Lower Windrush Choral Society

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Next Concert:

Spring 2019: Handel`s Messiah (Part 11/111)

This will be sung in St Mary`s Church, Witney
joining with St Mary`s Singers. The concert
will commence at 6.30pm on Saturday March 23rd
and will celebrate the 775th Anniversary of St Mary`s.

details to follow.

Our Background:

Lower Windrush Choral Society was formed in 1991 and since then has sung a wide range of choral works from early and baroque music through to classical and contemporary. Our singers come from a wide ranging area, mostly in West Oxfordshire. We perform two or three concerts a year in local venues, venturing as far afield as Abingdon as well as Witney and the Lower Windrush parishes. We have a professional Music Director, Terry McNamara, who is known for his patience and has been with this choir for about 10 years. Terry now lives in the area after spending some of his music career in France.

New Members January 2019

Are you interested in singing Handel and Bach? On Monday January 14th at 8pm in Stanton Harcourt we will be holding an open rehearsal to encourage potential new members to join us and see how we work. That evening our Director will start us on Bach`s St John`s Passion No`s 39 and 40. Music will be provided. Please call our Chair Jenny MacDonald on 01865 300625 to let her know you intend coming. In the coming term we will also spend time on The Messiah Pts 1/2 to prepare for our March concert, while St John`s Passion will be sung in the summer of 2020 in Witney.

Singers for all voice parts are welcome and we offer a reduced price membership for under 30`s. We practice on Mondays 8 - 10 pm at Stanton Harcourt Primary School during term time. We are a friendly, non auditioning choir, numbering around 45. Currently we would especially welcome those who sing Tenor (the tenor section currently includes 2 ladies). We are fortunate in having a well developed bass section and more are welcome. During the past few years we have absorbed a number of enthusiastic singers, some of whom also sing with another choir. There are occasions to get to know fellow singers, as we sometimes break early to chat over a glass of something warming. There is an opportunity to sing for two sessions before making any commitment to LWCS. Those in full time education or in receipt of job seeker`s allowance have free membership.. If you cannot come on January 14th, do consider coming on one of the Mondays in January. Please contact 01865 300625 to let us know that you would like to attend a practice.

Our Earlier Events

Winter 2018 A Celebration of Parry

This concert of gorgeous melodious music by Parry, including his exquisite Ode to the Nativity
(a completely new challenge for the choir under Terry McNamara`s direction) kept us on our toes
and hopefully we gave the audience in the Methodist Church, Witney a lovely lead in to the
Season of Goodwill.
Summer 2018 - Judas Maccabeaus - Handel.

We were joined by an invited orchestra, conducted by Terry McNamara. Our soloists
Aileen Thompson, Sophie Kent, Deryck Webb and Quentin Hayes wowed the packed audience
with this stunning piece and the choir held their own!

Our Winter 2017 concert Love from Byrd to Bernstein was new style for us - a
cabaret style and as it was a sell out it seems the audience liked this venture and so did we!
Summer Sing 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed 2 sessions last August working on some new pieces
in St Denys, Northmoor - such a wonderful ancient church to share music in.
The evenings` enjoyment were added to by old friends and new singers coming
along too.


"Jubilate" on May 7th, at St Mary`s Church, Church Green, Witney.

The programme included Handel The King Shall Rejoice, Vivaldi Credo,
Monteverdi Beatus Vir and Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor (for choir and 4 soloists
including Aileen Thomson soprano, Sam Mitchell, counter tenor, Matthew Keighley, tenor and Quentin Hayes, baritone)).
Music Director Terry McNamara. Organist Francis Rumsey.

Our last Concert in our 25th Anniversary Year - European Baroque Music, November 20th 2016, included music
by Purcell (My Heart is Inditing), Pergolesi (Confitebor tibi, Domine) as well as excerpts from Handel`s Messiah.
Directed by Terry McNamara, with soloists Anna Shackleton, soprano, Ellie Edmonds, mezzo soprano, Deryck Webb, tenor
and Alex Jones, bass, we performed at St Mary the Virgin Church, Witney to a packed audience.

On May 15th 2016 we performed Brahms German Requiem
at St Mary the Virgin Church, Witney. Musical Director: Terry McNamara
with Soloists Anna Shackleton, soprano, and Quentin Hayes, baritone.
Our young and brilliant Pianists were Michael Pandya and Keval Shah.
It was a wonderful celebratory concert on a May evening for both the
choir and audience.
Summer Sing 2016. We met twice during summer for a relaxed singing session at St Denys, Northmoor and had fun learning some G&S including When a Wooer Goes A-wooing, Hail Poetry (Pirates of Penzance), I`m Called Little Buttercup (HMS Pinafore) and Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day (The Mikado).
A concert on November 15th 2015 - when we enjoyed a marvellous opportunity to sing Mozart`s Requiem and Vivaldi`s Gloria at St Mary`s Church, Witney. We had a small orchestra to accompany our 4 soloists, including the soprano Anna Shackleton, and were glad to see a packed church. The afternoon included a surprise visit from some of our sister choir from France who had left home at 5 a.m. to be with us.
Summer Sing 2015 - In August for two evenings we had fun getting together in St Denys, Northmoor, for an informal sing. We learnt Gerald Finzi`s My Spirit Sang All Day and re-visited parts of The Messiah. We were pleased to welcome the occasional guest singer.
"Choral Classics" was our presentation in Spring 2015, at St Mary`s Church, Witney when we again combined with L`Ensemble Vocal Monteclair from France.. Terry McNamara was our Musical Director. The programme included favorites such as Faure`s Cantique de Jean Racine, Handel`s Zadok the Priest, Mozart`s Ave Verum Corpus, Parry`s I Was Glad and parts of Vivaldi`s Gloria. This church offered greater capacity and we were pleased so many people availed themselves of this opportunity.


Contact Details

01865 300625 - Chair Jenny MacDonald

Registered Charity No 1152661

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