Past Performances


Christmas Oratorio by Bob Chilcott - Winter Concert

Sat, 4 Dec 2021


This Concert was performed on Saturday 4th December 2021.
The concert was conducted by our Musical Director, Howard Sayer. Our accompanist for the concert Was Richard Lennox.
The concert featured Bob Chilcott's Christmas Oratorio and included performances by Weston Choral, Worle School Youth Choir, Soloists:Peter Davoran (Evangelist), Kate Eastment (Mary), Luke Johnson (Herod) and orchestral accompaniment by Ensemble Inspirita.

Faure Requiem - Winter Concert

Sat, 30 Nov 2019


This Concert was performed on Saturday 30th November 2019.
The concert was conducted by our Musical Director, Howard Sayer. Our accompanist for the concert Was Richard Lennox.
The concert featured Faure's Requiem and music from France and included performances by Weston Choral, Worle Village Primary School KS2 Choir, Jamie W Hall (baritone soloist) - who stood in and sung truly magificently at the very last moment due to Thomas Humphreys' illness, Kate Eastment (soprano soloist), Natalie Page (cello) and Ensemble Inspirita.

Rutter's Gloria and Haydn's Te Deum - Singing Day Workshop

Sat, 28 Sep 2019

Mass in Blue and Songs of Peace by Will Todd - Summer Concert

Sat, 8 Jun 2019


This Concert was performed on Saturday 8th June 2019.
The concert was conducted by our Musical Director, Howard Sayer.
The concert featured Will Todd's Mass in Blue, and Songs of Peace and included performances by Weston Choral, Worle Youth Choir, Will Todd and his ensemble, Martha McLorinan (soprano soloist) and Tessa Ractliffe (saxophone).
 

Journey to Bethlehem - Winter Concert

Sat, 8 Dec 2018


This Concert was performed on Saturday 28th December 2018.
The concert was conducted by our Musical Director, Howard Sayer.
The concert featured music for Christmas and included performances by Weston Choral, Worle Village Primary School KS2 Choir and Daniel Robinson (cello).

Kings, Queens and Dukes - Singing Day Workshop

Sat, 29 Sep 2018

BRILLIANT !!

The cakes were delicious, the singing right royally rousing and the entertainment endless.... In the end we had just over 90 singers signed up for our second singing day "Kings Queens and Dukes" - most made it to the event and everyone had a brilliant time!
We sang Coronation anthems including "Zadok the Priest" and "I was glad" as well as Duke Ellington pieces from the 'Sacred Concert' and "It don't mean a thing"... "swing, swing, swing Yeah!"
If you didn't get involved, watch out for the next one it will be worth it!
Well done to all who attended and special thanks to the helpers and bakers who helped make it such a great success!

Here's what we did in September 2018....

Come and join Weston Choral and Highbridge and Burnham Choral Society for a singing day entitled Kings, Queens and Dukes.
Under our guest conductor, David Ogden and pianist, we will rehearse and perform music composed for royal occasions ('I was glad', 'Zadok the priest', to be included) and music by Duke Ellington (music from the Sacred concert and 'It don’t mean a thing', to be included).

David is a professional conductor and composer who has conducted choirs on BBC radio, and his music is broadcast regularly. He is Choral Music Adviser for the BBC’s hit series Call The Midwife, and worked with the Royal Mail Choir in the BBC Two series The Choir; Sing While You Work.

He conducts numerous choirs in the Bristol area including the City of Bristol Choir, Exultate Singers and the Bristol Youth Choir.



It was an exciting and rousing day of singing where we worked on these pieces from scratch and culminated in a relaxed performance at the end of the day.

Our venue was St Mark’s Church in Worle (5 minutes from Junction 21 on M5).

Vivaldi Gloria, Sprituals and more - Spring Concert

Sat, 12 May 2018


This Concert was performed on Saturday 12th May 2018.
The concert was conducted by our Musical Director, Howard Sayer.
The concert included performances by the joint choirs of Weston Choral, Worle School Youth Choir and the Ensemble Inspirita orchestra. Soloists were Kate Eastment (soprano) and Margaret Hopes (mezzo soprano).

 

Modern Choral Classics - Winter Concert

Sat, 25 Nov 2017


This Concert was performed on Saturday 25th November 2017.
The concert was conducted by our Musical Director, Howard Sayer.
The concert featured music composed within the last 50 years and included performances by Weston Choral, Worle Village Primary School KS2 Choir and Rhys Whatty (Harp).




 

The Glory and the Glamour - Singing Day Workshop

Sat, 20 May 2017


We had a Fabulous Day Singing the majestic Vivaldi Gloria and some brilliant vocal arrangements of James Bond songs....!
 On Saturday 20th May 2017 we joined forces with Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society and other local singers to have our first singing day workshop. We had David Ogden as our guest conductor. David is well known in Bristol for his work with Exultate who have sung on the BBCs Songs of Praise. You can read more about David by clicking here to view his website.

On the day we had around 80 singers and the whole event went very well indeed - we had lots of positive comments regarding the welcome people received, good organisation, choice of music etc.  David Ogden was brilliant gave lots of encouragement and helpful direction as well as being very humourous...

The idea of the singing workshop days is to extend our repertoire and learn some new music in a day. We rehearse morning and afternoon and end with a very informal concert. Having a guest conductor will teach us new techniques and give us different insights into how we sing and perform. We don't have to be note perfect or polished by the end of the day.....although we will work hard to get it as good as possible in the time allowed. To support singers who may be a little worried about the music reading aspect the parts for our first piece, Vivaldi's Gloria was made available on our website via the Fletcher's link...and Howard kindly provided an introductory support session in between our Armed Man concert on May 6th and May 20th. As a total contrast David will also led us in a selection of vocal arrangements of James Bond themes...hence our workshop title' The Glory and the Glamour'.

The cost of the day was £15. This covered hiring our conductor, pianist, music and the venue, St Mark's Church, Queensway, Worle.

Many people were very keen to attend future Singing Day Workshops and therefore a lot of thought is now going into planning the next one!  All in all a thoroughly uplifting, educational, entertaining and rewarding experience all round.

The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace - Spring Concert

Sat, 6 May 2017


The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace
This Concert was performed on Saturday 6th May 2017.
The concert was conducted by our Musical Director, Howard Sayer.
The concert featured drama, visual imagery and lighting effects, orchestra and was sung by the joint choirs of Weston Choral and Worle School Youth Choir.

Weston Choral gratefully acknowledges the very generous financial contribution made towards the cost of this concert by David Nock, one of our members, in memory of his wife Eileen, also one of our members for many years.

Programme extracts are shown below.




 

Ring Out Wild Bells - Music for the Christmas Season - Concert

Sat, 10 Dec 2016


This concert was performed on Saturday 10th December 2016.
The concert was  conducted by our Musical Director, Howard Sayer.
The concert featured many carols and Christmas themed pieces.
Programme extracts are shown below.




Songs and Sonnets by George Shearing and Requiem by John Rutter - Concert

Sat, 7 May 2016


This concert was performed on Saturday May 7th 2016.
The concert was  conducted by our Musical Director, Howard Sayer.
The Concert featured George Shearing's Songs and Sonnets to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and the beautiful Rutter Requiem. Programme extracts are shown below...





Darkness Into Light - Winter Concert

Sat, 28 Nov 2015


Darkness into Light was performed on Saturday November 28th 2015.
This was the first Weston Choral concert to be conducted by our new Musical
Director, Howard Sayer. We were also very pleased to welcome Worle Youth
Choir who collaborated with us for this concert.




Weston Choral 150th Anniversary Concert

Sat, 25 Apr 2015


Our 150th Anniversary concert was performed on Saturday 25th April 2015 at the Blakehay theatre in Weston Super Mare. The concert featured well loved opera choruses and was conducted by Musical Director Ray Willis. It was Ray's last concert with the society.  Soloists included Anne Stanford (soprano), Pamela Rudge (contralto), Roland Kitchen (tenor), and Stephen Foulkes (bass) as well as a 14 piece orchestra.

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