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 on SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022 at 7:30pm when will join Northampton Bach Choir and Orchestra da Camera to sing The Jubilee Proms.
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 in the Autumn of 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 … We were delighted to welcome a large, socially-distanced audience for this concert, which was a soothing and uplifting performance, honouring the memory of those lost over the pandemic.
Our fortieth anniversary performance (delayed by one year, thanks to Covid!) returned to music performed at the very first major concert given by the choir on 7 March 1981, Purcell’s King Arthur. With a stellar cast of soloists alongside period instrument ensemble Charivari Agreable, we celebrated in style – with an audience of over two hundred!
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.
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!