Welcome to our website which we hope will provide you with the information you are seeking and perhaps encourage you join us as a singing member, a friend or sponsor of the Society or supporting our concerts as a member of the audience.
We have a copy of the programme of the Society's first concert which was held at the Lecture Hall in Woodbridge on 6th February 1883, so we go back a long time! Although we are proud of our long history and recognise our reliance on the "classical" choral works, we are keen also to select modern musical works to widen and sometimes challenge our singers and audiences.
We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at Kyson School in Woodbridge in the autumn term [September to December] in preparation for a Christmas concert and in the winter/spring term [January to April] for an Easter concert.
The Society has a first class committee who share in the planning of the future programme, the arrangements for rehearsals and concerts, appointing soloists and fixing orchestras for our concerts, arranging social events and of course budgeting and controlling expenditure.
The largest and indeed the most "tricky" concert we have ever done in Benjamin Britten's War Requiem on 10th November 2018 in Snape Maltings. We had singers join us from other choirs and even from Germany. They were greatly appreciated. The performance was truly magnificent. The concert was a sell out and is one that we'll never forget.
WCS is a very friendly group, we really enjoy our weekly rehearsals and, of course, many of us enjoy a drink in the pub afterwards!
In the summer of last year we took a five day trip to Porto and sang in a number of their beautiful churches.
Director of Music. We are very fortunate to have Andrew Leach as our Musical Director. Andrew has been with us for 20 years now and has completely transformed the choir, the number of singers has increased so that we are now one of the biggest choirs in the area. Furthermore our standards continue to rise and we take on ever more demanding works. Andrew is a gifted musician and conductor and an inspiring teacher; in 2014 he retired as Director of Music for Ipswich School but remains active in assisting school music departments, teaching budding instrumentalists and giving piano recitals.
Andrew has directed us in eight concerts at Snape Maltings and our next one will be in Spring 2020 when we will sing Mendelssohn's Elijah..
Accompanist. Peter Willsher is our very popular pianist who provides the rehearsal accompaniment and often plays the piano, harpsichord or organ at our concerts.
President. We were very pleased to appoint Julian Royle as our President; Julian, a successful business man, retired to Woodbridge with Sarah his wife. Julian's first wife was the renowned opera singer Elizabeth Harwood, who sadly died in 1990; in accordance with her wishes, Julian established the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Trust to provide scholarships for young singers graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music and aiming for a career in opera.
If you do not find answers to your queries or interests in this site then please contact me or any member of the committee for any additional information.
Tricia Turner, Chairman.