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South Somerset Choral Society


This autumn we are presenting a concert of fine English music, old and new, under the title “Heaven and Harmony” at the Church of St Peter & St Paul, South Petherton

On the programme is Parry’s wonderful ”Blest Pair of Sirens” - a setting of an ode by John Milton on the relationship between music, the celestial spheres, and Man (and nothing to do with fire engines!).  It was a favourite of Vaughan Williams’ – he described it as “the finest musical work that has come out of these islands” - and it remains popular today, not least having been sung at the most recent Royal Wedding.
Then there is Handel’s “Ode on St Cecilia’s Day”. Many composers choose to write music to celebrate St Cecilia’s Day (November 22nd), and they put their all into it. Handel was no exception, and set these fine words by John Dryden in 1739.
Finally we have Bob Chilcott’s “Requiem”. Chilcott is one of Britain’s finest living composers, and wrote this piece in 2010. Beautiful, reflective and exciting by turns, it is skilfully written and immediately accessible music.

We hope you will come and enjoy!

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The Society was formed almost 50 years ago and has staged concerts at least twice a year ever since. They usually take place in March or April and November, with a Carol Concert in December. There are also other special public events and several social events during the year which will be published on this web site and also advertised to choir members at rehearsals. 

Photo courtesy Tris Pinkney and National Trust at Barrington Court

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Tim Donaldson (Musical Director)

Tim began singing 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, where he sang in many choirs. 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 for eight years. A founder member of the Somerset Chamber Choir, 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 has now succeeded Richard Barrell as Musical Director. He lives at Drayton, near Langport, with his wife Karen and their two children.


Rehearsal accompanist Shirley Long



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