Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society was founded in 1933 and is currently directed by David Ballard and accompanied by Philip Adams. In recent years the choir has worked with both the English Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players, has commissioned work by Patrick Hawes and Richard Allain and taken a key role in important community events including significant concerts to commemorate the centenary of the beginning and ending of World War One in 2014 and 2018. Our repertoire is quite varied including many of the larger choral works by composers from the 17th through to the 21st century as well as occasional smaller or lesser known pieces. Each year the choir performs three concerts in local venues and also runs a 'Come and Sing' event in the early autumn. We practise on Monday evenings in term time, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm, at St Andrew's Methodist Church, Cromer Road, Sheringham. The choir welcomes singers of all voices and abilities without audition.
News and notices
Reheasals begin for next concert
Sat 4 Jan 2020
A new year, a new decade and a new concert to prepare. Come and join us on Monday 6 January at 7 pm in St Andrew's Methodist Church Sheringham as rehearsals get under way. We will be singing some great music by Parry, Elgar and Kodály.
St Peter's Church Sheringham full for East Anglian Premiere
Mon 25 Nov 2019
There was a full church in St Peter's Sheringham on Saturday 23 November for the Choral Society's celebration of Songs Ancient and Modern. The performance began with a joyous rendering of Haydn's Insanae et Vanae Curae followed by a beautiful presentation of Mozart's Mass in Bb during which all four soloists (Zaira Palumbo, Graham Northwood, Simon Mulligan and Andrew Weeks) brought the music to life. In particular soprano Zaira Palumbo's beautiful clear and effortless voice enchanted the audience. The unaccompanied Mozart Ave Verum Corpus sung from memory by the choir concludried the first half and was greatly appreciated by the enthusiastic audience.
The recently composed Requiem by Matthew Coleridge was particularly well received by the audience who were delighted by the fine cello playing of Debbie Whomes in this and Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine which preced it.
Throughout the concert musical director David Ballard's conducting was firm and assured and the organ accompaniment of Philip Adams was superb. Rachmaninov's splendid Bogoroditsye Dyevo brought the performance to a fitting conclusion.
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In Tune with Heaven
Charles Hubert Parry Blest Pair of Sirens
Zoltán Kodály Missa Brevis
Sir Edward Elgar Te Deum
Saturday 25 April 2020, 7.00pm
St Peters Parish Church, Sheringham
David Ballard, conductor
Philip Adams, organist
This concert includes works by two of the great composers whose lives spanned the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. Blest Pair of Sirens is a short choral work by the Charles Hubert Parry, setting John Milton's Ode at a solemn Musick. It was first performed at St James's Hall, London on 17 May 1887, conducted by its dedicatee, Charles Villiers Stanford. Edward Elgar was commissioned to compose this setting of the Te Deum in 1897 for that year's Three Choirs Festival in Hereford. Set in english the title comes from its opening words in Latin, “Te Deum Laudamus” (“O God we praise you”).
Also in this programme is the Missa Brevis composed some 50 years later by the Hungarian Zoltán Kodály. Kodály remained in Hungary during the Nazi occupation. After the war he became one of the leading figures in the development of music education in Europe. In common with a number of early 20th century composers, much of his music is based on national folksongs and dances. Early in 1945 Red Army troops finally overcame the German forces who had been occupying the city of Budapest. The surviving civilian population emerged from where they had been sheltering during the seven weeks of non-stop bombing, to find large parts of the city destroyed. Kodály was caught up in this carnage, taking refuge in the cellar of the Budapest Opera House where, somewhat improbably, the Missa Brevis was composed. It was not an entirely new piece, but a re-working of the composer’s purely instrumental Organ Mass of 1942. First performed in the cloakroom of the Opera House, it later received its official première at the 1948 Three Choirs Festival in Worcester.
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