Stroud Choral Society is a friendly choir of approximately 140 members. Under the direction of our widely acclaimed conductor, Simon Bell, we perform major choral works two or three times a year with a professional orchestra and soloists. We also hold a Christmas concert with the Minpins with more varied festive music.
We have a children's choir called the Minpins and we sing with them in at least one concert a year. We also hold choral workshops, carol concerts and social activities.
Rehearsals and music
We rehearse every Monday evening during term time at Marling School Music Hall from 7:30 to 9:30pm. We usually have a break in the rehearsal of about half an hour when we can socialise. Simon has extensive musical knowledge and he gets the best out of us with his patient and encouraging direction. In the week leading up to a concert there is usually an extra rehearsal at Marling School on the Thursday evening and for most of the afternoon of the concert day, at the venue.
Choral scores are usually available to hire, but can also be purchased through the choir at competative rates, if you wish to. There are a few books which we ask members to purchase because we use them regularly, particularly at the Christmas and Summer concerts.
Key to our concert success is preparation and therefore attendance at rehearsals. We understand that it may not be possible to attend all rehearsals, so if you have to miss more than three, we ask that you discuss this with Simon who can decide whether or not you are sufficiently rehearsed to take part in the concert.
We have sung in some beautiful venues in and around the Stroud area, including Bath Abbey, Gloucester Catherdral, Tewkesbury Abbey, The Subscription Rooms and local churches.
Concert dress for men is usually a black suit/dinner suit, white shirt, black bow tie and black shoes and for women a long black skirt or trousers and a black long sleeve top and black shoes. For our more informal concerts, particulalr in the Summer and at Christmas, men wear a black long sleeved shirt and black trousers