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

Stunning Performance of Eventide in Sheringham
Wed 12 Nov 2014

"The choir were superb in performance....."

"the vocal projections and interpretations of baritone Tom Stoddart were so controlled...."

"Rosamund Walton's voice, pure and rich in tone, filled the church with its clarity with perfect intonation"

"Conductor Nathan Waring excelled in bringing out the best of the performers and presenting the full depth of Patrick Hawes intention..."

A packed church - the concert had been sold out for weeks - were spellbound by this emotional and moving evening as Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society joined forces with the English Chamber Orchestra and Gresham's Prep School Chapel choir for an amazing concert which, with a very Norfolk focus, commemorated one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War. The evening culminated with the local premiere of local composer Patrick Hawes' very special tribute to Norfolk's WW1 nursing heroine Eventide (In Memoriam Edith Cavell).

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Ambitious and moving tribute to Edith Cavell
Mon 16 Jul 2014

Extract from Review by Christopher Smith in today's Eastern Daily Press:

.......large choral and orchestral forces vigorously played their part in conveying strong emotions but the very famous last words were appropriately entrusted to the soprano soloist Elin Manahan Thomas. It was a sublime moment.

Click below to read the full review.

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Patrick Hawes at Forum for BBC World War 1 At Home
Wed 4 Jun 2014

On Saturday 31 May Patrick Hawes was on stage at the Forum in Norwich introducing his latest commission Eventide (In Memoriam Edith Cavell) which will receive its world premiere in Norwich Cathedral next month on Saturday 12 July.

This event was all part of the BBC WW1 at Home.

Don't delay - book today for the concert. There are currently just a few reserved tickets available in the main nave but we still have plently of unreserved seats in the side aisles at £10 each. These may have a limited view.

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

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.

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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

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Next concert

Spring Concert
John Stainer The Crucifixion
Giuseppi Verdi Stabat Mater
Anton Bruckner Locus Iste
Nathan Waring A Lenten Prayer
William Walton A Litany

Saturday 28 March 2015, 7.30pm
St Peters Parish Church, Sheringham
Paul Smy Tenor

Tom Stoddart Bass

Nathan Waring Conductor

Lawrence Tao Organ

Following on from our hugely succesful First World War Centenary concert (which featured Eventide  (In Memoriam Edith Cavell) which Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society especially commissioned from Patrick Hawes) we return to St Peter's Sheringham for our Spring concert with music especially relevant for Passiontide. We shall be singing works by two quite different 19th Century composers, one British, the other Italian.

John Stainer's much loved oratorio The Crucifixion subtitled 'A meditation on the sacred passion of the Holy Redeemer' is written for choir and organ. It was written for the choir of Marylebone Church and first performed on February 24 1887. It includes 5 hymns intended for audience participation.

Giuseppe Verdi's Stabat Mater  was composed in 1896-97 and now forms part of the Quattro pezzi sacri which were first performed on 7 April 1898 in the Grande Opera,Paris. The 4 pieces had been composed separately over the 20 years since Verdi 'retired' from composing after finishing his Requiem in 1874.

A Lenten Prayer has been composed especially for the choir by it's Musical Director, Nathan Waring, and draws on words written for Ash Wednesday.


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