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Preparations well advanced for exciting concert
Sat 24 Feb 2018

Rehearsals are now well under way for our exciting Lux concert on Saturday 28 April when we shall be performing choral music on the theme of light.

Musical Director, David Ballard says "This might just be the project I’ve worked on as a musician that I’m most excited about. I don’t care if you like choral music or not - you need to come and listen. Great contemporary music, great soloists, and a choir who want to show you they love it. Be there."

David's enthusiasm is infectious and no wonder when you consider that the concert will feature a major work by Howard Goodall CBE who will be familar to many as the presenter of many television programmes with a musical theme and as the prodigious composer of musicals, choral music and a multitude of television theme music such as Blackadder, Mr Bean and, possibly, most popular The Vicar of Dibley.

Eternal Light: A Requiem was originally commissioned by Rambert Dance Company as a choral-orchestral-dance piece and has quickly earned a firm place in the choral repertoire.

Also on the programme are works by the widely performed American composer Morten Lauridsen, the Norwegian Ola Gjeilo and the Devon-based composer of sacred music Graham Keitch whose works are rapidly becoming popular and frequently performed by choirs and in cathedrals around the world.

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New Singers join us for New Year Open Rehearsal
Tue 16 Jan 2018

Great to have a number of new singers join us for our open rehearsal on 15 January. Still time to join us on a Monday night to sing great 21st century music by Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Howard Goodall and Graham Keitch. We meet at  Sheringham High School from 7.00 - 8.45 pm. Currently working on ‘Eternal Light’ by Howard Goodall, writer of the theme music for BBC TV’s The Vicar of Dibley and producer of many music documentaries.  

There are no auditions for this Society.  An ability to read music is an advantage, but not essential.  Please contact 01263 711087, email info@sheringhamandcromerchoral.co.uk or just come along on the night.  You will be warmly welcomed.

Joint Concert with North Norfolk Sinfonia a great success
Wed 29 Nov 2017

Final Rehearsal
Final Rehearsal

The audience are in!
The audience are in!

About to begin!
About to begin!

Thank you for conducting another amazing concert - much fun had by all....................

Fantastic concert - thank you David and everyone!......................

Well done - a terrific concert...................................

These are just a few of the comments from members of the choir after the concert which was presented to a large and appreciative audience who, at times, were spellbound by the beautiful and emotional singing of the fabulous soprano soloist Lisa Cassidy who was beautifully supported by both Willian Falconer, tenor and Charli Andrews, mezzo-soprano. All three complemented each other particularly during the duets. David Ballard never lost concentration or control of the large forces during a long and demanding performance which brought out the best of both choir and orchestra. A great collaboration which enabled us to perform Mendelssohn's demanding Symphony No 2 here in north Norfolk - a first, perhaps?

Coloratura soprano Lisa Cassidy to perform with choir
Fri 27 Oct 2017

Lisa Cassidy
Lisa Cassidy

North Norfolk Sinfonia
North Norfolk Sinfonia

Preparations are now well advanced for Sheringham and Cromer Choral's next concert when we join forces with North Norfolk Sinfonia (leader Keith Hobday) to perform Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No 2 (Lobgesang) Hymn of Praise. This is a slightly unusual choral work in that the first movement is entirely orchestral which allows our friends in the orchestra to "have their heads" before the choir joins in. We are delighted to welcome three fine soloists: the renowned coloratura soprano Lisa Cassidy, tenor William Falconer and mezzo-soprano Charli Andrews. 

The work will be sung in english alongside two other beautiful songs of praise - Regina Coeli by Mozart and Te Deum in C by Haydn. 

Tickets available now from Sheringham Little Theatre Box Office 01263 822347 - to buy online click the button below.

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Come & Sing Mozart Requiem "staggering success"
Mon 16 Oct 2017

More than a hundred classical music fans turned out to a "come and sing" workshop culminating in a concert at St Peter's Church, Sheringham, at the weekend.

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Come & Sing Mozart Requiem
Wed 6 Sep 2017

New Season gets underway Monday 11 September
Wed 6 Sep 2017

Following on from a highly successful first season with our musical director David Ballard we launch quickly into an action-packed programme for 2017 -18. We are delighted to be joined by Philip Adams as our new Accompanist. Welcome Philip!

As usual we commence the year with our Annual General Meeting on Monday 11 September at 7.15 pm in Sheringham High School. Whilst there is business to be dealt with this evening also provides the opportunity for Members to catch up after the summer break over a glass of wine and nibbles. So more a fun evening than a boring AGM!!

The following Monday evening 18 September rehearsals get underway with 3 key pieces to be learned for our November concert: Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise (Lobgesang), Mozart Regina Coeli and Haydn Te Deum in C - a feast of praise songs and much of it new to many of us! 

New members will be most welcome - just come along to Sheringham High (main hall) on 18 September - you are welcome to "try us out" for a week or two before committing to join. Subscription is £90 per year (which works out at less than £2.50 per rehearsal) plus a one-off returnable music deposit of £20 to borrow vocal scores. 

Our first event of the season will be a glorious all-day Come & Sing Mozart Requiem on 14 October in Sheringham - a free event open to singers of all abilities - scroll down for full details.

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A splendid concert
Sun 16 Jul 2017

On Saturday 15 July the choir performed Haydn's The Seasons at the Auden Theatre under the capable direction of David Ballard. Whilst a long and demanding piece it was tremendously enjoyable to perform. Our efforts were greatly enhanced with the support of a wonderful and highly capable orchestra led by Keith Hobday and the all important continuo playing of our rehearsal accompanist Anthony Gowing. The icing on the cake came from an outstanding team of soloists - Zaira Palumbo, Lawrence Thackeray and Tom Appleton - each of whom excelled in their roles and told the story brilliantly not only through their beautifully assured vocals but hugely enhanced by their expressive presentation. This was so important for this work which stands somewhat on its own being neither really an oratorio nor an opera but falling somewhere in between. The detailed libretto tells the story of a journey in time through each of the four seasons - sometimes dramatic - often witty - but always keenly portrayed by Haydn's exquisite orchestration.  

Shown are a few images from the concert rehearsals.

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