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

Sat 29 Mar 2014

Thanks to the generosity of the North Norfolk District Council Big Society Fund and Ernest Cooke Trust we are able to offer FREE TICKETS to Norfolk school children - a fabulous opportunity to enjoy a masterclass with PATRICK HAWES the internationally renowned composer and Princes' Ambassador for Children and the Arts. Mr Hawes latest album Angel is currently riding high in the classical music charts. Download full information and a BOOKING FORM below


First Rehearsal with Composer
Sat 29 Mar 2014

This week Patrick Hawes joined us to rehearse Eventide - the very first time he had heard it sung! So inspiring - he said "Never before have I been so moved by my own writing". Slightly daunting for us as he was closely followed by BBC Look East camera in preparation for a piece which will be broadcast later in the year.

Read all about it in the EDP News Report

    EDP24 News Report

Patrick Hawes Interview in Church Times
Fri 21 Mar 2014

This week's Back Page Interview in the Church Times is with Patrick Hawes. He talks about many things including his latest album Angel and the premiere of his latest work Eventide (In Memoriam Edith Cavell) commissioned by Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society and to be premiered in Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 12 July with English Chamber Orchestra and Elin Manahan Thomas.

    read the article

Eventide (In Memoriam Edith Cavell)
Thr 21 Nov 2013

L-R Nathan Waring, Patrick Hawes, Andy Berry, Sylvia Levete, Bob Cumber
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.

    Diary Page

Target for Hawes Commission Project reached
Mon 21 Oct 2013

Nathan Waring, Patrick Hawes, Bob Cumber, Lawrence Tao SCCS rehearsal
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

Gresham's Foundation

Foyle Foundation

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.

    read full press release

WW1 Centenary Commemoration
Fri 2 Aug 2013

Edith Cavell
Edith Cavell

100 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

    Read press release

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Next concert

Patrick Hawes Workshop
A composer's insight into setting words to music

Saturday 17 May 2014, 11.00 am to 4.00pm
Auden Theatre, Holt
 A section of tickets will be reserved for students from local schools - for further information please contact info@sheringhamandcromerchoral.co.uk 
Click Group Booking Information below to view the detailed Programme for the Day

Internationally acclaimed  composer, Patrick Hawes will be sharing the creative processes involved in writing an exciting new composition and talking generally about the relationship between words and music. Patrick, who is a former Classic FM Composer-in-Residence, is best known for composing the Highgrove Suite for HRH The Prince of Wales and is also an Ambassador for the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.

Central to the day's activity will be his latest work Eventide (In Memoriam Edith Cavell).This is a substantial piece for adult and children's choir and chamber orchestra based on the life of Norfolk's First World War heroine, nurse Edith Cavell. 

This workshop is open to all ages (under 18's go FREE) and to singers and non-singers alike. For those who wish there will be the opportunity to work with the composer as he rehearses sections of this exciting new work with the assembled singers (no auditions necessary).

There will be opportunities to ask questions and find out more about the libretto which is based upon the life and faith of Edith Cavell and uses extracts from her personal copy of Thomas a Kempis Of the Imitation of Christ,her last letter to "my nurses" and first hand accounts of he final days. Edith Cavell was executed in Belgium in 1915 for the part she played in helping hundreds of allied troops escape from occupied Belgium.

Commissioned by Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society the work will be premiered with the English Chamber Orchestra on 12 July 2014 in Norwich Cathedral, where Edith Cavell is buried - and still much remembered - and in a Remembrance Concert in St Peter's Sheringham on 8 November 2014.


£20 (under 18's FREE)

Early Booking Discount £15 available until Friday 25 April 2014

from Auden Theatre Box Office 01263 713444 or email boxoffice@greshams.com 

Group bookings available to choirs - buy 10 tickets get one free - CLICK below for details



Group Booking Information including Programme for the Day

Patrick Hawes
Patrick Hawes

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