Welcome to the Bridgwater Choral Society website.

The Choral Society has been at the heart of cultural life in Bridgwater since it was re-formed in 1949 by conductor Rex Browning, with the aim of providing music of quality from the classical choral repertoire in the town and district. Early performances were in the Arts Centre and Town Hall, later moving to the fine parish church of St Mary’s. The church has recently undergone reordering so audience and singers alike can now enjoy excellent access, lighting and more comfortable individual seating. The Society engages a full professional orchestra and established or promising young soloists for concerts. Recent performances have ranged from familiar works such as Brahms' German Requiem and Bach's Christmas Oratorio to less-visited works by Bliss, Britten and Holst.

The Society has been fortunate to have been led by three outstanding conductors - Rex Browning, William Llewellyn, and now grows from strength to strength under the expert leadership of Iain Cooper. In May 2018 Iain led the choir in the first performance of his own composition, Benedicite, for choir, brass quintet, piano duet and timpani.

Sadly our 2021 Season was disrupted by the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic and we were unfortunately obliged to cancel our concerts, subsequently many choir members were unable to return to rehearsals in September and conductor Iain Cooper tendered his resignation.

Some members of the Society have continued to meet at St Mary's Church, and were pleased to be able to take part in the Civic Carol Service, as well as singing carols at Fyne Court and Blake Court under the leadership of Jackie Ayres. We will be returning to St Mary's in January and look forward to presenting an informal concert in the Spring.

We look forward to seeing you there, in the meantime please continue to stay safe in these very strange times.