WESTBURY & DISTRICT CHORAL SOCIETY
During lockdown periods rehearsals are taking place online. Out of lockdown, depending on Wiltshire's tier level rehearsals are taking place in person in a Covid-safe environment. Unfortunately our spring and Christmas concerts 2020 were cancelled, as well as our Christmas 2021 concert. Our spring concert 2021 has been postponed until 2022, and plans for a summer concert 2021 were also cancelled due to a last-minute unexpected change in government guidance. Our income has been affected as a result of not holding concerts or fundraising events; as such, if you would like to make a donation in place of a usual concert ticket please make a bank transfer to:
Sort code: 309913
Account no: 00941904
Account name: Westbury & District Choral Society
If you are able to Gift Aid your donation please send us an email so that the relevant form can be sent to you.
It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of our former accompanist, Stephen Cooke, on 8th October 2020. Stephen was with us for 23 years 1991-2013. Our thoughts are with his family.
Friends of Westbury Choral
Friends can pay £20 per year to obtain discounted tickets to our Christmas and spring concerts, and invitations to our social events. Contact us if you are interested in this.
Imber Festival of Carols
It is a great privilege to be asked to perform at the Imber Festival of Carols, which is now an annual event for us. The event is a great celebration of the village that was evacuated over 70 years ago and it was fantastic to be part of this important occasion. The choir always looks forward to this event.
Westbury Choral give annual Christmas Concerts. If you missed the last one, recordings are available here.
Our hugely successful spring concerts are a regular feature in the calendar. If you missed the latest one, listen again to some of it here.
Come and Sing
Now a regular event, usually held in January each year, sometimes with one in September too. See the Events page for details on the next one.
We were very excited to put on a joint performance as part of Westbury Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with Matravers School and The Wiltshire Council Singers on opening night, Friday 25th September 2015.
A great concert was held on 20 September 2014 featuring Westbury Choral, Upavon Military Wives choir, and some local soloists. Over £400 was raised for Westbury Methodist Church. Thank you to all involved.
Workshop with Grenville Jones
Grenville Jones, the renowned choral conductor, has been to Westbury Choral! He ran an entertaining workshop aimed at both singers and non-singers of all ages, on 14th June 2014.
The workshop was followed by a concert featuring the workshop choir with Bath Male Choir, participants in the BBC's Last Choir Standing.
70th Anniversary Imber Commemoration
As part of Westbury Music and Arts Festival 2013, Westbury Choral were delighted to be invited to perform at Edington Priory at the Commemoration Service for the 70th Anniversary of the evacuation of Imber village.
Salisbury Christmas Market
We performed a few unaccompanied pieces and carols in the Guildhall Square, Salisbury as part of the Christmas Market Saturday 1st December 2012.
Westbury Choral took part in a celebration concert for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on 2nd June 2012. Performed works included Britten's The National Anthem; Mathias' Let the people praise thee, O God; Parry's I Was Glad; and a newly commissioned work Exsultate Jubilate by Luke Whitlock.
A small group of singers from Westbury Choral is available to sing at local wedding services, Christmas and special events. Our fee is £100-£200 plus expenses: please contact us to discuss your requirements and confirm fees.
We are always looking for new members and for a big audience at our concerts. The best way of recruiting new members is via word of mouth so please spread the word about us. If you can help by displaying leaflets or posters, please take some at our rehearsals, or contact us to obtain some.
Click here to view our latest publicity leaflet.
Recordings of concerts are made where possible. You can listen to the recordings online by clicking here.