2017 Review of the year

2017 has been a great year for Stokesley and District Choral Society. Spring saw us perform Haydn’s Creation with a large orchestra in Stokesley Methodist Church, and what a fantastic event this was (for both audience and choir!). For some choir members, this was their first experience of singing a major classical work, and the feedback we received was that it was thoroughly enjoyable.

In November we presented a lighter programme, “A Night at the Movies” which did exactly what it said on the tin. The music ranged from Back to the Future to West Side Story, and the choir had a great time learning some new and different repertoire. The concert also included some stunning orchestral playing, not least a moving cello solo (Memoirs of a Geisha) by our multitalented musical director, Jeremy Harbottle.

Our most recent concert was our annual Celebration of Christmas, with the Christmas Strings, and on this occasion we were joined by young singers from the Crash Bang Wallop Theatre Company. Again, a great time was had by all, and we raised a record-breaking £522 for Zoe’s place and Yatton House.

We start rehearsals on Monday 8th January for our next concert, which includes Mozart’s beautiful Coronation Mass, and Rutter’s moving Requiem, two contrasting pieces which the choir is looking forward to learning. The concert is on Saturday 21st April 2018 at Stokesley Methodist Church. As always, we welcome new singers. Anyone interested is invited to come to a rehearsal for a “taster” session, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stokesely at 7.30 pm.

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