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Didcot Choral Society was founded in 1958, and over half a century later we continue to perform a wide range of music throughout the year. We meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in St. Peter’s Church, Newlands Avenue, Didcot. There is no audition, the ability to sight read is not a necessity and new members are always welcome.
The Society is a mixed voice choir of around 70 singers, drawn from Didcot and surrounding towns and villages. It encourages participation in choral singing for all ages and abilities, including those who have never sung in choirs before and many very experienced singers.
The choir works closely with other local groups and orchestras, performing a wide range of music throughout the year and is committed to contributing to the musical and cultural life of the area. Our musical director is Rupert Gill, and our accompanist is David Bannister.
The choir performs three concerts a year in and around Didcot, performing a wide variety of choral music. In recent years, the choir has performed several concerts outside Didcot.
Such concerts have included: an open-air concert of The Fairy Queen (Purcell) in Blewbury (including performances from other community groups and ensembles); a performance of Haydn Creation in Dorchester Abbey (with the Headington Singers); a concert of Verdi Requiem in the Silk Hall, Radley College (with the Abingdon and District Musical Society) and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in St Helen’s Church, Abingdon (also with Abingdon and District Musical Society)
The choir has also ventured further afield, forming international links and promoting the town across Europe. In 2008 (the choir’s 50th anniversary year) the choir performed three concerts in Paris and Picardie in Northern France. For the 2009 tour the choir took the name of Didcot to Flanders, with concerts in the landmark Bruges Church of Onze Lieve Vreuvekerk, and Sint Paul’s Church in Ghent.
For 2010, we were able to leave our passports at home as we toured the delights of the Peak District, with a highlight of performing in Chatsworth House. The Summer Tour 2011 took us to Dublin, where we toured various venues in and around Dublin, including St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.
The Society continues to support local community events, including the organisation of the Didcot Town Carol Concert, an event that brings together a variety of community groups in festive harmony. This annual event raises several hundred pounds for the Mayor’s charity, as well as bringing great joy and delight to the standing-room-only audience.
If you would like to join us then please contact Alison Lane on 07915 094842, fill in our contact form, or just come along to a rehearsal on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Church, Newlands Avenue, Didcot.
New members are always welcome – especially tenors – and there is no audition.