Tickets now available for the WCS Christmas Concert 2021

Wincanton Parish Church (nearest Postcode BA9 9AF)

Saturday 4th December, from 5.00pm to 6.00pm

(Subject to COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS)

We very much hope to see you at our afternoon Christmas Concert on Saturday 4th December at our new venue – the Wincanton Parish Church, Church St. BA9 9AF.

The main work in our short concert will be excerpts from Haydn’s The Seasons, sung in English: Joyful the Liquor Flows, the finale of Autumn; No.40 Let the Wheel move gaily, No.42 A wealthy lord who long had lov’d (both from Winter) and No.46 Then comes the dawn, the final stirring chorus, with a fugue, of Winter.

Festive numbers include O Holy Night (arranged by Adolphe Adam), Somerset Carol (‘traditional’ but harmonised), Gloucestershire Wassail (arranged marvellously by Vaughan Williams), plus other gorgeous carols, lullabies etc.

We hope the new venue and time will enable you to take in the Wincanton Lantern Parade and possibly a cafe or shop in Wincanton High Street, as many are open on Saturday afternoons. The concert will involve less effort on your part than dedicating a whole evening to the concert AND you should find something projected in bright lights on the exterior of the church as part of the Wincanton Town Festival  (https://www.facebook.com/WincantonTownFestival/) that will be happening every Saturday 5-9pm from 27th November to 18th December.

TICKETS

Price: £5.00 and £2.50 for under-18s

Tickets are available on the door or from https://ticketsource.co.uk/wincanton-choral-society

Transition to Charitable Incorporated Organisation – Online Q & A Video Meeting

We are holding a Question and Answer session for our proposed transition to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation for members in an Online Video meeting on 26/11/21.  This is aimed at allowing members to put forward any questions to members of the committee they may have about the proposed transition to a CIO. Start time is 6.30pm prompt with an expected duration of 30 minutes.  Members Only event.

For joining details, please refer to the WCS Email sent out to members on 23rd November 2021.

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