The choir, founded in 1980, meets on Thursday evenings (from 7.30pm to 9.30pm) during the autumn and spring school terms.
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.
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 it is likely that these rehearsals will be suspended until further notice.
HOWEVER, the choir will be getting together on-line with the first session scheduled for Saturday 16 may, the date on which we should have been performing our Spring Concert
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.
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.
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.