Welcome to Buckland and Betchworth Choral Society, as we have just completed our sixth season under the inspiring leadership of Ben Woodward.
The choir rehearses at 19.45 every Wednesday evening in Betchworth Village Hall, Station Road, Betchworth from September to the end of June. As well as participating in the Leith Hill Festival in April, we hold an annual Christmas concert and a Summer concert. We are keen to welcome new members, this represents a very good starting time. Further information about joining can be found here.
As you would expect for such a lively group we have a very full social calendar. The Events page has details of this season's activities.
The festival began on Thursday with the choirs of Buckland & Betchworth, Capel, Holmbury St Mary and Oxshott. Holmbury St Mary swept the board, winning all the classes except the men’s song, where Oxshott were victorious, and the ensemble, where the winners were Buckland & Betchworth no.1 ensemble. The evening concert began with the Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This is a ravishingly beautiful piece of music which is said to have moved Rachmaninov to tears! It was written for a jubilee concert in honour of the great conductor Sir Henry Wood and it was a fitting choice to begin the festival, being a celebration of the art of music itself. The short competition pieces then followed, including a rousing performance by the men of Stanford’s The old superb (the closing number from his Songs of the sea), and a lively rendering of Seiber’s Three Hungarian folksongs. The trophies were presented by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, who reminded us all that singing is a most healthy activity - both physically and mentally! After the interval, the main work of the concert was Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, one of the several mass settings he wrote towards the end of his long life. The performance was confident and convincing, the choirs in good form and supported by the excellent English Festival Orchestra, who play such an important role in the festival each year.
The day will run from 09:30hrs to 16:00hrs in St Mark’s Church Hall, Alma Road, Reigate RH2 0DA. Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring a packed lunch.
Cost £15.00 (Full time students £5.00). Music hire included. To book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org