Our Next Event
Saturday 23rd November - Verdi Requiem
Conductor - Huw Williams
Soprano - Elizabeth Weisberg Mezzo Soprano - Marie Elliott
Tenor - Thomas Elwin Bass - Alan Fairs
Tour July 2019 - France
Some members of the choir took our repetoire across the channel in July. The tour was a great sucess, attracting good audiences, visiting some beautiful places and venues.
Here is a glimpse of SCS on tour:
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Huw Williams, our current Musical Director, is leaving us next March after ten happy and very successful years with us. We are now actively seeking an experienced and inspirational replacement for him. Anyone interested in the post should please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the post, an application pack and a record of our events from 2013 to the present.
Welcome to our new president
We are very fortunate to be able to announce we have a new president of the society.
Alan Fairs, a professional Bass soloist, has been a friend to Stroud Choral for several years, performing with us on many occasions, including our most recent concert of Mid Summer music in June, giving a very amusing rendition of a Gilbert and Sullivan number! He has also come along on choir tours. So it seems he has been a member of the SCS family for a while already.
For a full biography of Alan's career please see under the heading 'People' on this website.
What people say.....
From an audience member at our Christmas concert, December 2018:
What a wonderful concert! It was so cold that I was tempted to curl up by the fire, but SO glad I didn't. I am no music expert but it seemed to me that the voices just blended into one whole and it was easy to hear the words ( which I find is often a problem in church choirs).
Such a lovely balanced programme too with the sacred and secular songs and the readings were funny and just the right length. Loved watching your conductor and so enjoyed the accompanist. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
From an audience member at our March concert - Beethoven Mass in C
Listening to yesterday evening's Stroud Choral Society concert in Cirencester Parish Church, featuring Mendelssohn's radiantly uplifting 'Lauda Sion' and Beethoven's Mass in C, I was spellbound and deeply moved by the sheer beauty of the music and the quality of the performances. It was very wonderful indeed to hear this great music unfolding and filling the vast interior of the building.
Although I was already familiar with Beethoven's Mass in C, hearing Mendelssohn's beautiful setting of 'Lauda Sion' was a wonderful revelation. The music is quite different from the composer's better known Protestant church music. What a pity it is only rarely performed !
Stroud Choral Society concerts just seem to get better and better. Last night the singers were in top form, the excellent soloists gave very fine performances - their voices blending perfectly together in the quartet sections, and the playing of the Regency Sinfonia Orchestra was superb. Many, many thanks to conductor Huw Williams, and to all the singers and players who took part in this most moving and enjoyable concert.
Thank you again,
Stroud Choral Society
Stroud Choral Society was founded in 1834 and therefore is one of the oldest choral societies in Britain. However, we are always moving with the times and in recent years have formed a childrens choir - The Minpins - and a youth choir. Both groups sing with us occasionally and also have their own concert programme.
Typically we perform four major concerts throughout the year, singing in venues such as Tewkesbury Abbey, Cirencester Parish Church of St John Baptist and Minchinhampton Church.
Our repertoire in recent years has included Beethoven's Mass in C, Dvorak requiem, Bach's St John Passion The German Requiem by Brahms and The Chichester Psalms by Leonard Berstein.
Want to know more or possibly sing with us? Please visit the Contact Details page.
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The Next Generation
Stroud Choral Society are proud to have under their umberella The Minpins - our childrens choir and the Stroud Choral Youth Choir.
The Minpins sing with the main choir at our Christmas concert and the Youth Choir with us at our summer concert. Meanwhile, they have many concerts in their own right locally during the rest of the year.
Rehearsals are on a Tuesday evening in Nailsworth. If you would like more information, take a look at their dedicated page or follow the link below.