Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society was founded in 1933 and is currently directed by David Ballard and accompanied by Philip Adams. In recent years the choir has worked with both the English Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players, has commissioned work by Patrick Hawes and Richard Allain and taken a key role in important community events including significant concerts to commemorate the centenary of the beginning and ending of World War One in 2014 and 2018. Our repertoire is quite varied including many of the larger choral works by composers from the 17th through to the 21st century as well as occasional smaller or lesser known pieces. Each year the choir performs three concerts in local venues and also runs a 'Come and Sing' event in the early autumn. We practise on Monday evenings in term time, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm, at St Andrew's Methodist Church, Cromer Road, Sheringham. The choir welcomes singers of all voices and abilities without audition.
News and notices
April concert cancelled
Sun 15 Mar 2020
We are very sorry to have to announce that, sadly, our next concert scheduled for Saturday 25 April in St Peter’s Church Sheringham has been cancelled due to concerns regarding the ongoing corona virus covid-19 situation. Chairman Jo Hurrell says “ The health and well-being of our members and audience is our top priority. Rehearsals have been cancelled until further notice “.
Fundraising Events - Open Garden and Raffle
Sun 01 Mar 2020
Chestnut Farm West Beckham
The Open Garden Event at Chestnut Farm West Beckham on Sunday 1 March was a great success. Notwithstanding a chilly breeze we enjoyed a fine sunny day and welcomed more than 200 visitors. Very many thanks to the kindness of John and Judy Mcneil-Wilson who opened their beautiful garden as part of the National Garden Scheme. All proceeds from light refreshment sales and other fund-raising activities on the day were donated to Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society.
Visitors to the garden enjoyed Spring bulbs including snowdrops, anemones and crocus as well as plants on sale from local nurseries and the delicious refreshments were much appreciated. Members of the choir helped staff the gate and refreshment area.
At the end of the day our Spring Raffle was drawn. All prizes have been claimed with the exception of Ticket 0716 (5th prize) - this prize should be claimed by 31st March 2020 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to National Gardens Scheme website
In Tune with Heaven
Charles Hubert Parry Blest Pair of Sirens
Zoltán Kodály Missa Brevis
Sir Edward Elgar Te Deum
Saturday 25 April 2020, 7.00pm
St Peters Parish Church, Sheringham
DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS COVID-19 SITUATION THIS CONCERT WILL NOT NOW TAKE PLACE
David Ballard, conductor
Philip Adams, organist
This concert includes works by two of the great composers whose lives spanned the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. Blest Pair of Sirens is a short choral work by the Charles Hubert Parry, setting John Milton's Ode at a solemn Musick. It was first performed at St James's Hall, London on 17 May 1887, conducted by its dedicatee, Charles Villiers Stanford. Edward Elgar was commissioned to compose this setting of the Te Deum in 1897 for that year's Three Choirs Festival in Hereford. Set in english the title comes from its opening words in Latin, “Te Deum Laudamus” (“O God we praise you”).
Also in this programme is the Missa Brevis composed some 50 years later by the Hungarian Zoltán Kodály. Kodály remained in Hungary during the Nazi occupation. After the war he became one of the leading figures in the development of music education in Europe. In common with a number of early 20th century composers, much of his music is based on national folksongs and dances. Early in 1945 Red Army troops finally overcame the German forces who had been occupying the city of Budapest. The surviving civilian population emerged from where they had been sheltering during the seven weeks of non-stop bombing, to find large parts of the city destroyed. Kodály was caught up in this carnage, taking refuge in the cellar of the Budapest Opera House where, somewhat improbably, the Missa Brevis was composed. It was not an entirely new piece, but a re-working of the composer’s purely instrumental Organ Mass of 1942. First performed in the cloakroom of the Opera House, it later received its official première at the 1948 Three Choirs Festival in Worcester.
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