WESTBURY & DISTRICT CHORAL SOCIETY

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Covid-19

During lockdown periods rehearsals are taking place online.  Out of lockdown, depending on Wiltshire's tier level rehearsals are taking place in person in a Covid-safe environment.  Unfortunately our spring and Christmas concerts 2020 were cancelled.  Our spring concert 2021 has been postponed until April 2022, however we hope to be able to put on a short summer concert in July 2021.  Our income has been affected as a result of not holding concerts or fundraising events; as such, if you would like to make a donation in place of a usual concert ticket please make a bank transfer to:

Sort code: 309913

Account no: 00941904

Account name: Westbury & District Choral Society

If you are able to Gift Aid your donation please send us an email so that the relevant form can be sent to you.

Thank you

Sad News

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of our former accompanist, Stephen Cooke, on 8th October 2020.  Stephen was with us for 23 years 1991-2013.  Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

'Friends of Westbury Choral'

Friends can pay £20 per year to obtain discounted tickets to our Christmas and spring concerts, and invitations to our social events.  Contact us if you are interested in this.

Imber Festival of Carols

It is a great privilege to be asked to perform at the Imber Festival of Carols, which is now an annual event for us.  The event is a great celebration of the village that was evacuated over 70 years ago and it was fantastic to be part of this important occasion.  The choir always looks forward to this event.

Christmas Concert

Westbury Choral give annual Christmas Concerts.  If you missed the last one recordings are available here.

Spring Concert

Our hugely successful spring concerts are a regular feature in the calendar.  If you missed the latest one listen again to some of it here.

Come and Sing

        Now a regular event, usually held in January each year, sometimes with one in September too.  See the Events page for details on the next one.

Westbury Music and

Arts Festival

We were very excited to put on a joint performance as part of Westbury Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with Matravers School and The Wiltshire Council Singers on opening night, Friday 25th September 2015.

Encore!

A great concert was held on 20 September 2014 featuring Westbury Choral, Upavon Military Wives choir, and some local soloists.  Over £400 was raised for Westbury Methodist Church.  Thank you to all involved.

Workshop with

Grenville Jones

 

Grenville Jones, the renowned choral conductor, has been to Westbury Choral!  He ran an entertaining workshop aimed at both singers and non-singers of all ages, on 14th June 2014. 

The workshop was followed by a concert featuring the workshop choir with Bath Male Choir, participants in the BBC's Last Choir

Standing.

70th Anniversary Imber Commemoration

        As part of Westbury Music and Arts Festival 2013, Westbury Choral were delighted to be invited to perform at Edington Priory at the Commemoration Service for

        the 70th Anniversary of the evacuation of Imber village.

Salisbury Christmas Market

We performed a few unaccompanied pieces and carols in the Guildhall Square, Salisbury as part of the Christmas Market Saturday 1st December 2012.

Amesbury Concert

Another great concert was held in conjunction with Amesbury Town Band on 22nd September 2012.  Click here to listen.

Jubilee Concert

Westbury Choral took part in a celebration concert for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on 2nd June 2012.  Performed works included Britten's The National Anthem; Mathias' Let the people praise thee, O God; Parry's I Was Glad; and a newly commissioned work Exsultate Jubilate by Luke Whitlock.

Westbury Music and

Arts Festival

Westbury Choral performed works by Handel, Stainer, Rutter, and Mathias in a highly successful concert at All Saints Parish Church, as part of the Westbury Music and Arts Festival in October 2011.  A photo of the choir is available here.  For details of future concerts see our Events page.

Available for  Weddings

A small group of singers from Westbury Choral is available to sing at local wedding services, Christmas and special events.  Our fee is £100-£200 plus expenses: please contact us to discuss your requirements and confirm fees.

AGM

We are always looking for people to join the Committee or to take on small jobs without being a Committee member.  If you are interested in this please contact us and come to our AGM.  See the Events page for the next date (usually in May).

Publicity

We are always looking for new members and for a big audience at our concerts. The best way of recruiting new members is via word of mouth so please spread the word about us.  If you can help by displaying leaflets or posters, please take some at our rehearsals, or contact Luke Pickett to obtain some.

Click here to view our latest publicity leaflet.

Events

There are lots of exciting forthcoming events. 

Check out our Events page for further details.

If you have any suggestions for future concerts or events, please contact Luke Pickett.

Recordings

Recordings of concerts are made where possible.  You can listen to the recordings online by clicking here.

If you have any news or other interesting material, please let the Webmaster know so that it can be published.  Page updated 25 November 2020.

 

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