Established in 1981, Romsey Choral Society numbers about 80 singers – drawn from the local area and as far afield as West Sussex, Wiltshire and Dorset – and presents four concerts each year, two of which are in the historic surroundings of Romsey Abbey. The Society is now widely recognised as one of Hampshire’s most interesting and vibrant choral groups, having programmed a wide range of music, with everything from plainchant to jazz.
From time to time, the choir joins forces with other groups to mount large-scale works. Notable concerts have included Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passion (with Romsey Singers), Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius (with Nantwich Choral Society in Romsey Abbey and Chester Cathedral) and Verdi’s Requiem (with Guildford–based Vivace Chorus in Guildford Cathedral). In 2011 the choir teamed up again with Vivace Chorus and also the London Chorus, the London Symphony Chorus and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Mahler’s 8th Symphony in the Royal Albert Hall.
Recent milestones for RCS include a highly successful joint concert with the BBC Singers in London in April 2013 and a collaborative venture with the South Holland Chamber Choir and two world premiere concerts in Romsey Abbey during November 2014. In October 2015, RCS joined their Dutch colleagues once more for a ground-breaking ‘3 nations’ concert series in Krakow, Poland.
The Season starts on 1st September annually and extends for a period of 12 months. Our Abbey concerts are usually in November and July augmented with a spring concert usually in St. Cross Church, Winchester. The Christmas period brings opportunities for carol singing either in the form of our own Christmas concert, or more recently, by providing a choir in support of local charity groups for their fund raising carol concerts.
Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings in term time from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Romsey Baptist Church.
For more details see: romseychoral.weebly.com or call 07780 682316.