SAVE THE DATE: Christmas Concert, Monday 16 December

Previous concerts

Our May 2024 concert was an opportunity for the choir to sing a whole range of choral pieces with some solo items and readings as well. From some 16th century pieces, to Eric Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby, from Gerald Finzi’s My Spirit Sang All Day to Gershwin’s Summertime and songs performed by our own soloists: Angela Ashworth, Geoff Allan & Malcolm Parr. Ashley Marshfield also joined us to play some piano duets with our deputy musical director, Claire Sydenham.

We started 2024 with a wonderful community concert on Sunday 3 March, in collaboration with King's School Bruton pupils, staff and parents, and pupils from Bruton Primary School. We were joined by mezzo soprano Louise Innes, to perform John Rutter's Feel the Spirit, a collection of spiritual arrangements in a jazzy upbeat style. The performance was directed by Ashley Marshfield, Director of Music at King's.

In 2023 we performed three concerts to celebrate our 30th anniversary year:

  • December 2023: Seasonal music by J S Bach and Born a King by William Lloyd Webber. Featuring trumpet soloist Eliza Talman and Ashley Marshfield on the organ.

  • May 2023: Excerpts from Vivaldi's Gloria, operatic works by Verdi and a medley of songs from the Rogers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma.

  • March 2023: Fauré's Requiem and Cantique de Jean Rancine, and Panis Angelicus by Franck. Guest conducted by Arturo Serna.

Our previous concerts have included a range of traditional and modern choral music from composers such as Elgar, Handel, John Rutter, Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre and George Gershwin.

We have welcomed guest musicians and soloists including Cecilia De Maria, Kirsten Mulcahy, the Sir Godfrey Kneller Brass Ensemble and Faelan Sydenham.

Christmas concert 2024

This autumn we will start rehearsing for our Christmas Concert. This will be held on Monday 16 December in St Mary’s Church, Bruton. Our rehearsals will focus on Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas Cantata which we will be performed in the first half of the concert in a slightly abridged version. The score includes strings, piano duet, organ and a really exciting percussion part. The second part of the concert will be full of familiar Christmas carols, some with audience participation, readings and solos. We look forward to welcoming back Arturo Serna as guest conductor for this concert. Tickets will go on sale in the autumn.