Location: England, United Kingdom
Andover Choral Society
The North Hampshire market town of Andover UK has a long history of choral singing.
The original Andover Choral Society was formed in 1866 to perform Handel’s Messiah accompanied by piano and harmonium. The local newspaper archive records show details of a concert at which Haydn’s ‘Creation’ was performed in the town in 1887.
2011 was the Society's 40th Anniversary when we performed Messiah parts 1 & 3 for our Christmas Concert along with some carols.
In the late 1920’s Dr Adrian Boult conducted 260 voices in the local Drill Hall and a music festival was set up in 1927, supported by Dr Boult and Dr Malcolm Sargeant.
The present Andover Choral Society was inaugurated in 1971. Members are joined by soloists and musicians of the highest calibre and the choral concerts they present are some of the musical highlights of the artistic year.
In Spring 2007, the Society presented the second performance of ‘Prayerbook’ composed and conducted by David Owen Norris their former musical director and international concert pianist. In May 2008, through David, the Society was invited to take part in the English Music Festival at Dorchester-on-Thames performing Sir Edward Elgar’s ‘The Banner of St. George’ and ‘Agincourt’ by Sir George Dyson.
A selection of challenging and rarely performed Nordic music was chosen for the Society’s 2009 Spring concert under their new director Peter Ford. 2012 has ssen the choir progess under Peter's leadership to perform more challenging works.
The Society rehearses on Wednesday evenings in the Bridge Street Methodist Church. If you are interested in becoming a member, or have any other queries, please contact Mrs Wendy Wood on 01264 354305 for more details.
Invaluable financial support is given to the Society by its Patrons and Sponsors. You or your company may become either a Patron or a Sponsor. For further details, please contact the Sponsorship Secretary, Juliet Sebag-Montefiore on 01264 772483.