Malmesbury Abbey Concert, October 15 2022
The programme opened with Bruckner’s Locus Iste, sung a cappella. The voices were well balanced despite the relatively low number of Tenors and Bass, and the whole choir worked as a team. This continued with the popular Panis Angelicus where diction was clear and the accompaniment by the excellent Organist Simon Hogan, very sensitive.
For me the highlight from the three Soloists: Elizabeth Britton Soprano, Michael Burgess Tenor and Patrick Osborne Bass, was in the trio section of the Benedictus in Schubert’s Mass in G. Their lovely voices were well matched and the singing lyrical.
Swindon Choral Society produced a high standard of music throughout the evening. The Soprano section produced a beautiful sound soaring over the higher notes, ably supported by the strong lower voices.
Should you require details of upcoming concerts, or wish to join this vibrant choir, please visit their website www.swindonchoral.org.uk
New Musical Director: Elinor Cooper
Elinor is a conductor, singer and classical music writer based in the South-West. She has a first class BA in Music from the University of Bristol and an MMus in choral conducting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she studied with Adrian Partington, Sarah Tenant-Flowers, Andrea Brown and Greg Hallam.
For two years, Elinor worked as a writer for BBC Music Magazine, and now combines freelance journalism with her musical career. During her time with the organisation, Elinor interviewed renowned artists such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Tara Erraught and Sakari Oramo, and contributed to numerous features and articles.
As a singer, Elinor has worked with international conductors and artists, both in performance and masterclasses. Highlights include consecutive BBC Proms with Vasily Petrenko, Bob Chilcott and Daniel Barenboim, and masterclasses with Ian Bostridge, Mary King and Sarah Connolly.
Elinor is currently Musical Director of Bristol University Singers, Collegium Singers, UWE Singers, chamber choir Spiro Singers and assistant conductor for Bristol Youth Choir. She teaches singing at Wycliffe School, Stroud and from her home in Bristol.
Praise from Venice
Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Christmas at Christ Church: Britten St Nicolas
Atlantic Odyssey 2019
In this our 90th year, we are delighted to be staging this splendid work again on the 25th May in Swindon's Steam Museum, reinforced by Swindon's JTPTrust Concert Choir and the Choral Society of Middle Georgia, based in Macon, GA USA. We very much look forward to welcoming our American cousins for this exciting event. The Macon choir has joined us before, singing Britten's War Requiem in October 1995.
Past performances include the Passions of Bach, Requiems from Mozart to Rutter by way of Howard Goodall's Eternal Light, Britten's War Requiem, and many familiar oratorios, notably, A Child Of Our Time and The Dream of Gerontius, and most recently the first half of The Christmas Oratorio. The Armed Man, by Karl Jenkins has also featured. For a complete list of our concerts, please visit our Concerts pages.
We enjoy performing with professional orchestras and soloists. We have worked with The London Mozart Players (under Jane Glover), the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, the West Forest Sinfonia, the Chameleon Arts Orchestra and, very recently, the Reading Symphony Orchestra.
The Society also incorporates the Swindon Chorale, an increasingly active and dedicated group providing sacred and secular music by request for weddings, funerals, fund-raising concerts for ourselves and others, together with other events.
Next Event: Britten: Ceremony of Carols