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IN THE GORGE - 08/09/2021

The choir has made the big decision to retrace its steps by returning to where it all began. We have returned to Cheddar are now rehearse in the magnificent setting of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church.

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A FOND FAREWELL - 01/07/2021

Our previous accompanist Alison Blundell was with us from 2013-2022. We were very grateful for all her years of support, accompaniment and musical expertise. During her time with us she often appeared as our guest conductor and stood in for a term as Musical Director in 2019.

We wish Alison all the best for the future.

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VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS? - 02/12/2020

We were so pleased to welcome Alis Huws, Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales who joined us online for our Christmas party. Throughout the evening Alis mesmerised us with her fluid and eloquent technique. What a treat!

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OUTDOOR SINGING DAY - 28/08/2020

Our voices have been silent for far too long, the sun has been shining and we have gone out to play. The choir organised an outdoor Come & Sing event at Shipham Village Hall with plenty of cakes, laughs and songs.

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MARIA DANISHVAR BROWN - 28/08/2020

Our voices have been silent for far too long, the sun has been shining and we have gone out to play. The choir organised an outdoor Come & Sing event at Shipham Village Hall with plenty of cakes, laughs and songs.

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MATTHEW TILLEY - 28/08/2020

Our voices have been silent for far too long, the sun has been shining and we have gone out to play. The choir organised an outdoor Come & Sing event at Shipham Village Hall with plenty of cakes, laughs and songs.

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CANDLELIGHT CONCERT - 30/11/2019

We were extremely pleased to welcome Alis Huws, the Royal Harpist to accompany us for Britten's A Cermony of Carols. The concert was a new venue for us in the beautiful setting of All Saints Church, Wrington.

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COME & SING - 27/05/2019

The Somerset Choral Society held a very successful Choral Workshop “Come and Sing Faure Requiem” on Saturday 27 April in St Mary’s Church, Wedmore. Fifty Singers from all over the local area registered and enjoyed an enjoyable day of choral singing led by Musical Director Ed Goater.

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GARDEN PARTY - 02/09/2018

On a beautiful sunny afternoon on Sunday 2nd September, the Somerset Choral Society celebrated the start of their new term with a Garden Party held at the home of two of the choir members, Roger and Celia Starr. In the lovely surroundings of the Starr’s garden, members were treated to “bubbly” and a traditional cream tea organised and prepared by Janet Leek and Gillian Ticehurst. A great time was had by all as people sat around the beautiful garden eating, drinking and enjoying entertainment that was provided by the Churchill Singers, a choir member Maurice Jackson’s rendition of “Albert and the Lion” and music from local singer/songwriter Winston Chubb. Members attending described it as a really enjoyable and relaxed afternoon social event.

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HANDEL'S MESSIAH - 24/03/2018

The walls of St Mary’s Church Wedmore were echoing last Saturday March 24th as the Somerset Choral Society held a “Come and Sing Messiah”. ore than 90 singers from North Somerset, Sedgemoor, Mendip and South Somerset gathered together for a workshop run by our Musical Director, Edward Goater. The choruses were accompanied on the organ played by Matthew Redman.

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CHRISTMAS SOCIAL - 13/12/2017

Our Post-Elijah Concert Christmas Social Party was held at 7:30pm in Shipham Village Hall on Wednesday 13th December. There was a “Bring & Share” or “Jacob’s Join” Supper as they say in Lancashire, with food and drink in profusion plus a raffle with good pre-Christmas prizes. Attendees let their hair down after the concert and got together for a good natter as you can see.

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OUR NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR - 05/01/2017

The Somerset Singers welcome Edward Goater as our new Musical Director as he trains us for his first concert with us and the Lochrian Ensemble in Rutter’s “Magnificat” and “The Sprig of Thyme” at St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells at 7:30pm on Saturday 13th May 2017.
Edward will also prepare the choir for our Autumn Concert which will be Mendelsohn’s “Elijah” at St Mary’s Church, Wedmore at 7:30pm on Saturday 9th December 2017. Once again we will be singing with the Lochrian Ensemble together with soloists: Emma Brain-Gabbot (Soprano); TBA (Soprano); Louise Mott (Contralto); Edward Grint (Bass); and Richard Rowntree (Tenor).

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A SEA SYMPHONY - 14/05/2016

Joined by the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra, we performed Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony in the grandeur of Wells Cathedral. The orchestra was led by Katie McConochie and joined by soloists - Ruth Holton and Robert Rice. 

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THE MUSIC TO PARADISE - 09/05/2015

Can there be anything more assured of enveloping one’s whole being with a sense of peace and contentment than spending an evening listening to three glorious pieces of choral music?

On Saturday 9th May at St Cuthbert’s Church Wells, Somerset Singers performed Faure Requiem, Cantique de Racine and Schubert Mass in G  with soloists Mary Walker (soprano), Jack Wilde (tenor) and Robert Clark (bass baritone) accompanied by the Lochrian Ensemble gave another of their outstanding performances.

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VERDI REQUIEM - 31/05/2014

Somerset Choral Society joined by the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra performed Verdi - Requiem in the majestic space of Wells Cathedral. The concert was conducted by Musical Director - Jonathan Vaughn with the soloists - Merryn Gamba, Susan Mackenzie-Park, James Edwards and Richard Wiegold.

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COME & SING - 04/09/2021

A great crowd of singers joined us for a fun and enthusiastic day of singing. We lifted the roof of Cheddar Catholic Church with the glorious sound of Vivaldi's Gloria. The excitement to be back singing with eachother filled the Church  as we were stunned by the glorious sunshine.

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OUT OF LOCKDOWN - 12/06/2021

With the limitation of restrictions, we have been unable to perform our usual spring concert and therefore held an outdoor performance of Come Ye Sons of Art by Purcell. We were joined by Dolce Singers, Soprano - Holly Morgan and Alto - Gabrielle Dawson  on this stunning Saturday in Wells. 

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DISTANCED OR TOGETHER? - 07/09/2020

We have made the decision to return indoors, complying with government guidance and ensuring safety is paramount we are meeting at Shipham Village Hall with a socially distanced selection of singers.

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ELAN CATRIN PARRY - 28/08/2020

Our voices have been silent for far too long, the sun has been shining and we have gone out to play. The choir organised an outdoor Come & Sing event at Shipham Village Hall with plenty of cakes, laughs and songs.

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JAMES SCHOUTEN - 28/08/2020

Our voices have been silent for far too long, the sun has been shining and we have gone out to play. The choir organised an outdoor Come & Sing event at Shipham Village Hall with plenty of cakes, laughs and songs.

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NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR - 08/01/2020

New futures and new horizons to come... We welcome our new Musical Director - Daniel Robert Cushing from Bath. Daniel begun with us this week and is enthused to bring the music alive through the Choral Society. Watch this space!

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ED'S LAST CONCERT- 11/05/2019

It has come to the time where we have to say good bye to Ed as he moves on to pastures new. At the end of the concert and as a token of the choir's appreciation of his service we presented him with gifts. All the best for the future Ed!

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IN THE PAPERS - 24/11/2018

On Saturday 24th November we performed a varied programme of Advent and Christmas music in St. Mary's Church, Wedmore. We were accompanied by local organist - Matthew Redman and were highly recognised in the local press.

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MOZART REQUIEM - 16/06/2018

Somerset Choral Society performed the Mozart Requiem and Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem in Wedmore Church on Saturday 16th June to an audience of about 120 people that were very appreciative of their performance. Andrew Kirk played the organ accompaniment brilliantly while Lucy Balderson’s effortless top notes were fabulous. The three enthusiastic young male soloists acquitted themselves very well and, in particular, the counter-tenor Finn Lacey demonstrated his remarkable voice with some remarkable trills.

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COMMEMORATE PRESIDENT - 10/02/2018

With great sadness, we wish to commemorate our Honorary President Raimund Herincx who left this world on 10th February aged 90. Raimund became our President in 1997 at the invitation of Brendan Ashe who was our Musical Director at that time and Raimund has remained so until the present; he sang with us in two concerts. The first was Carmina Burana on 28th November 1998 in St Mary’s Church, Wedmore when he sang “The Dying Swan Song” “Olim lacus colueram” in his falsetto range. The second occasion was our Millennium Concert on 29th April 2000 in Wells Cathedral when he sang the Bass solos in “Verdi’s Requiem”. Anyone that heard his bass voice entry “Requiem Aeternam” in the “Lux Aeterna” that day will know what power he had!

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ELIJAH - 09/12/2017

A large audience enjoyed the Somerset Singers production of Elijah on Saturday 9th December and went home with the music in their ears and full of praise for the overall performance. Alison Blundell in her first appearance as Guest Conductor brought out the best from the chorus and orchestra and enabled the five soloists to sing their solos in their own styles. She also had the pleasure of conducting her husband who sang in the bass chorus and her son George who sang the part of the Youth. Catherine Black led the Lochrian Ensemble from 1st violin to provide weight, sensitivity and power to the overture and major choruses while the 52 members of the Somerset Singers Chorus matched them with powerful, rich enthusiastic voices. The vocal fire definitely “descended from heaven” and in the earthquake the voices certainly “shook the earth” but, in still small voices, “Onward came the Lord”! The concert ended with the mighty “And then shall your light break forth” with the whole ensemble giving their all for the final “Amen”; in summary it was a powerful and memorable concert.

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MOZART REQUIEM - 10/12/2016

We had a spectacular event with our winter concert performance of Mozart Requiem with Jonathan Vaughn conducting us at St Cuthbert's Church, Wells. We were joined by soloists - Richard Rowntree, Mary Walker, Daniel Brown and Craig Bissex. We were accompanied by the excellence of the The Lochrian Ensemble.

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JUDAS MACCABAEUS - 28/11/2015

St Cuthbert's Church Wells echoed the wonderful of words of Handel's Judas Maccabaeus in our Winter Concert. This concert was accompanied by The Lochrian Ensemble, led by Catherine Black with soloists - Siona Stockel, Rachael Cox, Ruairi Bowen and Craig Bissex. Our Musical Director Jonatahan Vaughn prepared the choir extensively for what was a truly magnificent performance.

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CHRISTMAS ORATORIO - 13/12/2014

Have you ever thought, whilst watching a superb performance of a Shakespeare play,
how much the Bard would have enjoyed being in the audience? Or pondered how Beethoven might delight to hear a top modern orchestra playing one of his symphonies? Had J S Bach been sitting in St Cuthbert’s Church in Wells on Saturday evening, he would surely have been thrilled with the Somerset Singers’ performance of his Christmas Oratorio. Singing together with the Lochrian Ensemble and soloists Christina Birchall-Sampson (soprano), Daniel Brown (counter-tenor), Philip Pooley (tenor) and James Birchall (bass) it was a superb evening.

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