Worcester Festival Choral Society


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 such as J.Willcocks, Lauridsen and Dove.


Sat 19 March 2022, BACH’s ST JOHN PASSION - Worcester Cathedral, 7.30pm: The 150 voices of Worcester Festival Choral Society close their landmark 160th anniversary season with Bach's glittering choral masterpiece, St John Passion... one of the greatest sacred choral works that is by turns evocative, stirring, exultant and profoundly moving. More details and tickets from https://www.wfcs.online/upcoming-concerts

Sat 23 April 2022, VIVALDI’s GLORIA & RUTTER’s GLORIA - St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Pump St Worcester, WR1 2QT, 9.30am – 4.45pm: Do you love singing? Come and join other amateur singers from across the country for this exciting, one-day choral workshop, hosted by Worcester Festival Choral Society. More details and tickets from https://www.wfcs.online/come-and-sing-events

Concert tickets are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/wfcs or 0333 666 3366. Enquiries from prospective new members (subject to existing numbers), Patrons and corporate sponsors are welcome. 


Charity Name: Worcester Festival Choral Society

Charity number: 506826

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