South Somerset Choral Society
Photo courtesy Tris Pinkney and National Trust at Barrington Court
The Society was formed in 1967 and has staged concerts at least twice a year ever since. Our concerts are held in Spring and Autumn and our popular Carol Concerts take place in December. Other special public events and several social events take place during the year and are published on this website and advertised to choir members at rehearsals.
Further details of forthcoming concerts can be found on the "Next Concert" tab
Tim Donaldson (Musical Director)
Tim's early musical education came as a boy chorister in Canterbury Cathedral. After University in Leeds (where he was choirmaster and deputy organist at the Anglican Chaplaincy Church) he joined BBC Radio as an Engineer, working in London, Bristol and finally, Luton, during which time he sang extensively. He was a member of a professional church choir in London and, as a member of the Corydon Singers, recorded Rachmaninov’s “Vespers” amongst other things. As a soloist, he sang the part of Pilate in the Somerset Chamber Choir’s performance of Bach’s “St John Passion” alongside Emma Kirkby, but has also made solo appearances with the North Curry Village Choir, Taunton Concert Band and South Somerset Choral Society. He conducted the Wingrave Singers (near Aylesbury) and, after a move to commercial radio in Bristol, Nailsea Choral Society. He conducts an occasional choir – the Somerset Consort - which performs in venues by invitation.
He was appointed Assistant Musical Director of the South Somerset Choral Society in 2008, and, following the retirement of Richard Barrell in 2011, he was appointed Musical Director. He enjoys programming interesting and innovative concerts, with a broad range of repertoire, familiar and less so.
Tim is a Chartered Engineer, and returned to the BBC in 2015 where he is currently a Senior Project Manager for BBC Radio. He lives at Drayton, near Langport, with his wife Karen and their two children.
Our rehearsal accompanist is Martin Schellenberg and his CV can be found by clicking here