We are a society of about one hundred and ten amateur singers who stage, on average, four choral concerts in and around Swindon each year, and in our 80 year history have performed most of the major choral repertoire, as well as a number of specially-commissioned works.
Most Recent BIG Concert
The March 2016 concert in Marlborough College Chapel gave us the opportunity to sing Mozart's great C Minor Mass, accompanied by Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise. Elizabeth Atherton and Elizabeth Donovan, together with Alexander James Edwards and Alex Jones, led us with some magnificent solo singing, ably accompanied by the Oxford Sinfonia, inspiring the audience to contribute generously to the Marlborough Brandt Group as they left the Chapel.
2015 Major Work
Our March 2015 concert featured Dvořák's little-known but powerfully moving Requiem, pictured in rehearsal above in the chapel at Marlborough College. Together with Soloists Elizabeth Atherton, Diana Moore, James Edwards and Quentin Hayes, with the Oxford Symphony Orchestra, chorus members felt that we produced one of our best ever performances.
2014 Major Work
Our March 2014 concert featured a major victorian work, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, in the magnificent victorian chapel at Marlborough College. Soloists Gaynor Keeble, James Oxley and Quentin Hayes, together with the Oxford Symphony Orchestra, combined with the Chorus to produce a performance that audience members emerging afterwards described as "deeply moving" and "powerfully dramatic". To read a full review see our Reviews page.
Our recent world premier of Atlantic Odyssey, played to a full house, was filmed and recorded live, and a clip of the start of the performance may be seen at Vimeo
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Past performances include the Passions of Bach, Requiems from Mozart to Rutter by way of Howard Goodall's Eternal Light, Britten's War Requiem, and many familiar oratorios, notably, A Child Of Our Time and The Dream of Gerontius, and most recently the first half of The Christmas Oratorio. The Armed Man, by Karl Jenkins has also featured. For a complete list of our concerts, please visit our Concerts pages.
We enjoy performing with professional orchestras and soloists. We have worked with The London Mozart Players (under Jane Glover), the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, the West Forest Sinfonia, the Chameleon Arts Orchestra and, very recently, the Reading Symphony Orchestra.
The Society also incorporates the Swindon Chorale, an increasingly active and dedicated group providing sacred and secular music by request for weddings, funerals, fund-raising concerts for ourselves and others, together with other events.
Next Concert: Musique Française:Poulenc: Gloria
Saturday 01 April 2017
Gounod: St Cecilia Mass
Poulenc: Organ Concerto
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