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Beaminster Singers formed after the cast of the 1987 Beaminster Community Play stayed together to sing. Since then, the choral society has become a feature of the town's musical life, giving two or three concerts a year in the town and surrounding villages.


Heavenly Harmonies - November 2013

This spring we performed Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle and Brahms' Liebesliederwaltzer to a very appreciative audience. We welcomed terrific young soprano Josephine Goddard as well as Mezzo Lucie Spickova, Tenor Martin Hindmarsh and Bass Martin Robson. The Rossini was written for piano and harmonium accompaniment and we were delighted to have Antony Saunders and Richard Hall as our keyboard duo.

Our next concert, on Saturday May 23, will be a joint venture with the celebrated London-based Chamber Choir, The Esterhazy Singers. This is a new and very exciting departure for us as we look forward to singing with and listening to our city colleagues who will be directed by Esther Jones. The programme will be varied and feature the two choirs singing both separately and together. Delicate a capella pieces by Tallis, Stanford, Finzi and Whitacre will contrast with more rustic settings of Barnes poems, sentimental ballads and favourite anthems ranging from Handel’s Zadok the Priest to the Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré. For tickets and more information, click here.

Our final concert for 2015 will be on Saturday November 28 in St Mary's Beaminster, when we will perform music for Advent including excerpts from Handel's Messiah and Cecilia MacDowell's Christus Natus est.

Recent performances have included Mendelssohn's Elijah at the Lighthouse, Poole, with the Dorset Guild of Singers, Gounod's St Cecilia Mass, Bax's Of a Rose I Sing, Alessandro Scarlatti's Dixit Dominus and Mozart's Loreto Mass, Bach's Magnificat and St John Passion, Haydn's Creation, Brahms Requiem, Vaughan Williams's Mass in G, Bach's Wachet Auf, Vivaldi's Beatus Vir and Mozart's Te Deum.

We also perform in local festivals, at fund raising concerts, dinners and ceremonial occasions. We are available for private bookings at weddings and memorial services, where we can advise on the choice of music and arrange soloists as well as singing hymns and anthems.

This is what we sound like... click the icon to hear us sing

Kyrie, May 2008 Kyrie from Mozart Requiem, recorded live at our 20th Anniversary Concert in May 2008.

Brahms, November 2006 part of How lovely are thy dwellings fair from Brahms Requiem, recorded live at a concert in November 2006.

O for the wings of a dove, November 2005 a short extract from the Mendelssohn chorale Hear my Prayer (O for the wings of a dove) which was recorded live in November 2005.

We have a year-round calendar of fun fund-raising activities (cabaret evening, walks, wine and cheese, book/CD swap, coffee morning, plant sale, quizzes, suppers...) and regular worskhops on voice production and choral singing.

 


23 May 2015
St Mary's Beaminster

Joint concert with the Esterhazy Singers

 

We are seeking an experienced sight reading rehearsal pianist, to join us in September 2015. Our rehearsals are on Wednesdays, in Beaminster. If you are interesting in this post, please email

 

 

If you’d like to join Beaminster Singers take a look at our membership page.
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