Previous Concerts & Events

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Saturday 16th May 2020 at 7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

This concert by Bridgwater Choral Society to celebrate 75 years of Peace since the Second World War is now CANCELLED due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

The Choir hopes that the music it had begun to prepare will be performed at a time in the future when the health emergency is over.

In September, all being well, the Choir will reassemble to rehearse their planned Christmas Concert, which will take place at the same venue on Saturday December 5th 2020. This Concert is always very popular so the Society members hope that you will join them once more for this joyous event.

Bridgwater Choral Society with Conductor Iain Cooper invite you to Come & Sing

Mozart's Requiem on Saturday 15th February 2020

10.00 am - 4.00 pm ~ Registration from 9.30 am

£12.00 to include music hire

You bring the packed lunch; we will supply the tea/coffee

PLUS

A friendly atmosphere and the help and encouragement of our Musical Director

If you are considering joining the Society, this might just be the fun, informal occasion you are looking for to spend time with us before taking the plunge!

This year we are delighted to be returning to:

Salvation Army Hall,

Moorland Road

Bridgwater

TA6 4JS

Booking and details available from Secretary Peter Attwood on 01278 734588

or e-mail: peterattwood4588@gmail.com

If you have never had the opportunity to sing this wonderful work NOW IS YOUR CHANCE to learn from scratch.

OR just Come and Sing it again because you like it!

Saturday 30th November 2019 at 7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Vivaldi: Gloria

Mozart: Regina Coeli & Coronation Mass

Boyce: Symphonies 4 & 5

Haydn: St Nicholas Mass

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Ochestra led by ~ Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Soprano ~ Rachel Phillips

Alto ~ Louise Innes

Tenor ~ Kamil Bien *

Bass ~ Andre Soares

Saturday 11th May 2019 at 7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Brahms: German Requiem

Song of Destiny

Lieder

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Soprano ~ Charlotte Newstead

Baritone ~ Thomas Humphries

Accompanist ~ Raya Kostova

Saturday 16th February 2019

Salvation Army Hall, Moorland Road, Bridgwater

Come & Sing Day

Choruses from Handel's: Jephtha

under the expert leadership of our conductor

Iain Cooper

If you have been considering joining the Choral Society, this might 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.

Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be provided ~ please bring a packed lunch.

Saturday 01st December 2018 at 7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Handel: Messiah

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Soprano ~ Nicola Wydenbach

Alto ~ Fiona McKay

Tenor ~ Guy Withers

Bass ~ Jevan McAuley

Saturday 12th May 2018 at 7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Fauré: Requiem

Handel: Coronation Anthems

Iain Cooper: Benedicite

for Choir, Brass, Piano Duet and Timpani

Pianists: John Bodiley & Frances Webb

The Wallscourt Brass Quintet

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Soprano ~ Mary Morgan

Baritone ~ Andre Soares

Retiring collection in support of the Musgrove MRI Scanner appeal.


Bridgwater Choral Society with Conductor Iain Cooper invite you to Come & Sing

Haydn: The Creation on Saturday 17th February 2018

10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Registration from 9.30 am

£12.00 to include music hire and tea/coffee

Please bring a packed lunch

Soup and rolls will also be available for a small fee

This year we are delighted to be returning to:

Salvation Army Hall,

Moorland Road

Bridgwater

TA6 4JS

Places are limited so to avoid disappointment please contact Graham Box on 07878 579114

or e-mail grahambox282@btinternet.com

If you have been considering joining the Choral Society, this might 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.

Saturday 02nd December 2017 at 7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Soprano ~ Charlotte Newstead

Alto ~ Fiona Mackay

Tenor ~ Guy Withers

Baritone ~ Przemyslaw Baranak

Anton Mauve ~ Sheep watering by a River

Saturday 06th May 2017 at 7.30 pm

Bridgwater Baptist Church

Bliss: Pastoral

Britten: St Nicolas

Holst: Two Psalms

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by ~ Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Tenor ~ Dominick Felix

Bridgwater Choral Society with Conductor Iain Cooper invite you to Come & Sing Fauré's Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine on Saturday 18th February 2017

This year we are delighted to be holding the event at

Salvation Army Hall,

Moorland Road

Bridgwater

TA6 4JS

If you have been considering joining the Choral Society, this might 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.

Caspar David Friedrich ~ Wanderer above the Mist

Saturday 10th December 2016 at 7.30 pm

St. Andrew's Church, Stogursey

Beethoven:

Prometheus Overture

Mass in C

&

Choral Fantasia

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by ~ Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Piano ~ Raya Kostova

Soprano ~ Kathryn Skipp

Alto ~ Fiona McKay

Tenor ~ David Woodward

Bass ~ Thomas Humphries

Tickets: £10.00 unreserved, accompanied under 16s free

Available from Stogursey Post Office

Saturday 07th May 2016

7.30 pm

St. Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Mozart: Requiem

Haydn: Nelson Mass

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by ~ Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Soprano ~ Mary Morgan

Alto ~ Anne Braley

Tenor ~ Guy Withers

Bass ~ Edmund Saddington

Tickets: £12 reserved (£10 for Friends)

£8 unreserved, accompanied under 16s free

Join us for our ever-popular annual Come and Sing day

This fun, informal day will give participants the chance to sing Handel's: Coronation Anthems

under the expert leadership of conductor Iain Cooper.

If you have been considering joining the Society

this might 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 your own packed lunch.

For further information and tickets please telephone Sue Brownlie: 01278 722344

or email: secretary@bridgwaterchoral.org

A Family Concert of

Carols and Christmas Music

Saturday 05th December 2015 at 7.30 pm

St. Mary’s Church, Bridgwater

with the choir of St Mary’s Primary School

and the Wallscourt Brass Quintet

Conductor - Iain Cooper

Organ ~ John Bodiley

Tickets: £5.00

accompanied under 16s free.

Saturday 28th November 2015

7.30 pm

St. Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Handel: Messiah

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by ~ Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Soprano ~ Alexandra Kidgell

Alto ~ Ben Sawyer

Tenor ~ Dominick Felix

Bass ~ Thomas Humphreys

Unfortunately Soprano Alexandra Kidgell was unable to join us

We are extremely grateful to Kathryn Skipp for taking her place at short notice

Saturday 09th May 2015

7.30 pm

St. Mary's Church, Bridgwater

J S Bach: St Matthew Passion

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by ~ Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Jesus ~ Louis Hurst

Evangelist ~ Bo Wang

Soprano ~ Charlotte Newstead

Alto ~ Fiona Mackay

Bass ~ Stephen Whitford

Continuo ~ John Bodiley

Cello ~ Jane Francis

Image courtesy of C M Friese

Saturday 06th December 2014

7.30 pm

St. Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Edward Elgar: Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands

John Rutter: Feel the Spirit

and

Benjamin Britten: Ceremony of Carols

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Piano ~ John Bodiley

Harp ~ Sally Jenkins

Soprano ~ Mary Morgan

Contralto ~ Gaye Boggon


Saturday 10th May 2014

7.30 pm

St. Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Haydn: Creation

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by ~ Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Soprano ~ Charlotte Newstead

Tenor ~ Daniel Joy

Bass ~ Szymon Wach

Come and Sing Day

Saturday 01st March 2014, 10.00am to 4.00pm

St George's Church, Wembdon, Bridgwater,TA6 7RR

Join Bridgwater Choral Society for their ever-popular annual Come and Sing day.

This fun, informal day will give participants the chance to sing choruses from Handel's: Israel in Egypt

under the expert leadership of conductor Iain Cooper.

If you have been considering joining the Society this might 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 your own packed lunch.

For further information and tickets please telephone Graham : 07878 579114/01278 458989

or email: grahambox282@btinternet.com

Saturday 07th December 2013

7.30 pm

St. Mary's Church, Bridgwater

In Tune with Heaven

English Church Music of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Including music by

Elgar, Stanford, Parry, Bairstow, Britten, Stainer, Wesley, Vaughan Williams and Holst

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Organist ~ John Bodiley

Saturday 11th May 2013

7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Bach - Mass in B Minor

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by ~ Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Soprano ~ Eleanor Ross

Soprano ~ Mary Morgan

Alto ~ Fiona McKay

Tenor ~ Paul Smy

Bass ~ Joseph Padfield


Unfortunately, due to illness Joseph Padfield was unable to sing tonight, we are extremely grateful to Szymon Wach for taking his place.

Come and Sing Day

Saturday 09th March 2013, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Wembdon Parish Centre, Wembdon, Bridgwater,TA6 7RR

Join Bridgwater Choral Society for their ever-popular annual Come and Sing day.

This fun, informal day will give participants the chance to sing choruses from Haydn's The Creation ‘from scratch’

under the expert leadership of conductor Iain Cooper. Accompaniment will be provided by Ray Willis.

If you have been considering joining the Society this might 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 your own packed lunch.

For further information and tickets please telephone Sally Wallington: 01278 68450

Saturday 08th December 2012

7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Handel - Messiah

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by ~ Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Soprano ~ Jean McElroy

Countertenor ~ Jeremy Kenyon

Tenor ~ Richard Rowntree

Bass ~ Philip Tebb

Price: £12 reserved (£10 for Friends),

£8 unreserved, accompanied under 16s free.

Saturday 12th May 2012

7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Carl Orff ~ Carmina Burana

Lambert ~ Rio Grande

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Pianos ~ Andrew Hansford & Frances Webb

with percussion ensemble

Soprano ~ Charlotte Newstead

Alto ~ Fran Marshfield

Tenor ~ Paul Smy

Bass ~ Julian Rippon

Tickets £11, £8.50 reserved, £6 unreserved ( Accompanied under 16s free)

Available two weeks in advance from Bridgwater Book Shop tel 01278 457565 or on the door on the evening of the concert

Concert sponsored by

EDF Energy Logo

Come and Sing Day

Saturday 10th March 2012, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Wembdon Parish Centre, Wembdon, Bridgwater TA6 7RR

Join Bridgwater Choral Society for their ever-popular annual Come and Sing day.

This fun, informal day will give participants the chance to tackle some favourite Gilbert & Sullivan choruses ‘from scratch’

under the expert leadership of conductor Iain Cooper. Accompaniment will be provided by Ray Willis.

If you have been considering joining the Society this might 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 10 to include hire of music, with plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits!

Wednesday 07th December 2011

7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Puccini ~ Messa di Gloria

Brahms ~ Alto Rhapsody

Faure ~ Pavanne

Holst ~ Ode to Death

Conductor ~ Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by ~ Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Mezzo-Soprano ~ Helen Sherman

Tenor ~ Peter Wilman

Bass/Baritone ~ Julian Rippon

Saturday 07th May 2011

7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Joint concert with Cleeve Chorale of Cheltenham

Mendelssohn - Elijah

Conductor - Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by Sarah Drury

Accompanist - Ray Willis

Soprano - Nicola Wydenbach

Alto - Penelope Davies

Tenor - Richard Rowntree

Baritone - Phillip Tebb

Come and Sing Day

Saturday 12th March 2011, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Wembdon Parish Centre, Wembdon, Bridgwater TA6 7RR

Join Bridgwater Choral Society for their ever-popular annual Come and Sing day.

This fun, informal day will give participants the chance to tackle Carl Orff's Carmina Burana ‘from scratch’

under the expert leadership of conductor Iain Cooper. Accompaniment will be provided by Ray Willis.

If you have been considering joining the Society this might be just the occasion you are looking for to spend time with us before taking the plunge!

Entry is £10 to include hire of music, tea/coffee and biscuits. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Saturday 04th December 2010

7.30 pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Handel - Messiah

Conductor - Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by Carol Paige

Harpsichord Continuo - John Bodiley

Soprano - Mary Morgan

Counter Tenor - Jeremy Burrows

and

from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Tenor - Alberto Sousa

Bass - Ashley Riches

Wednesday 12th May 2010

7.30pm

St Mary's Church, Bridgwater

Haydn - Missa in Tempore Belli (Paukenmesse)

Mozart - Regina Coeli

Schubert - Tantum Ergo

& Intende Voci

Conductor - Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Accompanist - Ray Willis

Soprano - Eleanor Briggs - 2009 Winner of the Alfreda Hodgson Bursary of Making Music

Alto - Pamela Rudge

Tenor - Richard Rowntree

Bass - Brian Pursey

Come and Sing Day

Saturday 27 February 2010, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Wembdon Parish Centre, Wembdon, Bridgwater TA6 7RR

Join Bridgwater Choral Society for their ever-popular annual Come and Sing day.

This fun, informal day will give participants the chance to tackle choruses from Mendelssohn’s Elijah ‘from scratch’

under the expert leadership of conductor Iain Cooper. Accompaniment will be provided by Ray Willis.

If you have been considering joining the Society this might be just the occasion you are looking for to spend time with us before taking the plunge!

Places are limited so be sure to book early. Tel 01278 651208. Entry is £10 to include hire of music, tea/coffee and biscuits. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Wednesday 02nd December 2009

7.30pm

St Mary’s Church, Bridgwater

Handel

Alexander's Feast

Conductor - Iain Cooper

Orchestra led by Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Organ - Ray Willis

Soprano - Mary Morgan

Tenor - Peter Wilman

Bass - David Mills

Saturday 09th May 2009

7.30pm

St Mary’s Church - Bridgwater

Joint concert with Cleeve Chorale of Cheltenham

MOZART

SOLEMN VESPERS DI CONFESSORE

and

MASS in C MINOR

Orchestra led by Carol Bennett

Soprano – Mary Morgan

Soprano – Jean McElroy

Alto – Karen Longmate

Tenor - James Atherton

Bass – David Mills

Conductor - Iain Cooper

Saturday 25th April 2009

7.30pm

Cleeve School Hall - Bishop's Cleeve

Joint concert with Cleeve Chorale of Cheltenham

MOZART

SOLEMN VESPERS DI CONFESSORE

and

MASS in C MINOR

Orchestra led by Claire Piper

Soprano – Mary Morgan

Soprano – Jean McElroy

Alto – Karen Longmate

Tenor - Peter Wilman

Bass – David Mills

Conductor - Iain Cooper

Saturday 28th February 2009

Singing Day: Your chance to sing through popular opera choruses.

Please join us at St George's Church, Wembdon, Bridgwater from 10.00am - 4.30 pm

Refreshments will be provided, please bring your own packed lunch.

Fee: £10.00 to include hire of music.

Contact Hon. Sec. Jenny Patten for further details.

Tel. 01278 456645