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.
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Join us to Sing North Norfolk!
Mon 9 Sep 2019
Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society are delighted to announce that, having received a generous grant from the North Norfolk District Council Arts & Culture Fund, our Sing North Norfolk! campaign is up and running. The aim of the project is to encourage as many local people as possible to discover the benefits of singing in a choir. To this end we have organised a free Come & Sing event in Sheringham on Saturday 12 October and a number of “open rehearsals” in future months so that people of any age or singing experience can come along and give singing a try. It is a well-known fact that singing has huge health benefits – both physically and mentally – as well as being tremendously enjoyable. The choir, which has a reputation for being friendly and inclusive, is particularly keen to get younger people involved and offers free membership to school children over the age of 16.
Rehearsals have just begun for our November concert. There is already lots of interest from people wanting to come along to sing wonderful choral music. Now is the time to come and join us with the opportunity to perform the East Anglian premiere of an exciting new work Requiem by Matthew Coleridge.
Come along at 7pm to St Andrews Methodist Church Sheringham to meet this friendly, fun and hard working choir - you will be most welcome.
Songs Ancient & Modern
Matthew Coleridge Requiem - East Anglian Premiere
Joseph Haydn Insanae et Vanae Curae
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Missa Brevis in Bflat K.275
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ave Verum Corpus
Gabriel Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
Saturday 23 November 2019, 7.00pm
St Peters Parish Church, Sheringham
Zaira Palumbo - soprano
Graham Northwood - alto
Simon Mulligan - tenor
Andrew Weeks - bass
Our 2019-20 season begins with a lovely blend of old and new music including popular works by Mozart, Haydn and Fauré.
Our programme also includes the East Anglian premiere of an exciting new Requiem by Dorset composer, Matthew Coleridge. This is what he has to say about it:
"Requiem is my first major composition and most frequently performed work. Far from being inspired by, or in memory of, a lost loved one, I wrote the majority of it in the months following the birth of my son. I hope this brings an optimistic, affirming and uplifting mood to the music. I was determined to avoid any cliches of angelic harps or fires of hell, and chose to take a more human and earthly approach - something more akin to the Requiems of the middle ages and Renaissance. Much of the writing is in the manner of Gregorian chant, with numerous melodic ‘threads’ woven together into a rich tapestry of sound. The solo cello became a vital part of the music from some of the earliest drafts, providing a counterpoint of light against dark. Whenever the choir are singing about loss or sorrow, the cello sings a song of hope and comfort."
The late Sir Neville Mariner said of the work "a valuable addition to 21st century choral repertoire".
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