Welcome

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society was founded in 1933 and the choir currently has a membership of around 100. Our repertoire is quite varied but is made up mainly of large choral works by composers from the 17th through to the 21st century. The concerts performed in the last few years have ranged from Bach's Mass in B Minor to Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. In 2014 we commissioned celebrated composer Patrick Hawes to write Eventide (In Memoriam Edith Cavell) which we performed in Norwich Cathedral and Sheringham to commemorate the centenary of WW1. Each year the choir puts on three concerts and also runs a 'Come and Sing' event in the early autumn. We practice on Monday evenings in term time, 7-8.45pm, in the school hall at Sheringham High School. The choir welcomes singers of all voices and abilities without audition.

News and notices

Countdown to Concert
Mon 21 Nov 2016

The choir are really looking forward to a delightful concert in St Peter's Sheringham on Saturday 26 November at 7.30pm.

Our new Musical Director, David Ballard, writes:

"Rather than going with more obvious themes of Remembrance or Advent, our concert programme instead focuses on music that came out of the so-called English renaissance. The music varies between that written for voices and that written for string orchestra, with the Five Mystical Songs in the second half featuring the full array of musicians.

It is a delight to welcome the members of our invited orchestra, and I hope for more performances working with this talented group of musicians in the future. It is also a great joy to work with the outstanding baritone soloist Dhilan Gnanaduari as a conductor for the first time."

Rehearsals continue tonight and Friday evening and Saturday afternoon with the intention of creating a memorable evening of inspired english music for all to enjoy.

Get your tickets now priced £12 from the Sheringham Little Theatre box office 01263 822347 or online by clicking the button at the very bottom of this page.

Tickets may also be purchased on the door priced £15.

And remember all UNDER 18's GO FREE.

24 hour Piano Marathon
Sat 12 Nov 2016

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society has recently become a member of the newly formed Norfolk Music Library Friends. This group has been set up to to work alongside the Norfolk County Council Music Library Service which is currently under threat from continuing local authority cuts.

We are joining with other choirs, orchestras and music groups, together with our "umbrella" organisation Making Music,  in the hope of ensuring that we will continue to be able to borrow vocal scores and orchestral sets at reasonable cost via the Norfolk Music Library Service which is facing the possibility of closure. This is a vital service for us and many other music makers in the county.

The NMLF are actively looking into both practical and financial ways of supporting the Library Service to ensure that its continuation is viable. You can follow their endeavours on their web site  https://normuslibfriends.wordpress.com 

There is an exciting fund raising initiative taking place next weekend. A 24 hour Piano Marathon is being held at St Peter Mancroft church Norwich from noon on Friday 18 November until noon on Saturday 19 November 2016. We are pleased to announce that our very own Accompanist Anthony Gowing is planning to take part. At rehearsal last Monday Ant told us that St Peter Mancroft holds a special place in his heart, as it does for our Musical Director David Ballard - they both learned to play the organ there. 

Please join with us in sponsoring Anthony. Find a sponsorship form by clicking the button below. Cheques (payable to Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society) can be handed to any member of the choir in a sealed envelope clearly marked PIANO MARATHON or donations can be paid direct to the Society's bank account:

Co-operative Bank,  Account name: Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society

Sortcode:089299; Account Number: 65391385; Reference: PIANO MARATHON.

    NMLF Piano Marathon Sponsorship Form

Exciting July for Choral Society
Sat 6 Aug 2016

An exciting year for Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society concluded last week with a farewell party for Musical Director, Harry Castle. The choir gathered in St Peter’s Sheringham Parish Hall to present Harry with a card signed by all the members and a thankyou cheque. To the delight of all present Chairman, Bob Cumber, read a poem written in tribute to Harry by choir member Godfrey Goodman.

The previous Saturday saw a splendid Royal Gala concert in the Auden Theatre in honour of the 90th Birthday year of HM The Queen. The foyer was decorated with union flags for the occasion and there was much flag waving in the audience when the concert came to a conclusion with a resounding rendition of Benjamin Britten’s National Anthem following much enjoyed performances of popular works by Handel and Mozart – all with a royal theme – under the direction of Harry Castle.

 A few days earlier the Society were delighted to be presented by Norwich & Peterborough Building Society Sheringham with a cheque for £500 following their Charity Choices Campaign. Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society received the most public votes and we wish to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the trouble to visit N&P Sheringham and vote for us. The donation will enable us to stage another of our free Come & Sing events open to the whole community. This year we will meet at the Lighthouse Sheringham on Saturday 15 October from 10 am to 4.30 pm to learn choruses from Haydn’s Nelson Mass leading to an informal concert performance in St Peter’s Sheringham at approx. 5pm.

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Next concert

An Evening of French Reflective Music
Francis Poulenc Litanies a la Vierge Noire
Maurice Durufle Notre Pere
Maurice Durufle Requiem

Saturday 8 April 2017, 7.30 pm
Cromer Parish Church, Cromer
David Ballard Conductor

Anthony Gowing Organ

Charli Andrews Mezzo Soprano

Simon Mulligan Baritone

An evening of French reflective music by two of the 20th century's greatest, if not most revolutionary, composers.

Maurice Durufle's Requiem, largely  modelled on the titeled work by Gabriel Faure is based on the plain song tradition. It is a work of great emotion and features an ecstatic climax during the Sanctus which must rival anything in the choral repertoire. Durufle was fiercely protective of his music and burnt many manuscripts but his works in this concert are clearly from the pen of a master.

Francis Poulenc achieved a greater fame in his lifetime though his Litanies which open this concert are a deeply personal work composed in less than a week. This is the first piece of religious choral writing completed by Poulenc for three-part female voices and consists of a sequence of prayers to Mary. 

Tickets
Tickets £10 (£12 on the door) UNDER 18's FREE from Sheringham Little Theatre Box Office 01263 822347 or online at www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com 

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