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. 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, 7:15 - 8:45, in the school hall at Sheringham High School. The choir welcomes singers of all
voices and abilities without audition. 2014 will be a rather different year for us as we embark on our exciting WW1 commemoration commission project.
During the year we will be working closely with the composer Patrick Hawes who is writing a new major choral work for us which we will sing in Norwich
Cathedral in July 2014 and St Peter's Church Sheringham in November 2014.
News and notices
Eventide (In Memoriam Edith Cavell)
Thr 21 Nov 2013
L-R Nathan Waring, Patrick Hawes, Andy Berry, Sylvia Levete, Bob Cumber
Today composer Patrick Hawes and his brother (the librettist Rev Andrew Hawes) have named the new work commissioned by Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One in 2014. The title of the work will be Eventide (In Memoriam Edith Cavell). Preparations are now well advanced for the Workshop on 17 May 2014 and the two concert performances later in the year: world premiere 12 July in Norwich Cathedral and local premiere 8 November in St Peter's Sheringham. Go to the Diary page for full details.
Target for Hawes Commission Project reached
Mon 21 Oct 2013
Nathan Waring, Patrick Hawes, Bob Cumber, Lawrence Tao SCCS rehearsal
We are delighted to announce that, thanks to a generous grant of £10,450 from the North Norfolk Big Society Fund our First World War Centenary Commemoration project is now fully funded.
We are very pleased to acknowledge the support of:
Arts Council England
North Norfolk District Council Big Society Fund
Ernest Cook Trust
John Jarrold Trust
Geoffrey Watling charity
Norfolk County Council
Patrick Hawes recently visited the choir during a rehearsal. He is now well advanced with the composition process and explained that the work will contain extracts from Edith's final letter to "her nurses" and from sacred texts that she knew in depth as well as first hand accounts of her final days.
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WW1 Centenary Commemoration
Fri 2 Aug 2013
99 years ago Europe was in turmoil. On 28 June 1914 Gavrilo Princip had assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand. A few weeks later on 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany: World War One, the Great War, had started.
Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society will mark the Centenary next year by performing a specially commissioned major new work in Norwich Cathedral on 12 July 2014. The new work is being written by acclaimed composer Patrick Hawes and will celebrate the life and work of Norfolk's very own WW1 heroine, nurse Edith Cavell who was executed in Belgium 1915 having helped hundreds of allied troops to escape.
The choir will be joined by music students from the international Britten Music Course at Gresham's as well as renowned soprano soloist Elin Manahan Thomas and the English Chamber Orchestra.
There will also be a local premiere performance at a Remembrance concert in St Peter's Church Sheringham on Saturday 8 November 2014 as well as plans to perform the work again in October 2015 to commemorate the centenary of Edith Cavell's death.
See full press release for all the details
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Patrick Hawes Commission Project moves forward
Tue 09 Jul 2013
Further funding has been received for the Patrick Hawes Commission project. Grants have recently been received form the Gresham's Foundation, John Jarrold Trust, Geoffrey Watling charity, North Norfolk District Council and Norfolk County Council. We still have further monies to raise but are hopeful that these weill be forthcoming from a number of grant applications currently pending.
Agreement has now been reached with Hawes' publisher, Novello, for them to publish the completed work.
Recently Patrick Hawes visited the choir during a rehearsal to talk about his plans. He will begin composing shortly and will continue to meet with the choir over the coming months to share progress and "try out" some of the music.
Read our latest press release for full details
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Arts Council Funding for Patrick Hawes Commission
Fri 1 Mar 2013
Patrick Hawes with (L-R) Bob Cumber (Chairman), Sylvia Levete (Concert Manager), Nathan Waring (Musical Director)
We are delighted to announce that the Society has been awarded a grant of £31,110 by Arts Council England towards the cost of commissioning and performing a major new choral work from the renowned composer, Patrick Hawes who lives nearby in north Norfolk. The new work will receive its premiere in Norwich Cathedral in July 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. The composition will celebrate the courage and faith of Edith Cavell the Norfolk nurse who was executed in Belgium in 1915 and who is buried - and still much remembered - in Norwich Cathedral.
The performers at the premiere will include the celebrated soprano, Elin Manahan Thomas, the English Chamber Orchestra and a children's choir from students attending the international Britten Music Course at Gresham's. There will also be a special performance in St Peter's Church Sheringham on Remembrance weekend 2014. We will be liaising closely with local veterans groups and other groups to ensure that this is a significant occasion.
The Choral Society are now seeking additional grants and sponsorships to ensure the success of the project.
For full details see related Press Release - click below
To visit Patrick Hawes web site www.patrickhawes.com click on Links
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem
Johann Sebastian Bach Sleepers, Wake!, from Cantata No 140, 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme' BWV 140
John Rutter Sans Day Carol
Audience Carol Of the Father's Heart Begotten
Audience Carol God rest you merry, gentlemen
Saturday 14 December 2013, 7.30pm
Cromer Parish Church, Cromer
Jayne May-Sysum Soprano
Freya Jacklin Alto
Paul Smy Tenor
Andrew Weeks Bass
Nathan Waring Musical Director
SCCS chamber orchestra
Mozart left his stunning Requiem unfinished when he died in 1791. It was completed by Franz Xaver Sussmayer and remains a significant piece in the choral music repertoire.
The programme will include appropriate seasonal music.
Tickets £12 in advance from Sheringham Little Theatre Box Office 01263 822317 and K Hardware Cromer
£15 on the door
Under 18's free
Concert Diary link
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