Wellington Choral Society
Wellington Methodist Church
Waterloo Road, TA21 8JQ
Saturday 24 November 2018, 7.30pm
St John's Church, Wellington
'Remembrance - 100 Years'
Duruflé Requiem, plus a programme of readings, organ music and choral singing which will include Geraint Lewis The Souls of the Righteous, Ireland Greater love hath no man and Vaughan Williams Lord, thou hast been our refuge.
Sunday 2 December 2018
Wellesley Theatre, Wellington
'Christmas at the Wellesley'
Saturday 15 December 2018, 7pm
Wells Cathedral, Wells
'Sing for Somerset' Carol Service
HEADER PHOTO OF THE CHOIR: ROBIN MADDOCK
PATRON: ELIZABETH WATTS
Welcome to Wellington Choral Society. We’re a friendly choir with about 80 members, and in 2015 we celebrated our 75th anniversary, though our choral roots lie in the mid-19th century. We perform two concerts every year with professional soloists and orchestra, in late November and late March, usually in St John’s Church, Wellington. New members who have an enthusiasm for choral music and love singing are warmly welcomed for all sections. There are no auditions, but some sight reading ability is helpful.
We have finally been able to purchase our own staging, thanks in part to a generous grant from Wellington Town Council, and in March we performed Handel's Messiah in St John's Church to an almost full house, using the staging for the first time. The performance was attended by both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Wellington and their Consorts.
The Wellington Weekly News reported that "the Mayor, Cllr Gary James, told Wellington Town Council that the evening had been a 'spiritual extravaganza'. 'Even after 275 years Handel's Messiah still captivates audiences, especially with the Hallelujah Chorus,' Cllr James said. 'Everyone who took part in this wonderful event should be congratulated and the new staging at the church complemented the chorus's ability to give full visual and vocal effect to the audience.'
The new choral year has begun and with it the start of rehearsals at Wellington Methodist Church for our Concert of Remembrance which will take place at St John the Baptist Church, Wellington on Saturday 24 November. WCS will be honouring the memory of lives sacrificed and the wounded, both physically and mentally, over the past 100 years of human combat through poetry, organ music and choral singing. The concert will end with Maurice Duruflé's Requiem which is based on the old tradition of plainsong and is generally regarded as a masterpiece.
There will be a retiring collection for SSAFA Somerset, the Armed Forces Charity.