Member Groups > Stevenage Choral Society

There have been music societies in Stevenage for 60 years or more, but the present Choral Society has a history dating from 1948. The Music Society (as it was called in the early years) has presented concerts, both by its own choral and orchestral groups, and by professional performers. For many years the President was the late Elizabeth Poston, the composer who lived at Rooks Nest in Stevenage.

The Chorus was formed in 1967 as a large scale mixed voice choir, mainly to perform choral works from the classical repertoire. The Chorus has never had less than 40 members, and at times membership has been as high as 120. Current membership is around 75.

We pride ourselves on a varied and interesting musical repertoire. For an idea of the general style of music we perform, see below:

Classical concerts have included Brahm's German Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Haydn's Creation and his Nelson Mass as well as Duruflé's Requiem. In 2015 we performed the Beethoven Mass in C and performed Vaughan William's Dona Nobis Pacem in the summer as part of the Stevenage Festival this year. In the 2016 season we will perform the St. John Passion by J.S. Bach.

In terms of modern works we've performed The Armed Man and The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins, Rejoice in the Lamb and Missa Brevis by Benjamin Britten, Zimbe and Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose by Alexander L'Estrange in recent years. In the summer of 2016 we will perform the Jazz Mass in Blue by Will Todd.

The Choir performs with both amateur and professional soloists and orchestras. We have also participated in four concerts in the Royal Albert Hall in London, together with 14 other Hertfordshire Choirs, performing Britten's War Requiem in 1994, and Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in 1999, Verdi's Requiem in 2003 and the Grande Messe des Morts by Hector Berlioz in 2007.

If you would like to come along to our rehearsals, we would love to see you - they take place every Monday at 7.45pm in the Stevenage Music Centre, Mobbsbury Road, Stevenage SG2 0HS - all voices welcome!

 

Stevenage Choral Society

Stevenage Choral Society

 

Contact :
Secretary
Tel: 01438 365769

Meets :
Monday 7:45pm at the Stevenage Music Centre, SG2 0HS

Website :
www.stevenagechoral.org.uk