Vaughan Williams for 2018

It’s been an interesting start to the year for Monkton Combe Choral Society. Our December concert, Schubert’s Mass in G and Mozart’s Vespers, was postponed due to bad weather, and rescheduled instead for 4 February. I think the choir appreciated a couple more weeks of rehearsal, and on the night the Mozart in particular was electrifying!

Our summer concert will be later than usual this year, on Sunday 10 June. Rehearsals for Vaughan Williams’ Benedicite begin this Tuesday, 20 February, which will go alongside an old favourite, Fauré’s Requiem. I’m also planning a little something else for the second half of the concert, but more on that to follow in due course … should be exciting though 😉

Our choir is in great shape. Numbers of tenors is always a good indicator, and we now regularly have ten or more at our rehearsals each week. Just as importantly, every season sees an influx of new singers, some of the them ‘seasoned pros’, others total novices. We are certainly not standing still, far from it. And this is also a choir which is prepared to be stretched, and as new members come in they quickly recognise this and are up for the challenge.

After the concert in June, I hope that many in the choir will sign up for the South West Festival Chorus’ performance of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. Having sung it just last year, many were disappointed that after all that work it was suddenly all over following just one performance! So here’s the chance to go again – more details here, and get the date in the diary now – Sunday 8 July.

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