Crowthorne Choral Society – Celebrating 50 Years
2017/18 is a special year for Crowthorne Choral Society, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Crowthorne Music Society was formed in 1967 as a way of bringing together the College and the people of Crowthorne through choral music. Amazingly, a few of those original members still sing with us today (see Past Performances).
The choir later became Crowthorne Choral Society, but the strong link with the College remained, and is still an integral part of who we are. Our Musical Directors have all been Directors of Music in College, and students and staff regularly perform with us in our concerts, which all take place in venues within the College. We are constantly aware of the invaluable support and privilege we enjoy through this long association.
We perform three concerts a year, from a wide repertoire. The Autumn concert takes place in Wellington College Chapel, with either organ or small orchestra, while the Spring concert combines the resources of the choir, students, staff and parents, to perform a large-scale work with full orchestra, and usually includes a concerto performed by a College student. The summer concert is more informal in style, with a lighter music programme.
We have an exciting programme planned for our 50th Anniversary year. We began with a hugely successful performance of Fauré’s Requiem in December. March 2018 will bring a Celebration of English Music including works by Stanford, Parry, Finzi and Holst, while the Summer Concert in June will include Rutter’s Psalmfest. We will round off the celebrations in the Autumn with a rousing performance of the Verdi Requiem in the newly built Concert Hall at Wellington College.