Wimbledon Choral Society
 
Forthcoming events
 
14
Nov
2020
Handel : Messiah
Southwark Cathedral
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19
Dec
2020
Christmas Concert
St Paul's, Southfields
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27
Mar
2021
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil
Southwark Cathedral
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Latest news
 
WCS goes virtual again!
See WCS' video of Michael Higgins' 'Bright Morning Stars'
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WCS goes virtual!
Consolation from isolation
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Coronavirus Status
How this is affecting WCS' operation
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Rehearsal Schedule 2019-2020 v1.6
V1.6 - Updated 15 Mar 2020
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Rach All-Night Vigil Flyer
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Rachmaninov/Britten - Programme
Programme sequence & language aids
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Welcome

  
 
There will be no Monday rehearsals for the rest of this season.
Please check back here on a regular basis for further updates.
 
Update 25 July 2020
Choir Members : Sarah and the team are keeping a careful eye on the various public discussions around the concerns of group singing, especially in the non-professional world such as ours, and assessing any potential for the choir to return to some form of collective singing together in the same space whenever it may be deemed feasible.  Choirs considerably smaller than WCS in numbers may be able to do so much sooner than us so please bear with the team as they look at what options may be both realistic and pragmatic for us in due course.  A provisional rehearsal schedule will be published but it will be subject to confirmation of its implementation.  Watch this space! 
 
Update 06 June 2020
Everyone : See our virtual choir recordings of Rachmaninov's Bògòroditse Devo and Michael Higgins' Bright Morning Stars.
  
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 2019/20 season starts on Monday 2nd September. See our Join Us page for further details of when potential new members would be welcome to come along.
 
Concerts in the 2019/20 season find us in Cadogan Hall for Carl Orff's joyous Carmina Burana with the Farnham Youth Choir, in Southwark Cathedral for Rachmaninov's wonderful All-Night Vigil (Vespers), two Christmas concerts and a welcome return to the recently revamped Fairfield Halls in Croydon with a programme that includes Mozart's 'Great' Mass in C Minor.
 
Making another return this year is the Merton SingFest.  Please read this news item for further details.
 
WCS has run a bursary scheme for young singers for several years. For the 2019-20 season this scheme is open to tenors who would like to work with WCS.   Further details of this scheme can be found on this page.
 
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 May 2020.  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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