President: Ian Partridge CBE
Musical Director: Neil Ferris BMus(Hons) ARCM MMus
Accompanist: Michael Higgins BMus(Hons) PGDip LRAM
Wimbledon Choral Society (WCS) has a reputation for being an open, welcoming, friendly and accessible group. We are widely regarded as one of the finest amateur choirs in South East of England and our aim is to grow that reputation even further through developing our repertoire so as to appeal to a wider audience and broaden our membership base. Our repertoire is extensive and versatile, embracing traditional works alongside contemporary and popular music, from Baroque right through to the 21st century and music commissioned specially by us.
The choir’s origins can be found in old newspaper archives stretching back to 1880 when the newly formed Wimbledon Choral Society presented its first concert in April of that year. However evidence of subsequent activity is missing in any records and it is not until 1914 that the choir in its present guise was reformed. Further details of this, our early connections with Belgium and the development of the Society can be found on the History
Now, it is a well-established and flourishing choir with a membership of around 180, an average age considerably lower than many of its neighbouring peers and a healthy intake of new members in an area with a relatively high proportion of transient population. This keeps the choir fresh and changing and many members go on to continue singing in other choirs when they leave this part of south-west London.
In addition to its own concerts, WCS is invited regularly to participate in events produced by other organisations. Of particular note in recent years are several recordings of BBC TV’s Songs of Praise
, two appearances singing from the pitch at Wembley Stadium to capacity crowds as part of the pre-match entertainment for the Rugby Football League, for more than 15 years forming half of the Festival Chorus at the Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall, recording the theme music (an adaptation of Faure’s Pavane
) played on every programme of BBC TV’s coverage of the Football World Cup 1998, a joint promotion with Barts Choir
for a performance of Mahler’s mammoth Symphony No.8 (Symphony of a Thousand)
to an audience of over 4000, and a similar joint venture with Vivace Chorus
for Verdi's Requiem,
both of these last two events also in the Royal Albert Hall. The centrepiece of the choir's centenary season in 2014-15 saw it perform Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem
in the Royal Festival Hall. Paired with Saint-Saëns' Symphony No 3 (Organ),
this played to a 2000-strong audience.
We work with both well-established soloists and those rising stars in the early years of their careers, as well as some of Britain’s leading orchestras like the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, New Queen’s Hall Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Charivari Agréable, London Mozart Players, Florilegium, Salomon Orchestra and Orchestra Vitae.
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to find out more about this exciting choir.
Wimbledon Choral Society is a registered charity (No. 263150) with a Constitution
, approved by the Charity Commission
, and a small set of Rules for members. 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. To ensure continued operation, it has a finance Reserves Policy
in force and in line with Charity Commission guidance.