Come & Sing: Choruses from Mendelssohn’s Oratorio ‘Elijah’
Come and join Weymouth Choral Society on Saturday 18 March for an exciting and inspiring day of singing at The Thomas Hardye School, Queens Avenue, Dorchester.
The Workshop will be led by Colin Davey, Chief Examiner and Education Programmes Manager for the Royal School of Church Music. Colin is a highly experienced Choral Director and organist, currently holding the position of Director of Music with Fareham Philharmonic Choir and at St Michael’s Church, Bassett, Southampton.
The workshop will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm and will feature choruses from Mendelssohn’s popular, dramatic oratorio ‘Elijah’, through which Colin will focus on vocal and choral technique, musicianship and interpretation. The fee for the day is £10 which includes tea/coffee and music hire.
No prior knowledge of the music is required, although the ability to read music would be an advantage. To find out more, download an application form or apply on line, go to the Concert page to access the booking form or phone 01305 774405.
Tickets for Elijah cost £12 (£10 seniors and students) and are available from Square Records, 14 High Street, Wimborne, or phone Sylvia Elkins on 01202 552571 or Judy Walbrin on 07712 135150, or on the door.
Tickets are £10.00 (free to under 16s) available from: Harmony Music, Dorchester, Weymouth Pavilion, Phone 07712 135150, from members, via the website weymouthchoralsociety.org.uk or at the door.
Our last concert
Swing Into Spring
Two substantial choirs took the stage at All Saints’ School, Wyke Regis, on Saturday April 8th for Weymouth Choral Society’s ‘Spring into Spring’ Concert. Musical director Helen Brind made the evening doubly engaging by inviting the much-loved and long-established Quangle Wangle Choir, directed by Juliet Harwood, to join them. The result was a popular, wide-ranging and enchantingly varied programme which enabled both choirs to display their individual styles.
WEYMOUTH CHORAL SOCIETY AND BARCLAYS HOUSE CHOIR PRESENT: 'ELIJAH' at Wimborne Minster, Saturday 3 June 2017
On Saturday 3 June at 7.30pm, Weymouth Choral Society and the Poole-based Barclays House Choir will present a performance of Mendelssohn's oratorio 'Elijah' in the beautiful setting of Wimborne Minster. The two choirs are both directed by Helen Brind, who said of the joint venture: ' We are thrilled to be combining to form a choral force of well over 100 voices, which together with four professional soloists and the full symphonic sound of St Peter's Orchestra, will bring to life this very dramatic and intense choral work.' The role of Elijah will be sung by the experienced Dorset-based bass, Jonathan Prentice, with the remaining roles being interpreted by three further highly-acclaimed soloists: tenor Paul Smy, mezzo-soprano Kate Howden and soprano Carrie-Anne Williams. St Peter's Orchestra will be joined by Chris Dowie on the splendid Wimborne Minster organ, to complete the imposing full symphony orchestra required for this iconic choral piece. Tickets for the concert at the Minster are priced at £12 & £10 and can be purchased from Square Records, The Square, Wimborne, or phone 07712 135150.
The concert will be the final crowning glory in an exciting year for Weymouth Choral Society! In November, several members travelled to take part in a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York - an amazing experience. The choir has also hosted a highly successful choral workshop, performed at many local venues including the Weymouth Pavilion, and enjoyed acclaimed concerts featuring as guests several other local ensembles, soloists and young musicians. The Choral Society welcomes new members and if you are interested in learning more about joining please see the website at www.weymouthchoralsociety.org.uk for further information.