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WDCS Christmas Concert2018
Wombourne & District Choral Society's concert is in 'The Spirit of Christmas'.
Wombourne and District Choral Society will be performing their Christmas Concert entitled 'The Spirit of Christmas' - A Concert of Seasonal Words and Music' at Beckminster Methodist Church in Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton on Saturday 15th December, commencing at 7.30pm. The concert will be conducted by the choir's Musical Director, Ian Clarke.
(2018)

Schubert Mass Concert
Wombourne & District Choral Society to perform the Schubert Mass

Wombourne and District Choral Society are now busy practising for their next concert which is a performance of the Schubert Mass in E Flat Major to be performed with professional soloists and a 28 piece orchestra.

The concert will be held on Saturday 24th November 2018 at the Wolverhampton Grammar School in Compton, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB, commencing at 7.30pm. The choir will be conducted by their Musical Director, Ian Clarke.

During the last year of his short life, Schubert composed a phenomenal amount of music. His Mass No. 6 in E-flat Major was composed for the same Viennese church in which he had served as one of Beethoven's pallbearers. This mass was intended for concert, not liturgical use, and it reverberates with Beethovenesque architecture and Schubertian lyricism. The scoring is unique, giving an active role to the three trombones, emphasizing the lower woodwinds and brass, and making hypnotic use of the timpani. Schubert uses a block-like treatment of the orchestra's three instrumental families, which play together in symbolic expression of the working of the Trinity.
(2018)

Down by the Riverside Concert 2018
Womborne & District Choral Society's concert is 'Down by the Riverside'.

Following their highly acclaimed performance of the Mozart Requiem in March of this year, the Wombourne and District Choral Society are now busy practising for their next concert which is entitled 'Down by the Riverside', a light-hearted celebration of all things of a watery nature, in folksongs and ballads, poetry and readings, from a variety of periods and places.

The concert will be held on Saturday 14th July 2018 at the Wolverhampton Grammar School in Compton, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB, commencing at 7.30pm. The choir will be conducted by their Musical Director, Ian Clarke.
(2018)

Mozart Requiem Concert 2018

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Local Choir to perform Mozart's Requiem at their Spring Concert.
At their Spring Concert, the Wombourne & District Choral Society will perform Mozart's Requiem, one of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire. The concert will be held on Saturday 24th March 2018 at the Church of St John's in the Square, Wolverhampton commencing at 7.30pm.

The Requiem in D minor, K. 626, is a requiem mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most famous Choral works in the Classical repertoire.

Mozart composed part of the Requiem in Vienna in late 1791, but it was unfinished at his death on 5 December the same year. A completed version dated 1792 by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who had commissioned the piece for a Requiem service to commemorate the anniversary of his wife’s death on 14 February.

The autograph manuscript shows the finished and orchestrated Introit in Mozart’s hand, and detailed drafts of the Kyrie and the sequence Dies irae as far as the first eight bars of the Lacrimosa movement, and the Offertory. It cannot be shown to what extent Süssmayr may have depended on now lost “scraps of paper” for the remainder; he later claimed the Sanctus and Agnus Dei as his own.

Walsegg probably intended to pass the Requiem off as his own composition, as he is known to have done with other works. However, this plan was frustrated by a public benefit performance for Mozart’s widow Constanze. She was responsible for a number of stories surrounding the composition of the work, including the claims that Mozart received the commission from a mysterious messenger who did not reveal the commissioner’s identity, and that Mozart came to believe that he was writing the requiem for his own funeral. These ‘conspiracy stories’ are largely discredited, but have led to other speculative writings and works, such as the celebrated Peter Schaffer play ‘Amadeus’, which have to some extent perpetuated the myth.

In addition to the Süssmayr version, a number of alternative completions have been developed by musicologists in the 20th century. However, the Süssmayr remains the version favoured in the vast majority of performances, retains the authentic voice of the time itself, and is much-loved by choirs and audiences alike.
(2018)

Come pull a 'Christmas Cracker' with Wombourne & District Choral Society

Wombourne and District Choral Society will be performing their Christmas Concert entitled 'A Christmas Cracker' - A Concert of Seasonal Words and Music' at Beckminster Methodist Church in Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton on Saturday 16th December, commencing at 7.30pm. The concert will be conducted by the choir's Musical Director, Ian Clarke.
(2017)




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Stabat Mater Concert 2017
Thrilling performance of Dvorak's Stabat Mater
At their Autumn Concert, the Wombourne & District Choral Society will perform Dvorak's Stabat Mater. The Stabat Mater is a Latin hymn compiled by the Franciscan Monk Jacapone di Todi, the Crucifixion scene viewed from the point of view of Jesus's grieving mother. Dvorak's setting is one of the composer's most profound and moving sacred works. First performed in Prague in 1880, the work quickly found favour, with performances in Budapest, and then in England, where, in 1884, at London's Albert Hall, Dvorak himself conducted. Its tumultuous success won the composer worldwide fame, and has remained an enduring favourite with singers and players. (2017)

What can I say but thank you for a thrilling performance of the Dvorak yesterday! Well done indeed on producing the goods once more...there were some lovely, and telling moments, Virgo virginum has never sounded better, and the Amen chorus at the end was stunning, especially with the glorious soloists leading, but so much was so good, I thought we really got to the heart and emotional core of the music, and whilst quite hard intensive work for me, I still enjoyed every minute, so I hope you did too.
A pity I was still awake at 3 in the morning with those tunes buzzing around my head, but that goes with the territory! Hopefully I'll be well recovered by Monday evening, so look forward to seeing you again then!
Thanks again for a memorable and stunning concert, fantastically done!
Very best wishes, Ian


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Best of British Concert 2017
 Womborne & District Choral Society's concert is the 'Best of British'.

Following their highly acclaimed performance of St Matthew Passion in April of this year, the Wombourne and District Choral Society are now busy practising for their next concert which is entitled 'The Best of British', a light-hearted celebration of the four home nations of the British Isles, in folksongs and ballads, poetry and readings, from a variety of periods up to the present day.

The concert will be held on Saturday 15th July 2017 at the Wolverhampton Grammar School in Compton, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB, commencing at 7.30pm. The choir will be conducted by their Musical Director, Ian Clarke.
(2017)

St Matthew Passion Concert 2017

Audience praises performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion in Wolverhampton Church.
The performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion by Wombourne and District Choral Society last Saturday evening received high praise from many members of the audience, which filled the church of St Johns in the Square in Wolverhampton.
After a gloriously sunny day, the choir of 80 members together with the Chameleon Arts Baroque Orchestra from London and professional soloists conducted by the choir's Musical Director Ian Clarke welcomed their special guest the High Sheriff, Dr. Keith Bradshaw and his wife Pam before beginning the performance of what is regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music.
The conductor Ian Clarke commented "What a work! One I've always wanted to conduct, and it was a privilege to perform it, and with such a wonderful combination of forces, too. A great orchestra, with lovely solo players and an excellent organist and continuo section: fabulous soloists, the fine Evangelist, tenor Ben Alden, baritone Piran Legg singing the words of Jesus with great expressiveness and beauty, Soprano Rosie Lomas and Mezzo-Soprano Emily Kyte adding extra colour and gloss to the performance, all these singers rising stars in the musical world: and the choir too did magnificently, and can be justly proud of their achievement, giving a vivid account, committed, dramatic, both soulful and spiritual. I couldn't have asked for more, and the performance will live long in my memory."

The next two concerts in 2017 to be given by the choir will include 'The Best of British - A celebration of the best of British music' on Saturday 15th July followed by a performance of Dvorak's 'Stabat Mater' on Saturday 25th November, both concerts being staged at their new venue of the Wolverhampton Grammar School in Compton.
(2017)

Christmas Concert 2016

Local choir to perform official UK premiere of Christmas Anthem from America.
At their Christmas Concert at St Mary and St Chad's Church in Brewood, Wombourne and District Choral Society will be performing amongst other seasonal words and music, the official UK premiere of the Christmas anthem 'All Praise to Thee' by American composer, Elaine Hagenberg.

Elaine Hagenberg's compositions have been awarded and performed by churches, schools, universities, honor choirs and choral festivals throughout the United States and abroad. Notable performances include the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall, the C. S. Lewis Foundation Symposium in Kings College Chapel in Cambridge, England, the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, North Wales, the Melbourne International Choral Festival in Australia, North Central and Central American Choral Directors Association Conferences, the Green Lake Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians National Conference, the Texas Collegiate Women's Choir Festival, All Virginia State Chorus, the 2017 Arkansas All State Chorus, the Iowa State University Honor Choir, the Iowa Choral Directors Association Opus Honor Choir, performances with the American Boychoir, as well as international performances in South Africa and throughout Europe.

The anthem was introduced to the choir by Pattingham musician, John Fellows and so impressed their Musical Director, Ian Clarke that it was decided to include the piece in the choir's Christmas Concert entitled 'It's Christmas Time'. The concert will take place on Friday 16th December at St Mary and St Chad's Church in Brewood, commencing at 7.30pm. The concert will be conducted by the choir's Musical Director, Ian Clarke and accompanied by the renowned organist, Mark Pescott.
(2016)

St Paul Concert 2016


Wombourne & District Choral Society to perform the St Paul oratorio by Mendelssohn.

Likely to be the first performance in the West Midlands for over a century, members of Wombourne and District Choral Society are busy rehearsing the oratorio 'St Paul' by Mendelssohn for their next concert, on Saturday 26th November 2016 at the Church of St John's in the Square in Wolverhampton, starting at 7.30pm. Musical Director Ian Clarke will conduct, the work will be accompanied on the organ by Mark Pescott, and the title role sung by Welsh baritone Gwion Thomas, a Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

In 1831 Mendelssohn was commissioned by Johann Schelble, conductor of the Cecilia Choir and Orchestra of Frankfurt, to compose an oratorio. The Bible was a constant source of inspiration for his choral works, and Mendelssohn here turned to the life of St Paul. Given his high regard for the choral masterpieces of Bach, Handel and Haydn, it is no surprise to find that St Paul is modelled on similar lines, Using a typical integrated scheme of recitatives, arias and choruses, the story begins with the martyrdom of Stephen, and Saul's collusion in this act. Saul's persecution of the Christians is then followed by his dramatic conversion, in which the voice from heaven, 'Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?' is strikingly given by 4-part women's chorus. Part II finds Paul and Barnabas becoming the ambassadors of the Church. Their duet is followed by one of the oratorio's best-loved choruses, 'How lovely are the messengers'. We then hear of the Jews' attempted entrapment of Paul the work ending with Paul leaving his church at Ephesus and sailing for Jerusalem, and new challenges.
The first performance on May 22nd 1836 took place at the Lower Rhine Music Festival in Düsseldorf. Its first performance in England was given in Liverpool in October 1836, and the following year Mendelssohn himself conducted it at the Birmingham Festival, to enthusiastic acclaim.
(2016)

The Sea! The Sea! Concert 2016


Spend a nautical evening of song with Wombourne & District Choral Society

Bring your waterproofs when you come to the Wombourne & District Choral Society's next concert which will be an evening of nautical songs and readings, entitled 'The Sea! The Sea!'.

The concert will be held on Saturday 16th July 2016 at the Beckminster Methodist Church in Penn Fields, Wolverhampton, commencing at 7.30pm.

The choir with their conductor, Ian Clarke, will perform several pieces with a nautical flavour, including four sea shanties, 'Blow the Wind Southerly', 'O Mistress Mine', 'Sea Fever' with John Oxley as the soloist, 'The Willow Song', excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Pinafore', plus a new song 'All Must Sail Away' composed by Claire Lakha, a choir member, and arranged by our Musical Director, Ian Clarke. There will also be several readings by choir members, again of a nautical nature.
(2016)

Music for Passiontide Concert 2016

Wombourne & District Choral Society to perform a Spring Concert of Passion Music
Wombourne and District Choral Society's are busy rehearsing for their next concert in March to be called 'Music for Passiontide' and to include 'The Crucifixion' by John Stainer, Sacred works by Brahms and Mendelssohn and the 'Five Lenten Motets' by Antonin Tucapský. These will be performed with the organ and soloists, conducted by the choir's Musical Director, Ian Clarke.
The concert will be held on Saturday 19th March 2016 at the Church of St John's in the Square in Wolverhampton WV2 4AT, commencing at 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be available in the interval and tickets are £14 each with children under 16 free.

Sir John Stainer, born in London in June 1840, was an English composer and organist whose music, particularly The Crucifixion, was very popular during his lifetime and afterwards. His work as choir trainer and organist set standards for Anglican church music that are still influential. He was organist at Magdalen College, Oxford and subsequently at St Pauls's Cathedral. He was also active as an academic, becoming Heather Professor of Music at Oxford. He retired due to his poor eyesight and deteriorating health, dying unexpectedly whilst on holiday in Italy in 1901.
Antonin Tucapský was born in 1928 in Czechoslovakia, where he studied before beginning his career as composer, teacher and conductor. He studied choral conducting and graduated from Masaryk University, Brno in Music Education and Musicology. In 1951 whilst teaching, he became a member of the well-known Moravian Teachers' Male Voice, later becoming their choirmaster. He gained his PhD in 1967 and in 1975 he moved to England and became a Professor of Composition at Trinity College of Music in London where he remained until his retirement in 1996. His compositions have been published across the world and he died on September 9th, 2014 at the age of 86.
(2016)

Nelson Mass & Gloria Concert 2015


Wombourne & District Choral Society to perform Haydn 'Nelson' Mass and Vivaldi 'Gloria'.

Wombourne and District Choral Society's next concert performance in November will centre on the 'Nelson' mass, originally called the 'Mass for Troubled Times'. It was written at a time of intense fear for the citizens of Austria, whose army had been defeated in four major battles by Napoleon Bonaparte. His army had crossed the Alps, and even threatened Vienna itself. Haydn's mighty choral work is now forever associated with Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory over Napoleon and is, according to Joseph Haydn's biographer, arguably the composer's "greatest single composition". This wonderful work is scored for strings, three trumpets, and timpani, reflecting its martial background.

Vivaldi's Gloria has a gloriously sunny nature, and is characteristic of all of the composer's music, its distinctive melodies and driving rhythms giving it an immediate and universal appeal.

The programme will also include a glittering concerto for three trumpets by Telemann to help to raise the roof!

The concert will be held on Saturday 28th November 2015 at the Church of St John's in the Square in Wolverhampton WV2 4AT, commencing at 7.30pm. The choir will be conducted by their Musical Director, Ian Clarke and accompanied by professional soloists and orchestra.
(2015)

Song for All Seasons Concert 2015

Wombourne & District Choral Society performs 'A Song for all Seasons'.

Following their highly acclaimed performance of Brahms Requiem in March of this year, the Wombourne and District Choral Society are now busy practising for their next concert which is entitled ' A Song for all Seasons'. The Concert will be an evening of light music and readings on the theme of the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and will include an eclectic mix of music from Purcell to Rutter, with readings from Shakespeare to P G Wodehouse and beyond.

The concert was held on Saturday 18th July 2015 at Beckminster Methodist Church in Birches Barn Road, Penn, Wolverhampton WV3 7BQ, commencing at 7.30pm. The choir was conducted by their Musical Director, Ian Clarke.
(2015)

Brahms Requiem Concert 2015


Local Choir to perform Brahms Requiem in St John's Church, Wolverhampton

Following their highly acclaimed performance of Handel's Messiah back in November 2014, the Wombourne and District Choral Society are now busy practising for their next concert which will feature Brahms Requiem.

This Requiem is not primarily a Mass for the dead. Instead, it is intended as comfort for those who mourn and who feel the pain of the death of others. By the time he began writing the work in 1865, Brahms had just experienced such loss extremely personally: his mother had died that very same year.

The concert will be held on Saturday 28th March 2015 at St John's Church in the Square in Wolverhampton WV2 4AT, commencing at 7.30pm. The choir will be accompanied by a piano duet (Samantha Carrasco and Nicholas Salwey) together with guest soprano and baritone soloists, all conducted by the choir's Musical Director, Ian Clarke.
(2015)

 

Messiah Concert 2014
(2014)


Pack up your troubles Concert 2014
(2014)

Joseph Jongen Concert 2014
(2014)

A Dickens of a Christmas Concert 2013
(2013)

A Sea Symphony Concert 2013
(2013)

The Ages of Man Concert 2013
(2013)

Previous performances include:

November 2015 - Haydn's Nelson Mass and Vivaldi's Gloria

July 2015 - A Song For All Seasons. Songs, Poetry and Piano Duets for the 4 seasons: from Haydn to Rutter

March 2015 - Brahms Requiem

December 2014 - Handel's Messiah

July 2014 - Pack up your Troubles. A programme to commemorate the First World War

April 2014 - Jongen Mass Op 130 and Bruckner Motets

December 2013 - A Dickens of a Christmas. A programme of readings and carols

November 2013 - Vaughan Williams 5 Mystic Songs and Sea Symphony

July 2013 - The Ages of Man - including Rutter's Childhood Lyrics, Madrigals, Readings and Music by Finzi and Sullivan

March 2013 - Faure's Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine, Stanford's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, and Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer

November 2012 - Mendelssohn's Elijah

July 2012 - This Joyful Jubilee - Music of the two Elizabeths including, Zadok the Priest, and The Kind Shall Rejoice by Handel, Choral Dances from Gloriana by Britten, Madrigals and Vaughan Williams Three Elizabethan Part Songs

March 2012 - 'Come and Sing' Handel's Messiah

March 2012 - Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo by Michael Flanders and Joseph Horovitz, with St Nicholas' First School, Codsall

December 2011 - Carol Concert

November 2011 - Rutter Requiem and Schubert Mass in G Minor

July 2011 - 'I was Glad': a celebration of English anthems

April 2011 - Bach Mass in B Minor with the Chameleon Arts Orchestra of London using period instruments

December 2010 - Christmas concert performing Vivaldi's Gloria and Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, with Carols

September 2010 - Choral Workshop 'The gift of Singing' performing Rutter's Requiem

May 2010 - Joint concert with our French partner choir, Chorale Chantemoy

March 2010 - Music for Holy Week, including Durufle's Requiem and the first performance in the West Midlands of Antonin Tucapsky's The Sacrifice

December 2009 - Israel in Egypt by Handel, with Christmas carols and the Hallelujah Chorus

Autumn 2009 - An Abundance of Anniversaries - a choral workshop on behalf of the Churches Conservation Trust, including works by Haydn, Handel, Mendelssohn and Purcell

Summer 2009 - Summer Music - a further selection of English madrigals, including John Rutter's Birthday Madrigals, opera choruses and piano duets

Spring 2009 - The Creation by Haydn

Christmas 2008 - two performances of works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, including Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Summer 2008 - Summer Music - a selection of English madrigals, opera choruses and piano duets

Spring 2008 - Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini

Christmas 2007 - two performances of Messiah by Handel

Summer 2007 - Concert Party featuring a selection of madrigals, opera choruses and other light works

Spring 2007 - St John Passion by J.S.Bach

Christmas 2006 - Saint Nicolas by Britten, Magnificat by John Rutter

Summer 2006 - Liebesliederwalzer by Brahms, Three Elizabethan Partsongs by Vaughan Williams

Spring 2006 - Requiem by Mozart, Zadok the Priest by Handel, The Heavens are Telling by Haydn

Christmas 2005 - Farewell concert for retiring Musical Director David Parkes, featuring Rossini's Stabat Mater and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances

Summer 2005 - Concert Party featuring Hiawatha's Wedding Feast by Coleridge-Taylor, and individual items by choir members

Spring 2005 - 2 concerts of varied music with a European theme, in partnership with French choir 'Chorale Chantemoy', including premiere of David Parkes' Sephton Motet

Christmas 2004 - Gloria by Poulenc, Evening Canticles by Parkes, Ave Maria by Rachmaninov

Summer 2004
- Summer Song by Dvorak

Spring 2004 - A German Requiem by Brahms

Christmas 2003 - Nabucco by Verdi

Spring 2003 - various ecclesiastical works by English and French composers

Christmas 2002 - A Christmas Cantata by Honegger

Summer 2002 - HMS Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan

Spring 2002 - The Dream of Gerontius by Elgar

Autumn 2001 - 'Come and Sing' Requiem by Mozart and Zadok the Priest by Handel

Summer 2001 - The New Moon by Romberg

Spring 2001 - Gloria by Vivaldi and Dixit Dominus by Handel

Christmas 2000 - Requiem by Rutter and Stabat Mater by Parkes

Summer 2000 - The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan

Spring 2000 - Requiem by Verdi

Autumn 1999 - 'Come and Sing' The Messiah by Handel



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