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Next Concert Saturday 8th October 2016 7.30pm
The Alexander Centre Preston Street Faversham
We are recruiting as well as inviting you to join us in the audience.
Celebrating the 400th anniversary of his death, Shakespeare’s brilliance with words and the emotional intelligence of his work, not to forget the occasional insult (!) the choir (now in its 50th year) is creating their own musical tribute to our most treasured playwright.
Our Autumn concert: ‘If Music be the Food of Love’….features
no fewer than twelve plays and sonnets. Works to be performed range from the sublime George Shearing’s ‘Songs and Sonnets’, to 16th century madrigals, from Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, to Tavener’s ‘Song for Athene’ and even extracts from Bernstein’s West Side Story.
If you’d like to be a part of this event, do buy a ticket but we also always welcome new members so just come along. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7.45 - 9.45pm at the United Church Hall Preston St, Faversham - we break for the summer in mid-July. There are no auditions – you just need to enjoy singing, learning and performing choral music. Its great fun!
Audience tickets will be £12 each available at the door or from Carter's Newsagents Market Place Faversham. More detail nearer the time.
If you would like to be added to our mailing list or would like more information or to join us: please E mail email@example.com
In October 2014, we welcomed Andrew Storey as our new Director of Music Andrew has been the repetiteur and assistant to the Musical Director of the HackneySingers, a 160 strong choral society in East London for the past 22 years. For the last 10 years he has also been musical director of the Ashtead Singers, a group which sings high quality chamber music with organ or piano accompaniment. His first concert with us included Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols. Our Spring Concert 2015 was acclaimed by many as our best ever as Andrew led us in Vivaldi's Magnificat and Haydn's Missa Brevis. Just as impressive were the Requiems of Cherubini and Faure which featured in our Autumn 2015 Concert.
A Brief History of the Society
This is our 50th anniversary year. Our first ever concert was a performance of Haydn's Creation and and we repeated this much-loved oratorio to great acclaim in the Spring of 2016.
Faversham Choral Society is an open-access choir of mixed voices of all ages, often described by new members as “the friendliest choir in this part of Kent”. It meets weekly for rehearsal, on Wednesday evenings from 7.45pm until 9.45pm in the United Church hall in Preston Street, Faversham. The society was established in 1966 by the late Fred Ash and was an amalgamation of several small singing groups in the area.
The aim has always been to provide a friendly atmosphere for people who enjoy singing to get together and perform a wide variety of works from oratorio through operetta to madrigals, part songs and carols. The society celebrated its 40th anniversary with a highly acclaimed performance of Handel’s Messiah, and the first Faversham Proms Concert. Since then it has performed Mozart’s Requiem and, under Ben Saul, more modern pieces by John Rutter, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel’s Coronation anthems and Carl Jenkins' The Armed Man. Dom del Nevo led us in two concerts in 2014: Opera Choruses in the Spring and English Composers in the Autumn including Britten, Parry and BirdSongs by Richard Sisson. Our Christmas concert, under Andrew Storey's direction, featured Britten's Ceremony of Carols and his second produced acclaimed performances of Vivaldi's Magnificat and Haydn's Missa Brevis. Our very well received Autumn concert included the popular Faure Requiem but also the less well known and quite challenging Cherubini Requiem.
The society is a charitable organisation that relies solely on contributions from its members and funds generated by its Faversham concerts. The proceeds from the concerts help to maintain the running of the choir and thus enable it to give performances in aid of other local charities such as Demelza House Children’s Hospice and Catching Lives. This year we are supporting Little Hearts Matter.
New members are always welcome. There are no entrance auditions required, just a love of singing.
We meet at 7.45pm each Wednesday in the United Church Hall Preston Street. Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our website www.favchoral.org
Faversham Choral Society