About the choir

Founded in 1933 under the late Norman Cutting, Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society draws its membership chiefly from the two towns as well as neighbouring towns and villages along the North Norfolk coast and inland. Over the decades we have enjoyed the musical direction of a variety of conductors all of whom have strived to maintain a high standard. The choir has performed a wide-ranging repertoire, mostly choral works but sometimes venturing into operatic and other genres including newly commissioned works. Further details of recent performances can be found on our Previous Concerts page. Many of our concerts are accompanied by an invited orchestra and we always use professional soloists.

Over recent years the choir has become closely involved in community activities and has worked with children's choirs. Such events include supporting the vocal group Blake alongside a choir from Beeston Hall School (2011); Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man (2011), Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (2012), Benjamin Britten's St Nicolas (2012) and Patrick Hawes' Eventide (2014) all with choirs from Gresham's School. Other community activities include involvement in the annual COAST Sheringham and Cromer Arts Festival and our annual Come and Sing event, open to all members of the community.

2014 saw the choir embarking on a remarkable collaboration with the composer Patrick Hawes having commissioned him to write a new major choral and orchestral work for adult and children's voices. Eventide (In Memoriam Edith Cavell) marked the centenary of the First World War with a premiere performance in Norwich Cathedral accompanied by English Chamber Orchestra with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and a student choir from Gresham's International Britten Music Course. The English Chamber Orchestra joined us again for a local performance of Eventide in Sheringham for a WW1 Centenary Remembrance Concert with Gresham's Prep School Chapel Choir. There were capacity audiences at both venues with the performances being hugely well received and gaining much media attention.

In November 2015 we were joined by the London Mozart Players, conducted by the brilliant young Harry Ogg, to perform local composer Richard Allain's Vespers Songs of the Sea to wide acclaim. May 2016 saw us combine forces with Norwich Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra and other choirs, including Kings Lynn Festival Chorus, to perform Gustav Mahler's stunning Eighth Symphony — the Symphony of 1000. An amazing experience performed to an audience of some 2000 at the Norfolk Showground. Under the direction of Harry Castle other concerts included works by Faure, Handel, Mozart and Britten — a wonderfully varied and exciting season.

The choir is open to singers of all voices and abilities without audition. We rehearse on Monday evenings in term time, 7pm-8.45pm, in the main hall at Sheringham High School, Holt Road, NR26 8ND.