Concerts & Events

2016-17 Season

A warm welcome to our new season of choral music, we hope you will enjoy the music as much as we delight in performing it.

This season sees some changes for Gloucester Choral Society with the beginning of a new partnership with the Three Choirs Festival who will now be handling our online tickets sales as well as some reductions to ticket prices; we hope that these changes will meet with your approval!

For the great majority of our season we will be performing in our home venue of Gloucester Cathedral, one of the country’s finest concert spaces; however we also venture a little further afield with a concert at Cirencester’s beautiful Parish Church as we play our part in the 900th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the town’s Augustinian Abbey of St Mary. As ever, though, we continue to be immensely privileged to have Adrian Partington at the helm.

Our new season opens in quite some style with Beethoven’s towering Missa Solemnis; one of the final masterpieces from the one of the greatest composers. In preparation for this we are delighted to welcome Professor Nicholas Marston from King’s College, Cambridge, who will be giving us the benefit of his considerable knowledge of the piece during our Let’s Talk event.

This year Handel’s Messiah makes a return – we know that for many of you this is the start of your festive season, and who are we to argue with that! Moving into 2017, we will be performing the extraordinary All-Night Vigil (Vespers) by Rachmaninov; sung in Russian and without accompaniment, this piece will make full use of Gloucester Cathedral’s unique acoustic. Illuminating this piece for another Let’s Talk event will be David Nice, noted writer and broadcaster.

As previously mentioned our final concert of the season will be our contribution to the Abbey 900 Cirencester festival when we perform Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle which the composer described as his “poor little mass” but which is, in fact, anything but!

If listening is not enough and you’d like to use those vocal cords we have a new all-day Mag & Nunc workshop on Saturday 25 February at 9.30am; further details will follow shortly. We also have three Sing Saturday events (dates below) where we very much hope to welcome as many of you as possible…see you then!

Sing Saturdays

As We also have our Sing Saturday events which are always very popular and very keenly anticipated. Why not join us in singing some of the best-known choral works in a fun and relaxed atmosphere?

  • Saturday 1 October 2016
    The High School for Girls, Denmark Road
    Handel: Israel in Egypt
  • Saturday 28 January 2017
    Chapter House, Gloucester Cathedral
    Mendelssohn: Lobgesang
  • Saturday 25 February 2017
    Gloucester Cathedral
    Mag & Nunc Workshop
  • Saturday 3 June 2017
    Chapter House, Gloucester Cathedral
    Poulenc: Gloria

Booking Tickets

For full details on how to book tickets, please visit the pages for the individual event and further details can be found on our Booking Tickets page.

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