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Our next concert is on March 28th 2015 at St. Swithun's Church, Yateley.

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In Memoriam

Concert goers from Yateley and Eversley were entranced by the performance by Yateley Choral Society on Saturday 8th November of Karl Jenkins's 'The Armed Man', as part of a fundraising event for the Royal British Legion. Members of the audience described the performance as exhilarating, yet moving, and were overwhelmed by the intensity of the singing by the choir. The programme also included the World Premiere of 'An Imperial Elegy' composed by Graham Ross, Director of Music at Clare College Cambridge, which is a setting of the poem of the same name by war poet Wilfred Owen along with extracts from The Soldier by Rupert Brooke. The final piece was the Requiem by the French composer Durufle.

Folk Favourites

After the thrilling large-scale Night at the Opera Spring concert with the Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra and three splendid soloists, our Summer concert of Folk Favourites was on a smaller scale but greatly enjoyed by the choir in rehearsal and performance and much appreciated by the audience. Well-loved songs from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland were probably known to most from cradle days, but these were arrangements by mostly twentieth-century composers who added thir own individual shades of mood and harmony. Tenor Peter Davoren and pianist Timothy Short contributed more of these much-loved old songs, and there were audience requests for a similar programme in the future.

What a fabulous Night at the Opera!

Our joint concert with Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra was a huge success with a capacity audience at Yateley Manor School enjoying favourite opera overtures, arias and choruses from Carmen, Turandot, Lohengrin, The Pearl Fishers, Prince Igor and more. The Anvil Chorus and Easter Hymn were especially magical – the acoustics in the hall left such an atmosphere after each one with a remarkable acoustic. The choir sang with professionalism and passion as did soloists soprano Helen Bailey, baritone Richard Bannan, and tenor Patrick Ashcroft who said he thoroughly enjoyed singing all the best bits from all the best operas. There was a massive amount of music for both orchestra and choir to learn over the Spring rehearsals, but everyone agreed it was well worth all the work, although it was quite an undertaking. The audience certainly enjoyed the evening - with plenty of positive feedback and comments such as "thrilling", "wonderful" and "best ever". Congratulations to everyone who took part. Here are some pictures of the evening.

Yateley Choral Society

performs four concerts a year with a variety of styles from classical to modern, including a concert of light music in the summer and Christmas concert for charity involving young local music makers. Alongside music making, our mission is to foster musical interest in the local community, particularly in children, and to support local charities wherever possible. In additions to our own concerts, we also occasionally join with other choirs to perform large works in beautiful venues such as the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

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