After a long haitus, The Wychwood Chorale met to sing again once restrictions were lifted. On a balmy evening in July singers gathered in the beautiful grounds of Kingham Lodge to sing some old favourites (and a new piece!). It was lovely to be singing as a group again - for many of us, singing has been paused for over a year, and coming together as a choir was a momentous occasion.
We will be singing together again on 17th August at Kingham Lodge and welcome anyone who'd like to sing with us - current members, those who haven't sung with us for a while, and anybody new who'd like to come for a taster session.
There are two upcoming Come and Sing Days which people might be interested in as follows:
Spem in Alium Choral Workshop with the Oxford Bach Choir
Saturday 16 May 10 - 4.30 2020
Merton College, Oxford
Performing Thomas Tallis’s monumental 40-part motet in Merton College Chapel under the direction of Benjamin Nicholas, their Music Director and the Merton College Director of Music.
Tickets £25 (students £10)
Brahms' Requiem with the Woodstock Music Society
Saturday 30 May 10 - 5 2020
St Mary Magdalene Church, Woodstock
Numbers 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7, using the New Novello edition (apparently the words are different in the old one, but at least it will be in English and not German!).
Guest conductor Nicholas Cleobury.
Tickets £20 (students £10)
There will be a voluntary collection in aid of The Lawrence Home Nursing Team and All Saints' Church, Churchill, at our next concert on Saturday, 28th March.
Recordings from our last concert (December 2019) are now available on our YouTube channel,
alongside videos and recordings from previous concerts.
We're absolutely delighted to announce that we raised over £3000 in donations at our concerts last year.
It's a huge achievement, not just for our choir members but for our audience members who continue to support us at each concert.
Thank you so much to everybody who has contributed - the charities that we support are in need of our help, and the money raised makes an enormous difference.
For choir members who are interested, Singing for Syrians will be holding their next Come and Sing event on Saturday, 18th January at 11am. The event will be held at St Sepulchre's Church in Farringdon, London, and will be hosted by the Brandenburg Choral Festival.
David Wordsworth will conduct two pieces: Howard Goodall's 'The Gravity of Kindness: A Christmas Meditation' (the composer will also be present to talk about his piece), and Vivaldi's 'Gloria', one of the most renowned choral pieces of all time.
There will be an informal concert in the afternoon which can be attended by family and friends.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, please visist https://singingforsyrians.com/.
This term, we'll be performing a new carol, Ring the Bells (Paul Fincham) in support of homeless charity Crisis (https://www.crisis.org.uk/). The composer is donating his royalties to Crisis so every performance contributes towards the charity's plan to end homelessness. The London Philharmonic Choir, who commissioned the piece, recently announced that there will be 50 performances of the carol this year by 39 different choirs, and we're very pleased to be one of them.
For more information about the project, visit https://lpc.org.uk/
The performance will be part of our concert on 7th December at St Mary's Church, Chipping Norton, 7.30pm.