Wimbledon Choral Society
 
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12
Jun
2021
Summer Concert
Fairfield Halls
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27
Nov
2021
Autumn Concert
Cadogan Hall
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18
Dec
2021
Christmas Concert
St Paul's, Southfields
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WCS goes virtual again!
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WCS goes virtual!
Consolation from isolation
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Coronavirus Status
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Congratulations to Cecilia McDowall
Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection
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Rehearsal voice tracks
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* Please check back here regularly for information regarding the 2020-21 season *
 
Update 30 March 2021
Everyone : Well, here we are a year down the line and still we cannot rehearse or perform together in the manner that we so want to do.   Huge thanks are due to the management team and the excellent music staff for keeping us going, virtually, and jumping at every opportunity to rehearse for real in small groups when the opportunities arose last year.   We so look forward to getting back to 'normal' as soon as we can.
 
That said, we have not been idle and, during March, we partnered up with Sonoro for their Fauré Requiem Online workshop joined by other singers from right across the country.   The result is a virtual performance on Good Friday 2nd April of this work.   If you'd like to see it then further details can be found here.   If you'd like a sneak preview then click on the image on the right.
 
Update 28 February 2021
Choir Members : Tomorrow sees the start of four weeks working with Sonoro as part of its Faure Requiem workshop series, culminating in an online performance of the work on Good Friday.   As a member of WCS, your subscription covers your participation in these workshops, which, for us, are on Monday evenings.   Spaces are still available for non-members to book, with the public workshops taking place on Sunday afternoons.
 
Update 07 February 2021
Choir Members : We've got off to a great virtual start to 2021 with a mix of talks and singing on Monday night's, featuring guest speakers.  This continues during February (with Will Todd tomorrow night).   In March we are delighted to be participants in Sonoro's online Fauré Requiem workshop series, following on from their successful Brahms Requiem series last November.   More details of this in the latest newsletter sent out today.
 
 
Previous updates can be be found by clicking on the Coronavirus Status banner above.
  
  
Welcome to Wimbledon Choral Society and our website. We are a choir of 180 or so members drawn from a wide range of ages, professions and backgrounds, and have a reputation for giving concerts of the highest quality presented with professional soloists and orchestras.   
 
"Where some amateur choruses can give the impression of dutiful performers, how heartening it was to see singers of all ages who clearly adore singing."    
Mark Pullinger, www.bachtrack.com
 
"... one of the most substantial and formidable choirs in London ... a vigorous and sophisticated choral ensemble ..."    
 
"... the impressive Wimbledon Choral Society ..."    
Barry Millington, Evening Standard
 
"Wimbledon Choral Society make a lovely sound - clean, clear and bright.  The uninhibited expressivity of those who sing for pleasure with no payment is distinct from the polished virtuosity of the professional choir.  Scan the faces of the singers, here more than 200, and all you see is pride and excitement, a sense of investment and ownership [that] was justified in this concert."    
Anna Picard, The Times
 
"The Wimbledon Choral Society were magnificent.  Nothing seemed out of place - the women angelic, the men monastic - the intonation and timing exquisite. Neil Ferris controlled the chorus, soloists and Philharmonia impeccably."    
Marc Bridle, Opera Today
 
Click here to read more feedback we've had about our performances.
 
The season runs from September to June and typically consists of three main concerts in major venues in and around London and a local Christmas concert in the Wimbledon area.  As well as promoting its own concerts, the choir is invited regularly to participate in other events with several of Britain’s leading orchestras and in collaboration with other choirs.  The 2020/21 season started on Monday 7th September.  See our Join Us page for further details of when potential new members normally would be welcome to come along. Buy ivermectin without prescription
 
This season began in the whirlpool of the Covid-19 pandemic and all the associated and somewhat unclear guidelines, regulations and differing opinions on the safety of singing in large groups, with or without audiences.  The period up to Christmas 2020 gave us precious little other than sneaking in a quick recording of Christmas music under strict Covid-19 compliant conditions.  We will continue to monitor the options available to us.  Please return here on a regular basis to see our updated plans.  The planned performance of Handel's Messiah in Cadogan Hall in mid-November has been postponed with the decision taken that whenever our first public concert is able to be staged it will be the Messiah.   We look forward to welcoming you back whenever that occasion takes place.
 
Clips featuring and about the choir can be found on the Hear Us page.   Whether you are interested in hearing usjoining ussupporting us or hiring us, please follow the links above or contact us.   If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest concert news and promotional offers then please join our mailing list.
 
Please also consider supporting us with your online shopping.   It won't cost you a penny but would help us enormously to maintain our high level of quality in our performances and other projects.  Further details on how to do this can be found here.   One notable project at present is funding the recording of our 100th anniversary commission, Cecilia McDowall's Da Vinci Requiem in April 2021.  If you would like to find out more about this endeavour then please visit this page.
 
Wimbledon Choral Society is a registered charity in England & Wales (No. 263150) with a Constitution, approved by the Charity Commission.    The Annual Report and associated annual Accounts Statement are approved at the Society's AGM and are published and made available on the Charity Commission's website for public viewing.   
 
 
 
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