The choir sang to help raise funds for South Harting Church.
The choir sang Evensong and Eucharist
The choir spent a very pleasant five days singing all the services from Wednesday through to Sunday.
18th and 19th February 2023
The Choir sang Evensong on the Saturday and Eucharist and Evensong on the Sunday
10th December 2022
The Choir presented their much-loved annual Christmas concert at The Spire Church in Farnham. The well-constructed and varied musical programme included 16 pieces sung by the choir and three rousing carols for the audience to sing as well. Accomplished organist Oliver MacFarlane treated them to two short but interesting organ solos by Bach and Dupre. The readings were chosen and delivered with warmth, humour and skill by William Whymper. Richard Stevens hosted the evening, his energetic and expressive conducting of the singers adding much to the experience. All of this and a jolly reception afterwards with drinks and nibbles made for a wonderful festive evening.
Sunday 31st October 2021
9th March 2019
More than 50 singers gathered at the Spire (URC) Church in Farnham in the afternoon to rehearse Parry’s I Was Glad, Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Vivaldi’s Gloria with a break for tea and home-made biscuits. The evening performance was greatly appreciated by the audience. The organist, Simon Earl played a beautiful arrangement of Debussy’s Clair de Lune and The Wessex Chamber Choir sang Morley’s Nolo Mortem Peccatoris from the gallery. Soloists for Vivali’s Gloria came from the Choir: Emily Hart, Lesley Tuson and Elizabeth Collins could have been professional singers and were applauded enthusiastically by the choir and the audience at the end of the performance. It was a relaxed and friendly event making music together and making new friends.
22nd to 26th August 2018
The Wessex Chamber Choir has recently returned from singing the services at Hereford Cathedral – five evensongs, Sunday Matins and Cathedral Eucharist. The Dean, the Very Rev. Michael Tavinor, hosted a drinks reception for the choir that was much appreciated and the whole cathedral community was most warm, friendly and helpful. The repertoire included cathedral fare by Herbert Brewer, S S Wesley, Henry Purcell, John Blow, Charles Wood, Kenneth Leighton, Herbert Sumsion, John Stainer and Charles Villiers Stanford. Two works new to the choir were also performed. Timothy Parsons, a former organ scholar at Hereford and now assistant organist at Exeter Cathedral, composed a special introit for the Eucharist and Alan Thurlow, former organist at Chichester Cathedral, donated copies of his Lord’s Supper for the motet at Sunday Eucharist. Simon Earl, Director of Music at Christchurch priory, was our accompanist and played a stunning Toccata by the French-Canadian composer Dennis Bedard at Sunday evensong. All in all we had a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile five days in delightful surroundings. The Three Counties Hotel is recommended to anyone looking for somewhere to stay in Hereford.
21st June 2018
On 21st June The Wessex opened the doors of our usual rehearsal venue at Robert May's School to potential new members. We welcomed eight guests to our Open Rehearsal, who came to sing with us and enjoy a chat and nibbles. The evening was extremely successful with everyone who attended expressing an interest in joining the Choir either very soon or at some point in the future. We would like to thank all those who came to sing with us, making it a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
17th June 2018
Once again the Wessex Chamber Choir had great pleasure in joining The Choir of the Royal Memorial Chapel, Sandhurst at the Military Acadamy's Heritage Day. The two choirs sang a full Choral Evensong comprising;
Responses: Hugh Blair in B minor
Psalm 89 vv 1-19 chant: Stanley Vann
Canticles: Hugh Blair in B minor
Anthem: Ascribe unto the Lord (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)
Voluntary: Chorale Improvisation 'Nun Danket, alle Gott' (Siegfried Karg-Elert Op 65) played by Simon Dinsdale
Many thanks to the Chapel Choir for giving the Wessex the opportunity to sing with them in this facinating and historic building.