Crowthorne Choral Society – Celebrating 50 Years
2017/18 was a special year for Crowthorne Choral Society as it celebrated its 50th Anniversary. We began with a hugely successful performance of Fauré’s much-loved Requiem in December. A Celebration of English Musicfollowed in March, including works by Stanford, Parry, Finzi and Holst, while the Summer Concert in June included Rutter’s Psalmfest. We rounded off the celebrations in the Autumn with a rousing performance of the Verdi Requiem by an augmented choir, including a large contingent of College students and guest singers from other choirs, in the newly built Annenberg Hall at Wellington College.
The Crowthorne Music Society was formed in 1967 to bring 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, we rehearse 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 Spring concert takes place in Wellington College Chapel, with either organ or small orchestra, while the Autumn concert combines the resources of the choir and College students and staff, to perform a large-scale work with full orchestra in the splendid new Annenberg Hall. The summer concert is more informal in style, with a lighter music programme.