Elgar: Dream of Gerontius
Saturday 21st March 2015
Ripon Cathedral 19.30
".... among the elite of Yorkshire’s most famous choirs"
Welcome to Ripon Choral Society’s 2014–15 season.
In fact, we are looking even further ahead and planning a series of autumn concerts for 2014-18 to mark the centenary of the First World War. These concerts will take place annually in Ripon Cathedral close to the weekends of remembrance Sunday. The first is our next concert, on November 15th 2014. This includes a world premiere performance of a new work called ‘Sacrifices’ by the Otley based composer Patrick Lee. This is a setting of poems by, amongst others, Rupert Brooke and Herman Hesse, and it includes a memorable setting of ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfrid Owen. We are very excited about the opportunity to perform such a fitting piece at the start of our 5 concert sequence. The series reaches what seems, to us, its logical conclusion in the autumn of 2018 with a performance of Britten’s War Requiem – a piece we first performed to great critical acclaim in 2011.
Ripon Choral Society is a friendly community choir of 170 singing members and meets on Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm, at Ripon Grammar School. From Monteverdi to Verdi, we perform a wide range of choral works, including the best-loved repertoire by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Elgar, and music by contemporary composers such as Karl Jenkins. New members are always welcome – please contact Margaret Smith via 'contact' tab.
If you'd like to join the choir, but aren't sure exactly whether it's for you - then why not come along and find out?
At the beginning of Sept 2014 we are offering 2 free 'taster' sessions to help you to decide. Rehearsals start on Weds Sept 3rd in the main hall at Ripon Grammar School. Just follow the crowds to find the main hall! To let us know that you are coming then please email our secretary (use the Contacts link above) - but this is not essential. You can be spontaneous and just turn up!
We are confident that you'll discover the joy of choral singing.
What the press has said
With this performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Ripon Choral Society came of age, now safe in the knowledge that they are among the elite of Yorkshire’s most famous choirs. Immaculate intonation, unlimited power, security, even in the most testing passages, must have left them delighted with their remarkable achievement... Yet the evening really belonged to the conductor, John Dunford, who has so honed the choir to this high standard, his unfussy direction shepherding them through the complexities.
David Denton, Yorkshire Post, April 2011 [Britten: War Requiem]