WELLINGBOROUGH SINGERS

The Wellingborough Singers was founded in 1980 and over its more than forty year history has performed many of the great choral works.

And we are delighted to say that WE ARE BACK rehearsing for our next concert which will be given on 14 November 2021 – Remembrance Sunday – at 5:00pm. For a year-and-a-half the pandemic diverted us to Zoom, where we sang music by composers including Corelli, Howells, Leonarda, Sullivan, and Vivaldi. We returned on Thursday 9 September to begin work on two works by our old friend Dan Forrest, his Requiem for the Living, and in paradisum … The concert will last around one hour and will take place at the United Reformed Church in Wellingborough (pictured below). Accompanied by organ, small orchestra, and with the evocative sounds of Stanwick Handbells, the two works we will sing are prayerful and soothing but also uplifting, and will help honour the memory of those we have lost over the last eighteen months.

Under the baton of our Musical Director, Lee Dunleavy, who follows in the footsteps of his five predecessors, we have enjoyed 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, 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.

Our first major choral concert was on Saturday 7 March 1981 when we performed Purcell’s King Arthur. The pandemic meant that we weren’t able to stage our fortieth anniversary concert in the right year, but we are delighted to say that on Saturday 5 March 2022 we will finally be able to perform that anniversary concert, accompanied by the period instrument orchestra Charivari Agréable alongside their charismatic director Dr Kah-Ming Ng.

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.

Since Lee joined us as Musical Director in 2017 we have tackled Handel Messiah, Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai, Orff Carmina Burana, Mahler Resurrection Symphony, Puccini Messa di Gloria, and Forrest Jubilate Deo. Our performance of the Forrest 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!