One of the region's most accomplished and friendly independent classical choirs, Worcester Festival Choral Society has brought ‘the great choral works’ to Worcestershire since 1861. With a membership of around 140 auditioned singers trained by Worcester Cathedral’s director of music Dr Peter Nardone, 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 gives non-members the chance to learn a choral masterpiece in a day. Many members are also selected to participate in the world-famous Three Choirs Festival chorus each summer. In the late 1890s the Society had close associations with Sir Edward Elgar, who conducted concerts and wrote two works for it, as well as several members of his family singing as members. Today Worcester Festival Choral Society concerts range from major masterpieces such as Verdi’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah, to exciting new works from contemporary composers such as Lauridsen and Dove. Enquiries from prospective new members (subject to existing numbers), patrons and corporate sponsors are welcome.