Welcome to Beaminster Singers

An excellent choral society meeting in Beaminster, Dorset
 

Spring Season 2023
Change of start date!
 

We start rehearsals again on
Wednesday 11 January 2023 at 7.30 pm
in our usual rehearsal venue:
St. John's RC Church, Shortmoor, Beaminster DT8 3EL

Concert in St Mary's Church, Beaminster

Musical Director: Hilary Kenway
Accompanist: Robert Langston

Photo: Armands Mogilevcevs

 
 

 
 

 

About

About
Beaminster Singers

  • High standards
  • Weekly meetings
  • Two concerts a year
  • Interesting repertoire

With a membership of around 40, we are large enough to tackle substantial works - but small enough to concentrate on detail. We are an auditioned choir, which ensures a high standard of performance.

Formed in 1987, Beaminster Singers meets each Wednesday to rehearse for its two concerts per year (usually held in May/June and November/December). The choir takes a break over the summer period. Our repertoire covers well-known classical and romantic music as well as works by living composers.

Choir for hire: for weddings, funerals and special occasions our members can be engaged to perform suitable music. Please use the Contact page to email us for details.

Spring Concert

      Sat 20 May 2023 at 7.30 pm
at St Mary's Church, Beaminster

  • Joseph Haydn - Nelson Mass (Missa in angustiis)
  • George Dyson - The Canterbury Pilgrims (excerpts)
Future concert dates

  Future concert dates:

  • 2 December 2023
Sound clips from past concerts

  Sound clips from past concerts

  • Kyrie, May 2008 Kyrie from Mozart Requiem (2008)
  • Brahms, November 2006 How lovely are thy dwellings fair from Brahms Requiem (2006)
  • O for the wings of a dove, November 2005 part of the Mendelssohn chorale Hear my Prayer (O for the wings of a dove) in 2005

Venues

Where we rehearse and give our concerts

St John's RC Church - exterior
Rehearsal Venue

St John's RC Church
Shortmoor, Beaminster

St Mary's Church - interior
Concert Venue

St Mary's Church
Church Street, Beaminster

St Mary's Church - exterior
Concert Venue

St Mary's Church
Church Street, Beaminster

 

Membership

How to join, and how the choir works

Choral music score

How to join

  • Email your details to Beaminster Singers through our Contact page
  • The musical director will then get in touch to ask you to attend a voice test
Subscription Payment

Subscriptions

  • Subscription costs £50 per concert season (two per year)
  • You can pay online with your name as the reference
  • Full bank details are available from our treasurer Richard Buckland

Choir Diary

  • Sat 24 December 2022 –
    Parnham House Carol Singing
    (for some? Contact Hilary)
  • Wed 11 January 2023 – first rehearsal
    (please arrive by 7.15 pm to collect your music)
  • Wed 25 January 2023 – AGM
  • Wed 12 April 2023 – No rehearsal
  • Thur 18 May 2023 – Extra rehearsal
    (7.30 pm Catholic church)
  • Sat 20 May 2023 – Concert
    (at St Mary’s Beaminster)
  • Wed 24 May 2023 – Rubbing out party
Studying your score

Practice materials

  • Joseph Haydn Nelson Mass:
    performance by Collegium Musicum 90 directed by Richard Hickox:
      • complete work
      • 1. Kyrie 0.06
      • 2. Gloria 4:31
          (Qui tollis 7:55)
          (Quoniam 12:24)
      • 3. Credo 15:09
      • 4. Sanctus 24:31
      • 5. Benedictus 27:00
      • 6. Agnus Dei33:00
          (Vivace 35:57))  
     
  • George Dyson The Canterbury Pilgrims :
    performance by the >London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra directed by Richard Hickox:
      EXCERPTS FOR OUR CONCERT:
      • Prologue: chorus entry at Fig.3
      • 2. The Knight
      • 4. The Nun
      • 7. The Merchant
          (Fig. 47 chorus entry)
      • 12. The Poor Parson
      • 13. L'Envoi (tenor solo Fig.90)
          chorus entry:Fig 91 basses
      ENTIRE WORK:
      • complete performance

 

Our Committee

If you need information, please talk to one of our committee members:

• David Jenkins Chairman
• Richard Buckland Treasurer
• Hilary Kenway Musical Director
• Rose Rychnovsky Librarian
• Claire Pooley Concert Manager
• Mary Davis Secretary
• Dan Rootham Administrator
• Alaina Cameron Committee
• John Ryde Committee


Contact

Use this Contact form to ask us any questions about membership, current repertoire or future concert plans

Rehearsals are held
at 7.30 pm on Wednesdays at:
St John's RC Church, Shortmoor,
Beaminster DT8 3EL

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