Bruton Choral Society’s first rehearsal following the summer break will be on Wednesday 13 September at 7.30pm at King’s School, Bruton.
2017/18 marks our 25th year of bringing live choral music to the local community, and our musical director, Barbara Jenkinson, is currently planning an exciting programme of works for this very special time in the society’s history.
Our Christmas Concert on Monday 18 December at St. Mary’s Church will include the first part of Mendelssohn’s Oratorio Christus, music by American composer Randall Thompson as well as many traditional Christmas favourites. On this occasion we will be joined by soprano soloist Angela Ashworth.
This event will be preceded by Choral and Brass Spectacular – a combined concert of local choirs and brass on Saturday 14 October, featuring Jeff Purtle and David Bertie on trumpets. In this concert BCS will join forces with St Mary’s Church choir. The season culminates in a gala concert in May 2018 to celebrate our silver anniversary.
Pictures of our concerts and lists of what we sang are on the Gallery pages.
Our Summer Concert was on 20 May 2017 at Kings’ Bruton and presented a programme of music for choir and brass. We were pleased to be joining with The Godfrey Kneller Brass Ensemble (directed by David Bertie) for this event, which featured a lively mix of Renaissance and Contemporary music. We were also joined by soprano soloist: Maria Marton, in the Jubilate by Bob Chilcott. Other music featured included Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir and works by Gabrieli, Pitoni and Viadana.
Each December we sing our Carols by Candlelight concert, either at Bruton School for Girls or in St Mary's church
in 2016 our concert was in May at King's School, where the music included Mozart's Regina Coeli K127, George Dyson: Three Songs of Praise and songs from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. The concert also featured cello soloist Arturo Serna.
In May 2015 at King's School, we sang the Haydn Missa Brevis in F, and George Shearing's songs and sonnets.
Before that was Rutter's Magnificat on Sunday 16 November 2014 when we joined the King's choir at King's School.
In May 2014 we were in the Memorial Hall at King's School, when we sang Vivaldi's Gloria and Bob Chilcott's Little Jazz Mass.
At the tea-concert in November 2013 in the Longhouse a packed audience was treated to a performance of light music. The music was followed by tea and scrumptious cakes with vintage china.
In November 2013 we joined the choir of King’s School (plus an orchestra) to sing Fauré's Requiem.