2018-19 review

2018-19 proved to be an enjoyable and successful season with the society performing a mixed programme. Last Autumn we presented a concert entitled Tuneful Twosomes including music from Gilbert and Sullivan operas and a variety of musicals.

The Christmas concert with strings proved very enjoyable but the highlight of the year was the spring 2019 concert in which we were joined by other local choirs in performing the Brahms Requiem , Vivaldi ‘s Gloria and Zadok the priest with soloists and a full orchestra; a memorable evening .

2017-18 review

Stokesley and District Choral Society enjoyed another successful season in 2017/18, and now looks forward to next year. In April, we presented Rutter’s Requiem, together with a selection of beautiful Mozart pieces – Splendente Te, Deus, Ave Verum Corpus, and his lovely Coronation Mass. Suitably challenging and enjoyable for the choir to perform and much appreciated by the audience.

This concert also marked the final one for our wonderful accompanist, Trevor Blease, who is moving to pastures new. He will be sorely missed, our new accompanist will join us for a very different programme of music which we will perform in Stokesley Methodist Church on Saturday November 17th: “Tuneful Twosomes – a journey through musical theatre” from Gilbert & Sullivan, through Rodgers & Hammerstein, to contemporary pieces from the likes of Lloyd Webber and Rice. It promises to be a lively and fun concert!

Further dates for the diary: Saturday December 15th is our annual Festival of Christmas music at Stokesley Parish Church – always a joyful occasion. On April 27th 2019, we are presenting a very special concert jointly with the Angrove Singers and Vox choir in Stockton Parish Church. The main item will be Brahms’ Requiem, together with Vivaldi’s Gloria and Zadok the Priest (Handel).

We welcome members old and new – our first rehearsal is on Monday September 3rd at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Stokesley at 7.30 pm. Ability to sight read is an advantage but not essential, as we can provide support and rehearsal aids. We do not hold auditions!

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.