Singing with friends

Enfield Choral Society performing last year at St Stephen’s Church, in Bush Hill Park for their 80th anniversary concert (credit Waldek Godel)

Enfield Choral Society is welcoming new members as it gears up for a busy year of performances, writes Ian MacKenzie

I have always enjoyed singing, so a few years ago I was persuaded to go along to an Enfield Choral Society rehearsal.

I was immediately impressed by the choir’s level of expertise and commitment. It was such a warm, friendly group – people of all ages, with different jobs and backgrounds – that I felt lucky to be able to join them as one of the basses.

The standard of performance is driven by our musical director, Mark Sproson. Mark is a talented and experienced professional musician who has a leading role in choral music in the UK. His enthusiasm and great sense of humour are encouraging for all members. In line with the society’s educational aims, he provides choral training and also feedback for any member who wants to sing solos.

We perform four concerts each year. Our main repertoire is classical choral music; in recent years we have sung pieces by major European composers including Bach, Haydn, Schubert and Verdi. We have also performed music by more modern composers, such as Leonard Bernstein, Francis Poulenc, and the Estonian Avro Pärt. Summer concerts have included opera choruses and lighter songs, for example from Gilbert and Sullivan, and musical theatre.

On Saturday 2nd March we are looking forward to performing Handel’s great oratorio The Messiah at St Mary Magdalene Churcha show that will raise money in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. We will have professional soloists and a Baroque orchestra with period instruments. It should be an exciting evening!

We enjoy working with other local musical organisations, having held concerts in the past with Enfield Chamber Orchestra and the Children’s International Voices of Enfield. On Saturday 29th June we will also be performing a jazz concert, including Will Todd’s Mass in Blue and a new composition written by Mark.

If you have an interest in singing, why not come along to a rehearsal and see if you would like to take part and enjoy the Enfield Choral Society experience for yourself? We are always looking for new singers to join our 79-strong team. No audition necessary, just some singing ability and enthusiasm!

Enfield Choral Society meet every Tuesday from 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Bush Hill Park. For more information:
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