Spring Concert 2018
G F Handel: 'Messiah'
Hampstead Chamber Orchestra, leader Katie Holmes.
With Benedict Lewis-Smith, Continuo.
Conductor: Patrick Allies
Saturday 24th March, 2018 at 7.30pm
Pre-concert talk by Dr. Katie Bank 6.30pm
Great Hall, University of Reading,
London Road Campus, Reading RG1 5AQ
(How to get there)
Licensed bar available from 6:30pm
(£5 for students and under 18s, free for under 5s)
Information Centre, Town Hall, Wokingham (Get there);
or Newbury Building Society, Wokingham (Get there);
or Jay Design & Print, Wokingham (Get there)
or by email
or online from TicketSource (Booking fee applies)
or from choir members,
or on the door before the concert.
Please download the full concert leaflet if you want to send or give a copy to a friend.
Staging concerts involves a big team effort and you can join the team even if you don't sing in the choir. If you enjoy our concerts, can help to support our activities, and would like a closer relationship with WCS, we invite you to join one of our support schemes for this season.
The 'Friends & Patrons' programme has been updated for the 2017-2018 season.
Find out how you can become a Friend or Patron of WCS.
Alternatively send an email to Jenny.
WCS presented cheques to three charities, totalling £472.50, from a retiring collection made at the WCS concert in December 2017. The charities were Keep Mobile, WADE and Crossroads Care. Mayor of Wokingham, Cllr. Peter Lucey also attended as two of the charities (Keep Mobile, WADE) are the Mayor's Charities this year.
1st Feb 2018
WCS Chamber Choir, a smaller group of singers drawn from the main choir, is available to perform at weddings, funerals, receptions, parties or any other special event. We can help to select suitable works to enhance that special occasion.
It depends on the number of singers and your choice of music, but the suggested donation can be as little as £200.
"The WCS choir was just amazing and greatly enhanced our own efforts in such a large church. I strongly recommend this group." MP, Wokingham
"The choir's performance was as professional as ever and really added that special something. We would be happy to recommend you." KK, Windsor
"You were amazing...hearing the beautiful sound was truly lovely." HM, Reading
Bach: St. John Passion "The subtlety of interpretation from the
combined musical resources resulted in a profoundly uplifting experience in an ideal setting."
Purcell: Dido & Aeneas "The choir engaged
the audience with clear diction and remarkable dynamic contrasts."
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor "Another triumph
for Wokingham Choral Society..deservedly acknowledged by the audience with rapturous applause."
Handel: Dixit Dominus "...makes daunting demands upon
the human voice, more akin to orchestral writing. The performance took the choir to a new level of achievement."
Mendelssohn: Elijah "A heavenly chorus
uses energy to retell Mendelssohn's Elijah..."
Bach Mass in B minor "...a stunning performance
of Bach's monumental Mass in B minor.
The rapt attention of the audience and its exuberant applause spoke volumes."
African Sanctus "...their performance of
African Sanctus by David Fanshawe was electrifying.
The singers were wonderful, especially the choirs' sopranos rendering war dance notes."
Mozart Requiem "...captured Mozart's exploration
of the range of emotions roused by an acute awareness of mortality."
Bach Christmas Oratorio "...well balanced and incisive
and captured perfectly the contrasting moods of the reflective chorales and the distinctive choruses."
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Wokingham Choral Academy is a non-auditioned, mixed, training choir for anyone over 18 years who wants to start singing, keep learning or revisit existing singing skills.
For further information visit the Academy website by clicking 'Academy' in the menu at the top of this page or click www.singwca.org.
Wokingham Choral Society wishes to recruit a Musical Director, to succeed Patrick Allies, who will leave us in August 2018.
We invite you to a Choral Workshop featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, at The Holt School, Holt Lane, Wokingham RG41 1EE
on Saturday 21st April, 10.30am-4pm.
The workshop will be led by the renowned tenor Richard Robbins and costs £20 per person, including music to keep. Bring a packed lunch. Tea and cake will be provided in the afternoon break.
For more information download the leaflet. To reserve your place please download and return the booking form before 18th April.
You are welcome to join one or two rehearsals before making any decisions.
Listen to and see WCS in rehearsal, filmed in 2017. Hear from our Musical Director and several members of the choir.
- Spring 2018 Music
- Jan-Mar rehearsal schedule
- 2017-2018 Membership Forms
- 2017/2018 Dates
- Winchester Tour postscript
Note: Programmes for future events are subject to change.
Sat 24th Mar, 2018, 7.30pm
Great Hall, Univ. of Reading
Sat 21st Apr, 2018, 10.30am
The Holt School, Wokingham
Sat 23rd Jun, 2018, 7.30pm
Rutter, Gilbert & Sullivan and other operettas
All Saints' Church, Wokingham
Sat 10th Nov, 2018, 7.30pm
Mozart: Requiem, Haydn: 'Cello Concerto, Gjeilo: Serenity
Sat 15th Dec, 2018, 7.30pm
Christmas Carol Concert
Sat 23rd Mar, 2019, 7.30pm
Dvorak: Stabat Mater
Sat 22nd Jun, 2019, 7.30pm
See more details of WCS Future Programme.