Mansfield: 40th celebrations for Choral Society

Mansfield Choral Society members are celebrating 40 years of singing by joining old friends to sing a programme of Mozart this Saturday.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 6th May 2014, 2:50 pm
Mansfield Choral Society May 2014.

They will link up with Bingham and Newark Choral Societies and St Peter’s Church Choir at Nottingham’s Albert Hall to perform Mozart’s Requiem; Ave Verum Corpus and Laudate Dominum and piano concerto number 12.

Mansfield will also be joined by soloists Abigail Sudbury (soprano), John Ogdon winner Helen Brackenbury (mezzo-soprano), James Lister (tenor) and Matthew Jordan (baritone).

The Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra will accompany the performance while Martin Jacoby will perform the piano concerto and the whole programme will be conducted by musical director, Peter Siepmann.

Original choir member, John Gildens, started with Mansfield Choral Society in 1974, the same year ABBA won the Eurovision song contest with Waterloo, and is looking forward to the performance.

“The human voice is a great instrument and, along with wonderful music and its rhythms, is the reason why I keep singing year after year,” he said.

A total of 225 singers will form the combined choir for the event, which starts at 7.30pm.

Formed by local conductor David Chamberlain (previously the choir formed by Ethel Houseley), the Mansfield Choral Society is a non-audition, friendly, welcoming mixed choir with a current membership of over 100 active members.

Previous concert venues include Southwell Minster, local churches, Mansfield Leisure Centre and those further afield in Grimsby and Surrey.

The choir rehearse every Thursday at Queen Elizabeth Academy, Mansfield from 7.15pm to 9.15pm.

Later this year they will sing Handel’s Messiah in Mansfield’s Palace Theatre on 1st November.

Tickets for this weekend’s concert are priced at £15, £12, £10 and are available from the choral society secretary on 01623 883277, by visiting or on the door (subject to availability).