25th November 2017: 60th Anniversary Concert
The Society celebrated its Diamond Jubilee Year with a polished performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria in the lovely setting of St Peter’s Church.
Soloists were Megan Wall, Mary Wall, Elly Bosworth, Simon Harper and Paul Mocroft. Mary Wall in particular showed her versatility by singing soprano in The Requiem and mezzo soprano in The Gloria.
The choir was sensitively directed by their musical conductor, Kate Cheetham who expertly brought out the light and shade of the two contrasting pieces. A special mention should be made of the talented organist, Sam Bayliss, whose accompaniment so complemented the performance. And congratulations to Mrs Pat Taylor singing in the soprano section as she has since the Society was founded!
1st July 2017: Fund raising concert at Holy Trinity Church, Preston Wynne a tremendous success !
On Saturday 1st July a packed church raised over £1100 for the restoration fund of this little church in a field. The acoustic was perfect for a lovely afternoon of music making provided by a chamber choir from Bromyard Choral Society conducted by Kate Cheetham and accompanied by James Wall. Music ranged from sacred to secular and included some toe-tapping gospel settings. Contrast was provided by the beautiful solo voices of youngsters Alice Burdsall and Isabella Powell who led everyone in Kum-ba-yah and Cockles and Mussels.
20th May 2017: First concert of the season at St. Peter’s Church, Bromyard
To mark the diamond anniversary, the Society performed a shortened version of Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation”. The Society had performed the work at its inaugural concert and again in 2007. For this performance the oratorio was accompanied by the organ, with John Jenkin producing a lovely range of registrations to suit the changing moods within the piece. The three soloists, all graduates of Birmingham Conservatoire, not only sang their solos very beautifully but blended well in the duets and trios, which are a feature of Haydn’s composition. Under their new conductor, Kate Cheetham, the choir gave their all to produce a series of carefully prepared choruses, which were delivered with aplomb on the night.
At the end of the programme the Chairman of the Society thanked all those who had contributed to the success of the concert, with a special vote of thanks to John Jenkin, who was giving his final performance with Bromyard Choral Society.
Haydn’s ‘Creation’. Conductor Kate Cheetham, Organ John Jenkin, Baritone Paul Mocroft, Tenor Dominic Lee, Soprano Bethan Woolgrove.
7th May 2017 at St. John the Baptist Church, Whitbourne
Tea Concert – sacred and secular music. Conductor Kate Cheetham, Piano Colin Myles.
13th December 2016 at St. Mary the Virgin’s Church Bishop’s Frome
Service of lessons and carols, by invitation of the Vicar. Conductor Kate Cheetham, Organ and Piano John Jenkin.
3rd December 2016: A Christmas Mince Pie at the Conquest Theatre, Bromyard
For the final concert of its 59th season Bromyard Choral Society offered a packed audience in the Conquest Theatre on 3rd December 2016 “A Christmas Mince Pie”, a miscellany chosen from its lighter repertoire, with readings interspersed among the musical items.
Under the direction of their new Conductor, Kate Cheetham, and accompanied by John Jenkig on piano, the first part included traditional songs as well as more substantial pieces by Faure and Richard Rogers. Before the concert and during the interval mince pies, cooked by various members of the Society, were offered to the audience. The second part included pieces more directly associated with Christmas with a variety of carols, and rounded off with Vaughan-Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Throughout the evening the audience was very enthusiastic and, perhaps, a little surprised at the range of music put before them. As they left the theatre many of the audience expressed their pleasure after a very good evening out.
30th April 2016 at Hereford Cathedral
Elgar’s The Kingdom, presented jointly with Ledbury Choral Society in aid of Christian Aid. Conductor Sir Richard Mynors, The Bromyard Sinfonia, Lucy Bowen (soprano), Louise Crane (mezzo-soprano), Justin Lavender (tenor), Paul Mocroft (bass). A real accolade for the performance. Hereford Times report. Fundraising results.