The Bromyard and District Choral Society was formed in 1957 by George Nunn, whose daughter, Hilary Jones, is the present Associate Conductor. George Nunn was succeeded as Musical Director by David Boddington, who directed the Choir for over thirty years and still sings with the tenors. Richard Popple was appointed conductor in 1998 and retired in 2007 when Sir Richard Mynors was appointed Principal Conductor. The name of the Society was changed to Bromyard Choral Society in September 2012. Following Sir Richard’s retirement after the hugely successful performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom in April 2016, Kate Cheetham took up the position in September 2016, having been appointed after a competitive recruitment process.
The Society is a registered charity, Charity Commission registration number 507020. The constitution has been amended from time to time; you can download a copy of the current version here. The Society’s financial year runs to 30th June each year.
The Committee elected/re-elected at the AGM on 13th September 2016 is as follows:
- Chairman – Pauline Key
- Vice-Chairman/Chairman Elect – [vacant]
- Hon. Secretary – Patsy Marson
- Hon. Treasurer – Dawn Hyett
- Associate Conductor – Hilary Jones
- Publicity Officer – Mike Cresswell
- Librarian – Sandra Gale
- Associate Members’ Representative – Martin Ganderton
- Concert Secretary – Mike Cresswell
- [Social Secretary – vacant]
Please see the People page for a little more information about each.
The following subscription levels (unchanged since 2014-15) were set at the AGM on 13th September 2016 for the 2016-17 financial year (ending 30th June 2017):
- Singing members – £75 (but £40 for new members joining in January or later; this does not apply to anyone re-joining after being a singing member in either of the two preceding financial years, who must pay the full subscription)
- Associate members – £15
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