. Who would have thought that 2020 would bring to the world, a virus, that would force us to shut ourselves behind closed doors, to keep out of harms way.

I don’t know about you all, but I have missed singing with you. It feels very strange not to be going out on a Wednesday evening. Hopefully you are keeping your spirits up, listening to the radio and listening to podcasts etc. It’s not the same, as singing together, but it’s all we have for now. At least the sun has been shining this week, and no rain, which has been a bonus.

We have made a decision on the choice of music for the Christmas concert. It will be Benjamin Britten, Ceremony of Carols, and John Rutter, Feel the Spirit. Also there will be seasonal Christmas Carols and audience participation, plus A fabulous Harpist and Brass section, Iain will let us know what they will be playing when it has been confirmed.

I do realise we have sung theses pieces before, but it was felt that after the dreaded  Brexit, we needed something to lift our spirts and be joyful! Even more so now, in this current climate.

I wish you all the very best in these trying times, look after yourselves. Our mental health is vitally important while we are keeping our distance from family and friends. Contact each other, have a chat, even if it’s only for a moment or two. Let’s all support one another! I am always at the end of a phone if you want to call me. 

Wishing you all the very best, keep singing if you can. Keep well.

Jackie ( Chairman)

Notice re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

posted 11 Mar 2020, 09:37 by Ann Hains

Dear All,

at the moment the current number of cases in the UK relatively low and there is no government advice for organisations like us to stop operating. However there are a few common sense rules that apply to us all.

PLEASE do not come to a rehearsal if you have a fever or respiritary symptoms of a cold or a cough but please let your part rep know so that we know what is happening.

Stay well,

All good wishes


Notification of A.G.M.

posted 27 Aug 2019, 13:52 by Ann Hains

The A.G.M. will be held on Wednesday 11th September at St Joseph’s School, Bridgwater commencing at 7.30 pm.
Our 1st rehearsal of the Autumn term will be the previous Wednesday, when music will be available for our performance on Saturday 30th November.

Please consider if you would be willing to take on the post of Librarian or Publicity Officer, both vital committee rôles.  Contact Peter Attwood for further information.

See you on 4th! 🎶

2019 - 2020 Brochure Now Available

posted 10 Aug 2019, 07:59 by Ann Hains

Take a look at the new brochure!

2018 - 2019 Brochure now available

posted 18 Aug 2018, 01:57 by Ann Hains

Take a look at the brochure for the new season.......

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.


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 Sept 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.

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