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January 2018

Following an extremely successful performance of “Messiah” at Christmas, for its next concert Wetherby Choral Society, under the baton of Music Director John Dunford, will present another of Handel’s major masterpieces.

Handel - “Israel in Egypt”
Saturday March 24th at 7.30 pm
St James’ Parish Church, Wetherby

Was there ever such wonderful musical word-painting as this? Furnished with a matchless Biblical text, Handel invites us to share in the sighs of the oppressed Israelites, to share in the revulsion of the Egyptians as their rivers turn to blood...  Read more...

May 2017

Wetherby Choral Society’s March performance of Monteverdi’s “Vespers” was an acknowledged triumph. More than an incentive to come and hear their next concert!

Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria
Benjamin Britten – Rejoice in the Lamb
Hubert Parry – I Was Glad
Ralph Vaughan – Williams – Five Mystical Songs
Leonard Bernstein – Chichester Psalms
Saturday, July 1st, 7.30 pm
at St. James’ Parish Church, Wetherby

“Smitten!” declared Leonard Bernstein on hearing his work performed in Chichester Cathedral, “In Chichester I heard angels sing.”...  Read more...

March 2017

Claudio Monteverdi - “Vespers”
Saturday, 8th April 2017 at 7.30 pm
at St James’ Parish Church, Wetherby

“This is one of the most exciting things we have ever done!”, proclaimed Music Director John Dunford to his choir at the start of their rehearsals after Christmas.

Described by one commentator as one of the most extraordinary job applications ever, when Monteverdi submitted his music as an audition for a post in Venice, his "Vespers" is a milestone for any Choral Society. It is a first performance for this Society and for nearly...  Read more...