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.

Tickets now available for our Spring Concert – Sunday 19th May 2019

On Sunday May 19th, Wincanton Choral Society will present our Spring Concert at Wincanton Sports Centre, conducted by our Musical Director, Simon Twiselton.

This year, the main work featured is Mozart’s Requiem, one of his best known choral pieces. This work remained incomplete at his untimely death in 1791, aged only 36, and was completed – at his wife’s request – by a pupil of his named Süssmayr.

In the first half, we will be singing a less well known work, the Missa Sancti Nicolai by Haydn. This was composed in 1772 in honour of his patron, Nicholas Esterhazy of Hungary, and performed on St. Nicholas’ Day at the Esterhaza palace. Haydn later made some revisions to the Mass in 1802.

Both works, in addition to chorus and orchestra, require four solo singers, and joining us on the evening will be Krystl Ride, singing soprano; Arabella Heaton, alto; Matthew Keighley, tenor, and James Geidt, bass. As always, we are grateful as an amateur choir to be able to sing with professional soloists and orchestral players.

Tickets for the concert will be sold on the door at £15, or are available for £13.50 if booked in advance from Netaticket, up until May 13th. Under 18s will be charged only £6. The booking number is 01749 813899.

Tickets now available for Christmas Concert

Tickets are now available for the Society’s 2018 Christmas Concert, in which Musical Director Simon Twiselton will lead the choir and musicians in a performance of Handel’s Messiah, an ever-popular christmas piece last performed by the Society four years ago. Advance tickets are £13.50 for adults and £6 for children. Tickets are now on sale at netaticket.co.uk, by calling Netaticket on 01739 813899, and from Society members. They will also be available on the door at £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.

2018 Annual General Meeting

The 2018 AGM for Wincanton Choral Society was held on Monday 21nd May at 7.15pm. Minutes will be available to all members, including those who did not attend, in due course.

The committee members for the 2018-2019 year are:

Martin Turner – Chairman
Oliver Morison – Vice Chairman
George Keen – Treasurer
Paul Heyes – Secretary
Gareth Evans – Membership Secretary
Sarah Urquhart – Committee member
Jan Botterill – Committee member
Benedict Critchley – Committee member

Barbara Yoxall remains in her post as Librarian; after a minor change in the constitutional arrangements, it is no longer mandatory for the Librarian to also be a committee member.

2017-2018 Committee Members

The AGM for Wincanton Choral Society was held on Monday 22nd May at 7.15pm. Minutes will be available to all members, including those who did not attend, in due course.

The committee members for the 2017-2018 year are:

Martin Turner – Chairman
Oliver Morison – Vice Chairman
Karen Marett – Treasurer
Paul Heyes – Secretary
Barbara Yoxall – Librarian
Daisy Lacey – Membership Secretary
Sarah Urquhart – Committee member
Jan Botterill – Committee member
Benedict Critchley – Committee member