New choral work to be performed as society celebrates 50 years

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Southwell Choral Society will be celebrating 50 years with a concert on Saturday, November 22, at Southwell Minster.

The present society originated as the choral group of Southwell Arts Society in 1959. Its popularity increased and, in 1964, Southwell Choral Society emerged under the leadership of conductor Peter Wood. The present conductor, Nicholas Thorpe, took over when Peter retired in November 1997.

The society now has approaching 100 active singing members and a thriving group of non-singing Friends of Southwell Choral Society.

Southwell Choral Society is a registered charity run by an active and dedicated voluntary committee. It seeks to promote music in the community and gives an annual Music Bursary, The Peggy Oldham Award, to a promising local music student.

New members are always welcome. Rehearsals take place weekly in term-time at the Southwell Methodist Church on Monday evenings from 7.30pm - 9.15pm.

You do not require an audition and the society encourages potential members to come along and try it.

Saturday’s concert starts at 7.30pm and will see the society performing The Peacemakers, the new choral work by Karl Jenkins. Call 01636 812933 for ticket details.