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, 7-9pm, in the
school hall at Sheringham High School. The choir welcomes singers of all voices and abilities without audition.
News and notices
Accompanist David Ballard hitting right notes all his life
Thurs 14 Jan 2016
We are delighted that our Assistant Director of Music and Accompanist David Ballard has been featured in full page articles in the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and North Norfolk News.
Reporter, Hayley Johnston says "He may only be in his mid-20s, but David has made the most of his musical talent and taken all opportunities in his stride".
Speaking about accompanying the London Mozart Players for our last concert in November he says it "was scary but exciting. I dont get nervous any more; when you start being in a choir from a young age you get used to performing in front of people each week."
Mahler 8 Rehearsals
Sun 10 Jan 2016
Rehearsals start again on Monday 11 January at 7pm in Sheringham High School. We look forward to our first rehearsal with our newly appointed Musical Director, Harry Castle.
We continue to prepare for our performance of Mahler 8, Symphony of a Thousand, when we combine forces with Norwich Philharmonic and other choirs and orchestras for an exciting performance at the Norwich Showground in May.
New Musical Director Appointed
Thr 17 Dec 2015
Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society are pleased to announce that Harry Castle has been appointed as our new Musical Director. Recently graduated from Durham University Harry is now a music teacher at Norwich School.
Vespers Concert was superb experience
Fri 4 Dec 2015
SCCS with London Mozart Players in concert Cromer Church with conductor Harry Ogg
Last Saturday's concert with the London Mozart Players in Cromer Parish Church was tremendously well received by a 300 strong audience. Here is the Review submitted to North Norfolk News by Terry Keeler :
The Orchestras Live initiative concluded its 2015 North Norfolk series by presenting the London Mozart Players, supported by the Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society conducted by Harry Ogg, a gifted young musician and already in great demand.
Opening piece Hubert Parry’s I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me immediately set the scene in anticipation of what was to come. From the start, under the vibrant interpretation of Ogg, certainly did this treasured work justice in performance.
Shaker Loops by American composer John Adams was presented here in its full arrangement for string orchestra. This breath-taking performance involving seven sections of the orchestra where each section had fragments of diverse melodies which interrupted the constant shaking of the notes, almost trill technique now and then with a change of key which resulted, along with many tone gradations and instant dynamic changes in an almost frenetic and exciting experience – truly an emotional journey.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis was string playing at its best, involving two short solo pieces by violin and viola, was so enchanting, emotional and truly English.
Richard Allain’s Vespers Songs of the Sea, the main work of this concert, a composition in nine short movements based on poems about the Sea and hymns and psalms within the service of the monastic day. In all this was a wonderful and emotional work - expressively performed by the choir, the soloists and orchestra- under the baton of Harry Ogg whose controlled discipline has shaped the choir to a higher standard of performance.
The soloists excelled in interpretations of their parts and the London Mozart Players, I am sure, left a lasting impression on the large audience for their professional expertise.
Gabriel Faure Requiem
Gabriel Faure Cantique de Jean Racine
Geoffrey Burgon Nunc Dimittis
Saturday 12 March 2016, 7.00pm
St Peters Parish Church, Sheringham
Harry Castle Musical Director
David Ballard Organist
This "extra" concert has been added to our 2015-2016 programme so that we can introduce our new MD, Harry Castle. He is not entirely new to the Society - we were delighted that he was able to join us as a counter-tenor /alto for our last concert when we sang Richard Allain's Vespers Songs of the Sea. The fact that he works alongside Richard at Norwich School music department may have had something to do with it!
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