Worcester Festival Choral Society

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One of England's most accomplished, independent classical choirs, Worcester Festival Choral Society has brought ‘the great choral works’ to Worcestershire since 1861. With a membership of around 150 auditioned singers trained by Worcester Cathedral’s Director of Music Samuel Hudson, the Society stages three major concerts each year in Worcester Cathedral, supported by professional orchestras and internationally renowned soloists. A popular annual ‘Come & Sing’ choral workshop each spring also gives non-members the chance to learn a choral masterpiece in a day. In addition, many members are selected to perform in the world-famous Three Choirs Festival chorus each summer. In the late 1890s the Society had close connections with Sir Edward Elgar and his family. Elgar conducted many of Worcester Festival Choral Society's concerts, led its orchestral band for a time, and premiered two of his choral works with the Society. Today Worcester Festival Choral Society concerts range from major masterpieces such as Mozart's Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Bach's St John Passion, to exciting new works from contemporary composers.

2022-23 SEASON CONCERTS 

Sat 26 November 2022: VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - A SEA SYMPHONY (Worcester Cathedral, 7.30pm)
Let Ralph Vaughan Williams's thrilling choral masterpiece A Sea Symphony take you on a ravishing musical voyage capturing the mighty power of the ocean, in this not-to-be-missed concert from the 150 voices of Worcester Festival Choral Society. Deepening the sea theme in this exciting concert is Frederick Delius's richly evocative choral work, Sea Drift. Complemented by the magnificent setting of Worcester Cathedral, and accompanied by the superb Meridian Sinfonia symphony orchestra, this exceptional concert features renowned soprano Sarah Fox and baritone Andrew Mayor, with Worcester Cathedral's director of music, Samuel Hudson conducting. Join us to celebrate this wonderful music in grand choral and orchestral style!

Sat 10 December 2022: HANDEL - MESSIAH  (Worcester Cathedral, 7.30pm)
Worcester Festival Choral Society’s annual performance of Handel’s glittering oratorio Messiah has become renowned as the region’s ultimate pre-Christmas concert. For more than 280 years, Messiah has held a unique place in the affections of music lovers across the world. Its compelling arias and many magnificent choruses – not least the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus and ‘For Unto Us a Child is Born’ – are among the most popular pieces of classical music ever written. Featuring the 150 voices of Worcester Festival Choral Society, the Meridian Sinfonia baroque orchestra and internationally acclaimed soloists (Philippa Hyde – soprano, Sarah Denbee - mezzo soprano, Tom Robson – tenor, Edward Grint - bass baritone) this major concert promises a memorable evening of glorious choral music in the majestic setting of Worcester Cathedral. Samuel Hudson, Worcester Cathedral’s director of music, conducts.

Sat 18 March 2023: ELGAR - THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS  (Worcester Cathedral, 7.30pm)
The Dream of Gerontius by Sir Edward Elgar, one of the choral world’s most vivid, stirring and popular compositions, is being brought to the magnificent surroundings of Worcester Cathedral by the 150 voices of Worcester Festival Choral Society. Depicting the final moments of ‘everyman’ Gerontius and the dramatic journey of his soul into the afterlife, this ravishing work, brimming with musical drama and emotion, established Worcestershire-born Elgar as the leading composer of his day. Accompanying the Chorus – one of England’s leading choirs of its kind – will be internationally acclaimed soloists (Marta Fontanals-Simmons - mezzo soprano / Angel, Mark Wilde - tenor / Gerontius, Njabulo Madlala - baritone / Priest & Angel of the Agony) and the superb Meridian Sinfonia orchestra, all under the baton of Worcester Cathedral's director of music Samuel Hudson.

CONCERT TICKETS FROM: www.wfcs.online or www.ticketsource.co.uk/wfcs or 0333 666 3366.

Enquiries from prospective new choir members (subject to vacancies), Patrons and corporate sponsors are welcome - visit https://www.wfcs.online/contact

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Charity Name: Worcester Festival Choral Society

Charity number: 506826

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