Wincanton Choral Society Bridge Tournament

This unfortunately had to be cancelled owing to the coronavirus lockdown.

Organiser, Sarah Urquhart, writes: “I am looking forward to us all meeting up for this exciting tournament, as soon as the government allows us to gather in greater numbers”.

Wincanton Choral Society plans to pull out all the stops!

If you feel deprived now the carol-singing season is behind us, have you ever considered joining a choir and getting that shot of endorphins/tryptophans or whatever they are that give you that sense of physical and mental well-being, on a regular weekly basis?

There are all sorts of choirs out there but if you’re after something more musically substantial then a choral society is the way to go. There is no better time to join WCS.

2020 is our 30th anniversary and we intend to make our next concert on May 17th a very special one.  It may not have escaped you that this year is also the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth – and our programme will centre on his Mass in C Major, in addition to which the choir will sing the final rousing chorus from his oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives, and the orchestra will kick off the event with his dramatic Coriolan Overture. Haydn’s by turns stormy and serene Insanae et Vanae Curae motet will make an interesting parallel with the overture, and Beethoven’s other great predecessor of the ‘classical’ period, Mozart, will be represented by the short, sublime – and famous – Ave Verum Corpus. Soprano soloist Stephanie Bodsworth and alto Olivia Ray, who made such an impression at our December concert, return to sing operatic duets/trios by Beethoven and Mozart with Tenor and Bass soloists.

Our concerts are always grand events, usually with a very professional orchestra and talented soloists, and filling Wincanton Leisure Centre Hall to its 500 person capacity: remarkable in a small market town.

We have other things to celebrate like the presence of our wonderful new Director of Music, Katrine Reimers, and the significant numbers of new recruits to our now-84-strong membership, which comes from as far afield as Crewkerne and Gilingham. The choir’s first concert under Katrine’s direction in early December was generally pronounced an outstanding success. Katrine has that rare combination of top-notch knowledge of musical theory, history and rehearsal technique with the human warmth and patience to forgive us our trespasses and ensure the most artistic as well as technically excellent performance of which we’re capable.

Weekly Rehearsals have just started but it’s by no means too late to join us. A certain amount of commitment is desirable, and obviously enjoying the repertoire – though it does grow on you –  but before you know it it will have become an essential part of your week. If not, save the date and come and listen to us on May 17th.

Benedict Critchley

Tickets are now available for Christmas Concert 2019

On Sunday 8th December, Wincanton Choral Society will perform its 2019 Christmas Concert, under the leadership of Katrine Reimers. Katrine has put together a programme of favourites as well as other pieces by well-known composers, all of which will infuse the audience with the spirit of Christmas.

The evening’s headline pieces will be Gloria by Vivaldi, one of sacred music’s most uplifting works and Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit de Noel, a delightful Christmas mass, which draws upon French carols, popular during Charpentier’s lifetime.

These pieces will be supported by works by Bach, Correlli, carols and the ever-popular Hallelujah by Handel. The choir will be assisted by an orchestra led by Edward Burns, soprano Stephanie Bodsworth and mezzo-soprano Olivia Ray.

Advance tickets (purchased before 2nd December) are £13.50 for adults and £6 for those aged eighteen or less. Tickets are now on sale at www.bradsons.co.uk/tickets, are available by calling on 01739 814899 and from Society members. They can also be purchased on the door for £15.

Please be advised that as the concert takes place in a sports hall, we request no stiletto heels please. You are welcome to bring a cushion for extra comfort.

Winter Concert

Wincanton Choral Society’s Winter Concert will take place on

Sunday 8th December 2019 at 7.30pm at

Wincanton Sports Centre, with music by

Vivaldi and Charpentier plus Haydn, Bach and Correlli

More information to follow

New Musical Director for Wincanton Choral Society

Wincanton Choral Society is delighted to announce that Katrine Reimers has been appointed the Choir’s new Musical Director. Katrine grew up in Taunton and now lives in Bath. She has worked as accompanist for Wincanton Choral Society since 2014 and is now thrilled to be taking the reins as Musical Director.

Katrine studied music at King’s College, Cambridge, gained a Master’s degree in piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and completed her training as an opera coach and pianist at the National Opera Studio. She has since built a career as a choral conductor, vocal coach, accompanist and music teacher. Her work has spanned a wide range of contexts, from orchestral piano at the Royal Opera House to choral workshop-leading in prisons, and from massed-choir conducting of 3,000 singers at an international choral festival to directing an orchestra of young disabled musicians at the Colston Hall.

In addition to vocal coaching at English National Opera, Katrine heads large-scale concerts of international school children at the Cadogan Hall, London and recently led a highly successful study weekend for the Dorset Bach Cantata Club.

Katrine already knows Wincanton Choral Society very well as accompanist and has performed frequently on keyboard with orchestras at the Choir’s public concerts. When the Choir reassembles for rehearsals on Monday 2 September at King Arthur’s School in Wincanton, Katrine has chosen Charpentier’s beautiful Messe de Minuit and an established favourite the Vivaldi Gloria to celebrate her appointment as Musical Director. These and other pieces will make up the programme for a major public concert in December with full details to follow.

Katrine and the Wincanton Choral Society welcome new members, men and women, to join and take part at this exciting time in the Choir’s history.