Wimbledon Choral Society
 
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9
Mar
2024
Faure : Requiem, Blackford : Mirror of Perfection
Cadogan Hall
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29
Jun
2024
Reflections & Inspirations
Holy Trinity, Sloane Square
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1
Jul
2024
Quiz Night 2024
[Venue to be advised]
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Welcome

Welcome to Wimbledon Choral 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.

 

Choir Notice : Make sure you keep up to date with the rehearsal schedule details.  Look out for new versions of the schedule in the Quick Links section.   Latest version is v5r1 (30 Jan 2024).

 
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Coming Up

Our first concert in 2024 is at Cadogan Hall and.features the sublime Requiem from Gabriel Fauré (died 1924) and Richard Blackford's Mirror of Perfection.

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Our recording of Cecilia McDowall's commissioned Da Vinci Requiem is now available for sale via streaming channels and on CD.

"An electrifying performance of my new arrangement of the Verdi Requiem, Luminous singing and enormous dramatic impact."
Richard Blackford, composer

"Absolute commitment to every word – fantastic stuff that stirs the soul."
Ben Durrant, soloist

"Last night‘s concert was outstanding. The entire cathedral was buzzing during and afterwards. It was joyous."
Audience member
 
"Absolutely thrilled with the Wimbledon Choral performance of my 'Salve Deus' last night.  Very happy composer!"    
Alison Willis, composer
 
"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
 
"... the superb Wimbledon Choral ..."    
Robert Matthew-Walker, The Organ
 
"Wimbledon Choral Society make a lovely sound - clean, clear and bright."    
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."    
Marc Bridle, Opera Today
 
Click here to read more feedback we've had about our performances.
 
 
The season runs from September to June and consists typically 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 occasionally to participate in other events with several of Britain’s leading orchestras and in collaboration with other choirs.
 
The 2023/24 season began on Monday 4th September.  The planned schedule of rehearsala and events is available via the Quick Links section to the left.  See our Join Us page for further details of when potential new members normally would be welcome to come along. The first two rehearsals in September and January are designated as 'open' and anyone who would like to have a taster of what it would be like to sing with this large, friendly choir is very welcome to come along.
 
The previous season saw the choir bounce back from the two-year hiatus of Covid, finishing off with a joyous performance of Will Todd's Jazz Missa Brevis and Passion Music in Southwark Cathedral, with Will Todd and his jazz ensemble accompanying us.  The season also included an outstanding performance of Bach's mighty St John Passion to a full house in the same venue.
 
This season started with the Verdi Requiem in a newly adapted version by Richard Blackford.   Further details on the event page for this concert.   The venue was the impressive Holy Trinity Church, just off Sloane Square in SW1.  After Christmas, the next concert will be in March in Cadogan Hall with a performance of the Faure Requiem and also Blackford's acclaimed Mirror of Perfection.   The summer concert sees us back in Holy Trinity with a programme full of music on a theme of Reflections & Inspirations.  Something old, something new, something nearly new, something large, something small, something familiar, something not familiar, something meaty, something delicate.  Something for everyone.  Keep an eye out for when tickets go on sale.  You'll see the 'Book Here' option become available.
 
In early July 2023, many members of the choir participated in a performance of Vaughan Williams' magnificent A Sea Symphony, supporting Barts Choir in the Royal Albert Hall, in commeroration of the 900th anniversary of St Bartholomew's Hospital.   
 
If that was not enough, Wimbledon Choral was invited to sing with the Bach Choir in a Raymond Gubbay-promoted extravaganza performance of Carl Orff's exuberant Carmina Burana, again in the Royal Albert Hall in late October.   We sang it four years ago in Cadogan Hall.  Imagine 400 singers on stage and over 5000 in the audience!  It was 'emotional'.

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The choir also supports the locally organised Merton SingFest - a collaboration of locally-based choirs in the Merton area and the Merton Music Foundation.   It is a great opportunity for singers of all ages from across the borough to get together and celebrate the joy of singing.   Further information can be found by clicking on the image to the left or here.  The 2024 SingFest day for WCS participation will be on Saturday 11th May in St Mark's Church.
 
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.   
 
 
 
Wimbledon Choral Society (performing as Wimbledon Choral) 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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