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Welcome to Potters Bar Choral Society

We are a group of about forty people whose philosophy is to sing and have fun! Although we often sing from the classical repertoire, we also perform other styles such as swing, Gilbert & Sullivan and folk music. New members are welcome to join at any time without audition - we just ask for commitment and enthusiasm. We would particularly welcome people wishing to sing tenor.

We are currently on our summer break. The society will meet again on Tuesday 6 September 2016.

Society Officers
Musical DirectorAllun Proom
Rehearsal PianistSimon Pusey
ChairmanDave Miller
TreasurerStella Asker
SecretaryJulie Lucas

About us

Background

Established in 1961, we have been making music for over 52 years, contributing to the artistic and cultural life of Potters Bar and the surrounding area. With a repertoire ranging from Verdi to Gershwin, Mozart, Handel, JS Bach, Sir Arthur Sullivan and many other composers, the PBCS enjoy singing a wide variety of choral works, oratorio, part songs, opera and lighter music. Most importantly, the emphasis is on having fun!

The choir is not afraid to do things on a large scale: We performed the Brahms German Requiem in May 2008 with the Hemel Hempstead Singers forming a choir of 60 with a 45 piece orchestra. In 2002 we joined with the Harrow Philharmonic Choir and the Trinity Orchestra for two memorable performances of the Verdi Requiem.

We also try to support the community: for instance we gave £175 to Children in Need in 2009 from the plate collection and our annual charity carol singing event at the Dutch Nursery.

Rehearsals

We meet every Tuesday from 8-10 pm at St John's Methodist Church Hall, Baker Street, Potters Bar. Membership fees averages out at about £3 per rehearsal although we don't ask new members to make a commitment until they have attended three rehearsals. We offer reduced subscriptions for retired, non-waged and student members. There is no audition and we ask only for enthusiasm and a commitment to attend regularly. Sight singing is not a prerequisite for membership and we provide rehearsal downloads in all four voices for many of our chosen pieces.

Past concerts

2016

  • English music: sacred and secular
  • Mozxart: Requiem

2015

  • Fauré: Requiem
  • Vierne: Messe Solennelle
  • An evening of Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Handel: Messiah

2014

  • Handel: Chandos Anthem Number 9

2013

  • Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
  • "This Septr'd Isle": Shearer, Byrd, Rutter, Britten, Harding

2012

  • Rutter: Gloria
  • Schubert: Eb Mass
  • Vaughan-Williams: Serenade to Music
  • 'Songs from the Shows' A celebration of musicals

2011

  • Haydn: Creation

2010

  • Faure: Requiem
  • Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass
  • Mendelssohn: Hymn of Praise
  • Bruckner: Motets

2009

  • 'Songs For A Summer's Evening' A celebration of British music over the centuries
  • Madrigals, Folk Songs and 20th century songs
  • Vivaldi: Gloria, Haydn: Maria-Theresa Mass Poulenc: Concerto for Organ, Strings and Tympani

2008

  • Christmas Concert including Vaughan-Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Brahms: Ein Deutsche Requiem, Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2, Brahms: Academic Festival Overture. With the Hemel Hempstead Singers
  • Opera Classics : popular opera choruses, arias and duets

2007

  • Christmas Concert with five old English carols arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett and four Finnish Christmas songs arranged by Michael Head
  • With the Hemel Hempstead Singers as our guests: Handel: Dixit Dominus, Dvorák: Mass in D
  • As guests of the Hemel Hempstead Singers: Handel: Dixit Dominus and Coronation Anthems
  • Choral Classics Concert with excerpts from the Karl Jenkins' Armed Man and short pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Bruckner and Mozart

2006

  • Christmas Concert with excerpts from the Bach Christmas Oratorio
  • Mozart: Solemn Vespers of the Confessor, Mass in C (Coronation), Symphony No.36 (Linz)
  • Songs from the Shows - 20th Century Musicals including Porgy and Bess, Cats, Oklahoma!

2005

  • Britten: Ceremony of Carols
  • Rutter: Requiem, Poulenc: Gloria
  • Excerpts from The Geisha by Sidney Jones and The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan

2004

  • Christmas Concert Including: Warlock, Bach: Holst
  • Fauré: Requiem, Handel: Coronation Anthems
  • Passiontide Music by Bruckner, Mozart, Gounod, Fauré, Tchaikovsky, Franck, Bach, Schubert, Elgar & Stainer
  • Mozart: Requiem, Purcell: Come Ye Sons of Art

2003

  • Handel: Messiah 'Bring and Sing'
  • An Evening of Popular Opera Choruses
  • Duruflé: Requiem, Puccini: Messa Di Gloria

2002

  • Carols from around the world
  • In the Mood: a celebration of musical theatre - Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin etc
  • Verdi: Requiem
  • Short choral pieces by Bruckner, Mozart, Gounod, Fauré, Tchaikovsky, Franck, Bach, Brahms, Schubert, Elgar & Stainer

2001

  • Rossini: Petite Messe Solonelle, Fauré: Requiem
  • An evening with Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Christmas concert including Vaughan-Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols

2000

  • Bach: Magnificat, Vivaldi: Magnificat, Handel: Coronation Anthems
  • British and American Folk Music
  • Handel: Messiah (Christmas Music)

1999

  • Schubert: Mass in E-flat Major, Brahms: Liebeslieder
  • Opera Choruses: Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Weber & Purcell

1998

  • Handel: Messiah, Gilbert and Sullivan

1997

  • Handel: Zadok The Priest, Handel: Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi: Gloria

1996

  • Mozart: Requiem, Gounod: St Cecelia Mass
  • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Contact us

If you would like to know more please send and email.

info@pbchoral.org