About the Choir
We are a mixed voice choir and currently have around 55 members who come mainly from the surrounding areas of North Worcestershire including the towns of Bromsgrove and Redditch, and local villages including Alvechurch, Blackwell, Cofton Hackett, and Rowney Green, as well as South Birmingham. Our society has a long history of choral singing and was founded in 1951 having developed from the local Women’s Institute Choir. Although many of the choir members have been with us for more years than they care to remember we also have a steady influx of new faces who are always made welcome. We rehearse on Monday evenings and please visit our join us page for more information.
We give three varied concerts per year at local venues:
Our main concert in the spring of each year features choral works – both classical and contemporary – with professional soloists and orchestral accompaniment. This often takes place in a dedicated local concert hall – many of our previous spring concerts have been held at Artrix in Bromsgrove and in March 2018 we were fortunate to present one of the first performances staged at the new Routh Concert Hall at Bromsgrove School.
In December we have a concert of carols and festive music and we sing lighter music at our summer concert in June. We often invite local ensembles and guest singers to join us at these two events which are generally held at our base at St. Andrews Church, Barnt Green. These are always popular with our audiences.
Take a look at what we will be singing at upcoming concerts on our Concerts page.
Highlights of recent years’ major concerts have included:
2014 First World War Centenary: The Armed Man – Karl Jenkins; Cantique de Jean Racine – Gabriel Faure; Agnus Dei (from Adagio for Strings) – Samuel Barber; In Remembrance – Eleanor Daley
2015 The Creation – Joseph Haydn
2016 A Baroque Concert: Magnificat – Pergolesi; Kantate 106 – Johann Sebastian Bach; Zadok the Priest – George Frederic Handel; Thou Knowest Lord – Henry Purcell; Gloria – Antonio Vivaldi
2017 Contemporary Classics: The Gift of Life – John Rutter; Sunrise Mass – Ola Gjeilo
2018 Great Mass in C Minor – Mozart; Te Deum – Dvorak
2019 Gloria – John Rutter; Jubilate – Bob Chilcott; Sing! – David Willcocks; Ecce Sacerdos Magnus – James MacMillan; Nun danket alle Gott – Johann Pachelbel; Te Deum Laudamus – C. Villiers Stanford
Our Musical Director is Steve Cowperthwaite. Read more about our Musical Director