Welcome to the Mid Wessex Singers!
We are a friendly group of people who enjoy singing choral music in parts. Since our formation in 1999 we have performed two concerts a year, at Christmas and in Spring. Under the guidance of our Musical Director, Graham Coatman, we are now expanding our repertoire and range of events. In 2017 we started an annual ‘Come and Sing Day’, and in 2018 extended our season to include a summer term, with an informal performance of light music to family and friends at our Summer Soiree. Also in 2018 we added an Autumn concert to our schedule.
As a registered charity we also provide entertainment to people in local care homes and sheltered housing and make donations to other charities from the proceeds of our concerts.
We practise on Tuesday evenings during term time from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m in the West Street Church Hall in Somerton TA11 7PR. New members are always welcome. We do not hold auditions – just come along one Tuesday evening or contact us for more information. Membership is on a subscription basis, currently £45 per term for the Autumn and Spring terms, paid at the beginning of term or half-termly. The Summer Term is paid on a weekly basis, currently £3.50 a week,
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Like a Singing Bird . . .
Mozart Spatzenmesse (Sparrow Mass) with choruses from Handel’s Solomon, and music by Bob Chilcott, Orlando Gibbons & Vaughan Williams
The Mid Wessex Singers present a delightful bird themed autumn concert, encompassing classic masterpieces by Mozart and Handel, with complementary works ranging from the Tudor composer Orlando Gibbons, to Vaughan Williams and the popular living composer Bob Chilcott.
Saturday 30 November 2019 at 7.30 pm
St Andrew’s Church, Church Green, Curry Rivel, TA10 0HQ
The Mid Wessex Singers have been raising their profile in recent seasons with enterprising and imaginative programmes with an ever expanding, appealing and popular repertoire. For their autumn concert they have spread their wings further with a variety of our feathered friends providing a linking theme in an exciting range of choral and instrumental music.
Framing the concert is the chirpy “Sparrow” Mass by the youthful Mozart, so called from the chirruping figure from the violins in the Sanctus movement. This spirited music contrasts with some serene choruses from Handel’s oratorio Solomon, from which the well known “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” comes. The “Nightingale” chorus is so named for the bird calls that feature in the violin part, and within the week that celebrates St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, (not to mention the turbulence of our current political climate), “Music, spread thy voice around” is an acclamation of the power of music to promote calm and a sense of wellbeing.
Amongst other items in the programme is the brief but beautiful madrigal the Silver Swan, with music by the Tudor composer Orlando Gibbons. Then borrowing from an equally appealing folk tradition is an arrangement of the Turtle Dove, an 18th century folk ballad, by Vaughan Williams. Bringing the same approach up to date is an arrangement by the popular choral composer, originally a member of the King’s Singers, Bob Chilcott. This piece, entitled Like a Singing Bird, is an enchanting song combining a melodic setting of Christina Rossetti’s ‘A Birthday’ with Robert Burns’s ‘A Red, Red Rose’, sung to the tune of a traditional Scottish ballad. Both themes are imbued with a sense of happiness and contentment with the world.
The Mid Wessex Singers are joined for the concert by our now customary ensemble of local professional string players, and also local soloists. Conductor Graham Coatman said, “I am delighted the choir has grown in confidence and ability since I took them on a couple of years ago. This concert will offer a good showcase for the choir in a delightful sequence of music which should appeal to all tastes.”
—BOOKING & CONTACT INFORMATION—
Ticket prices are £10 full and £5 for under 18s.
Tickets may be purchased from Cobbs (Brunel Precinct), Somerton, The Bridge Bakery and Canteen, Langport TA10 9RB (next to Bow Bridge), or through choir members.
Contact the choir at www.midwessexsingers.co.uk
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