History

1973-1991

Mansfield Choral Society was formed in 1973 by local conductor, David Chamberlain, from a previous choir founded by Ethel Houseley (a renowned singer in her own right who was often heard on BBC National Radio).

David wanted to maintain the excellent standard s achieved under Ethel by leading a choir which would tackle bigger works whilst still undertaking lighter, more operatic concerts. Our reputation continued to grow as we mixed traditional choral works with light opera and more modern pieces; ranging from Haydn’s The Season and Mozart’s Requiem to Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.

Our long association with locally born and internationally renowned concert pianist, John Ogdon started with a rare performance of Liszt’s Christus oratorio on April 16 1983. Our soloists were coached by Pamela Cook, late Director of Cantamus Girls Choir. John later became our patron and after his sad death in 1989, we re-performed Christus at a memorial concert in his honour.

We are proud to continue our association with John by featuring winners of the annual John Ogdon Awards in our concerts, therefore remembering the contribution made by John both to the musical world and to Mansfield.

1991-2002

In 1991 David Chamberlain handed over the baton to Martin Pickering who continued to educate the choir using his years of professional experience to increase the standard of singing. Involvement in Hallelujah for Hospices – the worlds’ largest simultaneous performance of Handel’s Messiah, with over 150 UK choirs and 50 others across the globe, was particularly memorable.

2002-2012

In early 2002, David Wilson became our MD and as well as actively expanding our repertoire by often featuring English and Romantic music, including Elgar, Vaughan-Williams, Britten and Rutter; he also improved our sight reading, tonal accuracy and performance skills.

2012- Present Day

March 2012 saw the baton pass once more, this time to our current Artistic Director, Peter Siepmann.

Peter has continued to train and educate the society whilst bringing a renewed energy and sense of fun to rehearsals.  Performances have included the jazz inspired Songs & Sonnets by George Shearing as well as Rutter's Gloria, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Duruflé’s Requiem.

2014 saw us celebrating our 40th year of singing and we performed three concerts – Mozart’s Requiem where we were joined by our friends from Newark Choral Society, Bingham and District Choral Society and St Peter’s Choir, Nottingham, making over 200 voices singing with the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra, in Nottingham’s Albert Hall. November found us in The Palace Theatre in Mansfield where we were joined by many new voices from the community to perform Handel’s Messiah and we rounded off our celebrations off with a concert of Christmas music and readings in St Marks’ Church, Mansfield featuring Finzi’s In Terra Pax.

This year we have already performed a concert of English Anthems at Southwell Minster with Bingham and District Choral Society where we performed Parry’s Blest pair of sirens and Finzi’s Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice. This was even more poignant as it was Neville Ward’s last concert with Bingham after 43 years as their Musical Director.

This summer will see us back at Queen Elizabeth Academy in July for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; with soloists from Cantamus Girls Choir and we are also joined by John Ogdon Award winners. We finish the year with Britten’s St Nicolas Cantata at St Mark’s Church, Mansfield on November 28th and carol singing at Thoresby Hall on the afternoon of Saturday 5th December.

Fuller coverage of our first 40 years can be found in our commemorative brochure; available for £3.

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Next Concerts

Songs for a Summer Evening

Café style concert celebrating Summer.

Date:
24 June 2017 19:30
Venue:
Queen Elizabeth Academy,150 Chesterfield Road, Mansfield, NG19 7AP

Haydn's Creation

Performing with Bingham & District Choral Society

Date:
25 November 2017 19:30
Venue:
Southwell Minster, Church Street, Southwell NG25 0HD

Christmas Carol Concert

Tickets: £5

Date:
14 December 2017 19:30
Venue:
Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, Mansfield, NG19 7AP
All Upcoming Concerts

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