South Somerset Choral Society
COVID-19 update and new President announcement
next concert is due to be music by Handel - his famous coronation
anthem "Zadok the Priest" and his oratorio "Alexanders Feast" -
performed in the Church of
St Peter and St Paul, South Petherton on 14th November.
we are currently unsure as to whether we will be able to meet to
rehearse and perform because of the COVID-19 crisis, but we are awaiting
guidance from both the Church and the Government.
Please watch here for further news, but meanwhile -
New President for South Somerset Choral Society
Photo: John Bellars
We are delighted to announce that the nationally and
internationally famous composer, conductor and singer, Bob Chilcott, has
agreed to become the next President of the South Somerset Choral
Bob has impeccable
musical credentials having begun his career as a boy chorister, and
later a choral scholar, in the renowned choir of King’s College,
Cambridge. He was later a member of the "King’s Singers", but is now a
full-time composer, specialising in Christmas music. Recordings of his
work (including by Wells Cathedral Choir) are widely popular. As
conductor he has worked in more than 30 countries and he is Principal
Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers. COVID permitting, SSCS are looking forward to welcoming him in January 2021 to lead one of his highly popular Singing Days.
said: "I am delighted to have been invited to become the President of
South Somerset Choral Society. Choirs are working very hard to engage
with their singers at this time, and I hope that I can join them
virtually before too long, and in person for our Come and Sing day in
January. I look forward greatly to future collaboration."
Donaldson, our Musical Director, said: "As we say farewell to our
retiring President, the wonderful Bill Llewellyn, it is a great
privilege to welcome Bob in his place. Having someone of Bob's stature
and who is such a great ambassador for choirs and choral music is a
great privilege for us, and I am thrilled that he has agreed to add us
to the list of organisations he supports. We're looking forward to a
Please click HERE for Bob's CV
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.
Dates for your diary: Please click HERE
Further details of forthcoming concerts can be found on the "Next Concert" tab
We are grateful to Making Music (formerly NFMS) for their support