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In a departure from tradition the Broughton Choral Society met for five weeks of singing during the long summer recess. The society’s first ever summer school ran under the title “Find Your Voice” in which conductor Tom Celeketic explored the world of vocal technique through a variety of catchy songs from the shows, most memorably Madame Guillotine (from The Scarlet Pimpernel) and choruses from the hit musical Les Miserables. Costing just £25 for five weeks, the workshops were open to all, not just established members, in the hope that the society might gain new recruits for the autumn season which starts later in August.
Earlier in the summer the society celebrated both its own Silver Anniversary and the Coronation of Charles III in a sell-out supper concert that highlighted Mozart’s Coronation Mass and a variety of shorter pieces including Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Vavilov’s Ave Maria, and the traditional Amerindian song Evening Rise. The choir made the most of its new-found confidence under Tom Celeketic’s buoyant leadership, with all solo parts being sung by choir members. Piano accompaniment was provided by regular accompanist Caroline Adam and guest pianist Jean Ritchie
REHEARSALS BEGIN AGAIN ON TUESDAY 29TH AUGUST AT 7.30PM IN BROUGHTON VILLAGE HALL.
We will be working towards a Christmas concert to be held in the village hall on Saturday 16th December. New members are welcome at any time, no auditions are required. Just turn up on a Tuesday evening or get in touch through this website: http://broughtonchoralsociety.co.uk/contact-us/
SILVER ANNIVERSARY SUMMER CONCERT
BROUGHTON VILLAGE HALL
Saturday 10th June 2023 7.30pm
Mozart Coronation Mass
Doors open for Prosecco at 7pm.
Buffet supper included all for £18
Tickets can be obtained from Broughton Village Store, or choir members. You can now also pay on line: simply email email@example.com to book and pay for your tickets. When we receive your email we will soon after send you a unique and secure link which you can use to pay by credit or debit card. No physical ticket will be issued; your name(s) will be added to the guestlist for the concert. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions or concerns about this.
The Broughton Choral Society has started the new season with a charismatic NEW CONDUCTOR Tomislav Celeketic, Tom for short, with whom we are singing a haunting arrangement of Evening Rise, a traditional American-Indian song, along with choral masterpieces by Verdi and Bach. Our main work for the summer concert will be the Coronation Mass by Mozart.
It is an exciting new beginning for the choir — we rehearse on Tuesdays at 7.30 in the Village Hall culminating in our popular summer concert on Saturday 10th June. Membership for the term is only £45, or less than £3 per session.
At the time of writing (12th March) it is still not too late to join us.
There are no auditions — just turn up, but if you have any questions or want to let us know in advance you can find further information and contact details on this website, or you can phone me (Christopher) on 07879 470920.
We look forward to seeing lots of faces, old and new!
OUR CHRISTMAS CONCERT conducted by Ruth Kirby will be on SATURDAY 10th DECEMBER at 7.30pm in BROUGHTON VILLAGE HALL.
Doors open from 7pm for mulled wine and mince pies. The music starts at 7.30pm and will include excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, seasonal carols and Christmas music by Tallis, Vaughan Williams, and Sibelius. There will be a short interval.
Tickets £10 are most easily available in Broughton Village Store, or from choir members. If this is difficult you can call 07879 470920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make alternative arrangements.
SATURDAY 28th MAY 2022
BROUGHTON VILLAGE HALL
Prosecco bar from 7pm
Concert at 7.30pm followed by
Tickets £15 available now from
Broughton Village Store
If you cannot get to buy tickets in person please email email@example.com
We’re pleased to say that our spring term rehearsals will be starting as scheduled on Tuesday 25th January at 7.30pm in Broughton Village Hall. We understand that this is permitted within anticipated Covid regulations, but please be aware that rehearsals may be cancelled at short notice if the situation changes.
Please take a Lateral Flow Test before rehearsals.
New members are welcome. You can just turn up on the night, but it would be appreciated if you could contact us first.
As discussed at the AGM we will restart rehearsals in the autumn, on Tuesday 7th September 2021 at 7.30pm in Broughton Village Hall. We have also booked the hall for a traditional Christmas Concert on Saturday 11th December.
Prospective new members or any existing member who has not received an email from our secretary please get in touch via http://broughtonchoralsociety.co.uk/contact-us/
This year’s AGM will be on Tuesday 20th July at 7.30pm by ZOOM. Members who have not received an email invitation by 10th July please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Little did we expect, when we stopped rehearsing a year ago, that we would still be unable to sing together twelve months later. Of course no-one could have foreseen that choral singing was to be elevated from a civilised pursuit into Public Health Enemy No.1. We have watched in admiration how organisations like Zurich Opera managed to perform Brahms’ German Requiem by scattering chorus members around a 1000 seater baroque auditorium, and how other choirs have harnessed the power of Zoom to sing together, but lacking such great spaces and technological wizardry, the Broughton Choral Society has remained muted – after all much of the point of a choir like ours is that it brings people together. Some might even say that our concerts are primarily great social events, with the addition of some excellent music. With that in mind, we did HOPE to perform last summer, and again at Christmas, as we hatched a plan to sing carols outside the village hall and dish out mulled wine to passers-by. It was not to be. Now we wonder if we will be able to do anything this June? Breathe deeply, put on a mask, and hope for a miracle. Whatever we can do, we’ll be certain to let you know.
The Committee of BCS
Prospective members please see http://broughtonchoralsociety.co.uk/members-joining
Thanks to everyone who made our last Christmas Concert (in 2019!!) a memorable and enjoyable evening.