The Wellingborough Singers was founded in 1980 and over its more than forty year history has performed many of the great choral works, as well as championing undiscovered masterpieces which have been unjustly neglected.
And we are delighted to say that we are back rehearsing for our next concert, which will take place on SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 2022 at 5:00pm! In this Christmas Matinée performance, alongside all your favourite carols for choir, orchestra, organ, soloists, and audience (!) we are delighted to be giving the first UK performance of two masterworks by women composers: The Ballad of the Brown King by Margaret Bonds and Peace on Earth by Amy Beach.
We have been performing in and for the community in Wellingborough for over forty years, stopping only for the Covid pandemic. We returned from that enforced silence in November 2021 with a Remembrance Sunday Covid-Memorial performance of two works for choir and orchestra by our old friend Dan Forrest, his Requiem for the Living, and in paradisum … And in March 2022 we gave our fortieth anniversary performance (delayed by one year, thanks to Covid!) of Purcell’s King Arthur (pictured below), the very same work the choir performed at its first major concert on 7 March 1981. We followed that to join Northampton Bach Choir in a Last Night of the Jubilee Proms performance, which attracted an audience of nearly nine hundred – live music is certainly back!
Under the baton of our newly-appointed Musical Director, Willard Welsford (who follows in the footsteps of his six predecessors) we enjoy performing a range of music from sacred to profane. Over the years we have been accompanied as appropriate by full orchestras, harps, brass ensembles, sleigh bells, and organs, as well as numerous talented soloists. We have sung at the Royal Albert Hall, at the Derngate in Northampton (most recently in June 2022), and at a number of venues in Wellingborough itself. 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.
In the intervening years we have performed works including: Berlioz Te Deum; Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem; Britten Saint Nicolas; Elgar The Dream of Gerontius; Fauré Requiem; Gluck Orpheus; Handel Alexander’s Feast, Judas Maccabæus and Samson; Haydn Harmonie messe, Missa in tempore belli, Nelson Mass and The Creation; Mendelssohn Elijah; Mozart Requiem; Purcell Te Deum and Jubilate; Ramírez Navidad nuestra; Rutter Requiem; Shearing Songs and Sonnets; Verdi Requiem; Vivaldi Gloria; and Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region.
During our most recent years, under the baton of Lee Dunleavy (MD 2017-22) we have tackled Forrest Jubilate Deo and Requiem for the Living, Handel Messiah and Zadok the Priest, Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai, Mahler Resurrection Symphony, Orff Carmina Burana, Puccini Messa di Gloria, and Sullivan Festival Te Deum. Our performance of the Forrest’s Jubilate Deo received a standing ovation from an audience of just over 250. For it the choir were joined by a children’s chorus, soloists, a small orchestra, organist, and some extraordinary solo instruments which included djembe, erhu, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and marimba!
You can keep up-to-date with our activities via our Facebook page – here is a link – and below you can watch a montage of historic photos of the choir, with a recording of part of our final rehearsal of Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo as the background music. And why not join us – see our Join Us page for more details!