Patrons: Charles Hazlewood, Juliet Brown
Director of Music: Barbara Jenkinson
Deputy Director: Clare Sydenham
We are a group of amateur singers from Bruton and the surrounding area dedicated to giving public performances of choral works. We have around 50 members with a wide range of ages and musical abilities.
Under our Director of Music, Barbara Jenkinson, we take our music seriously yet rehearsals are friendly, informal occasions and are held on Wednesday evenings at King’s School in term-time.
Between September and May we present two concerts: the May event is usually at King’s School, when we are accompanied by a small orchestra and soloists. At Christmas we perform Carols by Candlelight at Bruton School for Girls.
Our funding is derived from members’ annual subscriptions and the sale of concert tickets, supplemented by occasional social/fund-raising events. We are also supported by the Friends of Bruton Choral Society, whose members value the contribution we make to the life of the community. For a modest annual subscription Friends receive discounted tickets to concerts, reserved seating (where appropriate) and invitations to the Society’s social events.
The Society was re-founded in 1993, and our repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary jazz. To mark the twentieth anniversary of our re-founding we commissioned a new cantata by Jonathan Palmer: Sweet Somerset, in three movements, sets poems written in the 1920s by Ian Kelway reflecting on Bruton’s proud history. With the support of the Town Council we were able to augment the orchestra and the first performance was greeted with great enthusiasm at our 2013 Summer Concert.
Past performances have included Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, John Rutter’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, A Little Jazz Mass by Bob Chilcott and Haydn’s Te Deum.
For more details please see our website or contact the Secretary, Marian Kelham, 01749 812 281. To join the Friends contact Neville Chamberlain, 01749 813 797.