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

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.

Bridgwater Choral Society’s next concert: hope springs eternal

posted 25 Mar 2016, 01:53 by Ann Hains

At the worst of times, there’s always hope. This is one message of the masterworks Bridgwater Choral Society will be performing at their next concert. On 7th May at St Mary’s Church the choir, with professional soloists and orchestra under their conductor Iain Cooper, will be performing Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Requiem.

The original title of Haydn’s Nelson Mass was ‘Mass in troubled times’. Haydn’s times certainly were troubled: he and his fellow citizens were terrified that Napoleon would invade Vienna. However, just before the first performance of the mass in 1798 Nelson had beaten Napoleon’s navy at the Battle of the Nile, and in 1800 Nelson visited Vienna, met Haydn, and possibly attended a performance of the mass, hence its change of name.

Haydn’s music reflects the dangerous situation. The mass begins in a tense, almost threatening minor key, and at times the trumpets and drums have a martial rhythm echoing the menace of an approaching army. But by the end optimism breaks through: the mass ends with a joyful, victorious chorus.

Mozart was writing his Requiem on his deathbed. The stirring music does not spare us from the fear and pain of death. Yet there is hope here too, the hope for mercy that threads its way through the work. The very last notes that Mozart ever wrote, the beautiful ascending melody of the ‘Lacrymosa’, are thrillingly poignant.

This is clearly going to be a very special concert, so make a note of the details now: Saturday 7th May, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Bridgwater.

Come and Sing Handel!

posted 17 Jan 2016, 09:55 by Ann Hains

Bridgwater Choral Society and their conductor Iain Cooper are hosting their Come and Sing Day on Saturday 27 February at Wembdon Parish Church, 10am to 4pm. We very much hope that anyone who likes to sing will come and share what promises to be a really enjoyable day.

We will be practising Handel’s Coronation Anthems (including the iconic Zadok the Priest), joyful, extrovert pieces that are a pleasure to sing, and there will be an informal performance at the end of the day. Members of other choral societies are welcome – or if you are considering joining us, this just might be the fun, informal occasion you are looking for to spend time with us before taking the plunge!

The cost is £12, to include scores and tea and coffee. You can bring a packed lunch. Contact Sue Brownlie (01278 722344) for more details, or visit our website:

Bridgwater Choral Society looks forward to seeing you!

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