Wimbledon Choral Society
 
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14
Nov
2020
Handel : Messiah (Postponed)
Southwark Cathedral
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19
Dec
2020
Christmas Concert (TBC)
St Paul's, Southfields
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27
Mar
2021
Spring Concert
Southwark Cathedral
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WCS goes virtual again!
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* Please check back here regularly for information regarding the 2020-21 season *
 
Update 8 September 2020
Choir Members : Rehearsals during the initial couple of months of the new season will be managed via online Zoom sessions, the details for which will be issued via your voice reps.   Site surveys and discussions are taking place with the various rehearsal venues that we use to determine the options open to us for some form of safe return to singing together in the same venue.
 
Update 28 August 2020
Choir Members : The suspension of any 'physical' rehearsals in the usual venue remains in place until further notice.   A newsletter is due to be issued in the coming days with information about how we will be approaching the 2020-21 season.
 
Please note:  The AGM will now take place on Monday 7th September (earlier than usual) and will operate as a virtual session over the internet.   Details of the start time, how to connect to the session and the associated documents for the AGM will be sent out by email next week.
 
Previous updates can be be found by clicking on the Coronavirus Status banner above.
  
  
Welcome to Wimbledon Choral Society and our website. We are a choir of 180 or so members drawn from a wide range of ages, professions and backgrounds, and have a reputation for giving concerts of the highest quality presented with professional soloists and orchestras.   
 
"Where some amateur choruses can give the impression of dutiful performers, how heartening it was to see singers of all ages who clearly adore singing."    
Mark Pullinger, www.bachtrack.com
 
"... one of the most substantial and formidable choirs in London ... a vigorous and sophisticated choral ensemble ..."    
 
"... the impressive Wimbledon Choral Society ..."    
Barry Millington, Evening Standard
 
"Wimbledon Choral Society make a lovely sound - clean, clear and bright.  The uninhibited expressivity of those who sing for pleasure with no payment is distinct from the polished virtuosity of the professional choir.  Scan the faces of the singers, here more than 200, and all you see is pride and excitement, a sense of investment and ownership [that] was justified in this concert."    
Anna Picard, The Times
 
"The Wimbledon Choral Society were magnificent.  Nothing seemed out of place - the women angelic, the men monastic - the intonation and timing exquisite. Neil Ferris controlled the chorus, soloists and Philharmonia impeccably."    
Marc Bridle, Opera Today
 
Click here to read more feedback we've had about our performances.
 
The season runs from September to June and typically consists of three main concerts in major venues in and around London and a local Christmas concert in the Wimbledon area.  As well as promoting its own concerts, the choir is invited regularly to participate in other events with several of Britain’s leading orchestras and in collaboration with other choirs.  The 2020/21 season starts on Monday 7th September.  See our Join Us page for further details of when potential new members normally would be welcome to come along.
 
This season begins in the whirlpool that is the Covid-19 pandemic and all the associated and somewhat unclear guidelines, regulations and differing opinions on the safety of singing in large groups, with or without audiences.  The period up to Christmas 2020 remains very fluid and we will continue to monitor the options available to us.  Please return here on a regular basis to see our updated plans.  The planned performance of Handel's Messiah in Cadogan Hall in mid-November has been postponed with the decision taken that whenever our first public concert is able to be staged it will be the Messiah.   We look forward to welcoming you back whenever that occasion takes place.
 
Clips featuring and about the choir can be found on the Hear Us page.   Whether you are interested in hearing usjoining ussupporting us or hiring us, please follow the links above or contact us.   If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest concert news and promotional offers then please join our mailing list.
 
Please also consider supporting us with your online shopping.   It won't cost you a penny but would help us enormously to maintain our high level of quality in our performances and other projects.  Further details on how to do this can be found here.   One notable project at present is funding the recording of our 100th anniversary commission, Cecilia McDowall's Da Vinci Requiem in April 2021.  If you would like to find out more about this endeavour then please visit this page.
 
Wimbledon Choral Society is a registered charity in England & Wales (No. 263150) with a Constitution, approved by the Charity Commission.    The Annual Report and associated annual Accounts Statement are approved at the Society's AGM and are published and made available on the Charity Commission's website for public viewing.   
 
 
 
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