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.