Welcome

The choir, founded in 1980, meets when we are able to get together again on Thursday evenings (from 7.30pm to 9.30pm) during the autumn and spring school terms.  For the time being we are meeting on-line on Thursday evenings.

Under the baton of six different conductors, we have enjoyed performing a range of music from the sacred to the slightly profane, accompanied as appropriate by full orchestras, harps, brass ensembles, sleigh bells and organs, as well as numerous talented soloists.  Sometimes we return to favourites, but also enjoy expanding our repertoire with new works, or those less frequently performed that need to be rediscovered.  We enjoy singing before an audience, but rehearsals are great fun, too.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

On 24 September 1980 the Wellingborough Singers held its first rehearsal, and over the last forty years, through a succession of inspirational conductors, not least our fabulous founder, Stephen Ostler, we have gone from strength to strength.  

The photographs above and that below represent the forty years  that we have been making music together

We are so lucky to have been making music for all these years, and whilst the current pandemic has deprived us of an opportunity to meet in person to celebrate, our Musical Director has put together a little celebratory video, which we hope that you enjoy – simply click on this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ4r0wefEFw

We offer our sincere thanks to Stephen for his vision and guidance over so many years, and to all those who followed him, not least to Lee Dunleavy who has been a worthy successor to Stephen, and has directed us in five truly memorable performances in recent years. His media skills have been a great asset, too, as we have seen such wonderfully-sized audiences for our Christmas concerts at St Mary’s Church, and our summer concerts in the URC. Plus we’ve enjoyed additional concerts – one in Huntingdon giving us a repeat performance of the Puccini Messa di Gloria – and, of course, the astonishing Mahler Resurrection Symphony with the Northampton Bach Choir. But it was perhaps the two Summer concerts which have had the greatest impact – Orff’s Carmina Burana with all that percussion, the pianos, soloists, and narrator (which really brought it alive for my guests in the audience) – but we even managed to top that with Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo. Who would have imagined that we would be singing in Mandarin; we simply must sing it again sometimes!

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COVID 19 UPDATE

Wellingborough School has suspended all external bookings on its premises with immediate effect.  This means that we are unable to have physical rehearsals at the moment, and these will be suspended until further notice.

HOWEVER, the choir has been getting together on-line since Saturday 16 May, the date on which we should have been performing our Spring Concert, and continues using Zoom for on-line, virtual meetings

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Our last Concert

Our Christmas Concert was on Saturday 7th December at St Mary’s Church Wellingborough.  We sang the Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai,  Rutter Carols and All Bells in Paradise.  Also, the orchestra performed Haydn’s Toy Symphony complete with the usual rattle and whistle etc.

There were 277 in the audience, 61 in the choir, 11 in the orchestra, and 4 soloists. What a wonderful, wonderful evening.

Thank you so much to everyone at St Mary’s Church for hosting us, and to everyone who played their part!  We hope you have a merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in a Happy 2020!

Here are some photos for those who missed it, or would like to be reminded of a lovely evening.

    A Full House – left and right!

Lee and the choir

Lee and the Soloists

A couple of overhead views

Our Previous Concert

The concert was a resounding success with the choir, soloists, orchestra, specialist instrumentalists and especially Director of Music and conductor, Lee Dunleavy, fully deserving the standing ovation at the end of Jubilate Deo.  This may have been the UK premiere of this new piece by Dan Forrest, who sent the message below on Facebook.

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Who can join?

Anyone who wishes to sing can join the choir.  There is no audition when you join: just come along to any of the first three rehearsals (free) to see how you get on.

Where?

We meet for rehearsals on Thursday evenings in the Wellingborough School Pre-Preparatory Hall.  These will be on line until social-distancing is removed

When do we start?

TBA – Depending on the Corona Virus situation

If you are thinking of joining a choir, why not come along  and see what its like or, if you would like to join us anyway, here is a link to the membership application form as a Word document 2019-2020 Membership form, or if you would rather use a PDF here’s the link 2019-2020 Membership form.

What does it cost?

At present, our membership fee is around £80 for the year, which works out at less than £4 for an evening of singing and friendship.

If you have not reached your 30th birthday, you may join us for free.

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If you would to know more here is a link to our Facebook page