ABOUT US

OUR VISION

To make beautiful choral music accessible to everyone in Wantage, the surrounding villages and beyond.

WHAT WE DO

We perform not just those works that make up the classical repertoire of most choral societies, but recent compositions as well.

OUR COMMUNITY

Members of our choir come from all walks of life and have one thing in common - the joy of singing!

We are a mixed voice choir of around 60 singers drawn from Wantage and the surrounding area and in the last few years our concerts have included requiems by Verdi (with Bicester Choral Society) Brahms, Mozart and Fauré and also American music by Copeland and Shearing – plus spirituals and jazz. Modern works have included the premiere of Didcot Haiku by Paul Burke, our extremely talented Director of Music, works by Karl Jenkins and Bob Chilcott and in the summer of 2019, in a change of tempo, we performed  ‘An Evening on Broadway’.

We enjoy each other’s company and, apart from the pub after rehearsal, hold a number of get-togethers throughout the year.

 

It is also our intention to hold a number of Workshops and Come and Sing events each year – keep an eye on our website for announcements.

REHEARSALS

Like many choirs, we rehearse during ‘terms’ which broadly correspond to school terms.

We rehearse every Tuesday from 7.30 to 9.30 in The Wantage Church of England Primary School, Newbury Street, Wantage OX12 8DJ. Concerts usually take place in The Church of St Peter and St Paul – Wantage Parish Church though we do use other churches and venues from time to time.

We regularly call on the services of professional soloists and orchestras.

Since Lockdown we have been rehearsing via Zoom every Tuesday evening 7.30 - 9.00pm. Currently we are rehearsing Puccini's Messa di Gloria and Rutter's The Sprig of Thyme. If you would like to join us, please contact the Secretary, Stella Clarke at wantagechoralsociety@gmail.com

JOIN US

 

We are always keen to welcome new members – Sopranos, Altos Tenors and Basses. There are no auditions, just come along and give it a go. If you can read music that’s great, but if you can’t, don’t worry.

We’re a cheerful and supportive bunch of people and you’ll be made to feel at home straightaway. We all sing because we love it and we’re sure you will as well.

To find out more, email the Chairman, Robin Dunford at wantagechoralsociety@gmail.com

 Alternatively, just come along to a rehearsal!

LISTEN TO THE CHOIR
Stabat Mater, PergolesiWCS
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