2016/17 Season


A Summer concert with the combined voices of Taunton Choral Society and St Mary’s Church Choir

This summer TCS present a concert of works exploring the boundaries of what might be called Classical Music. Not all composers trained and skilled in their high craft choose to live and compose in that society. Their tastes, eccentricities or handicaps can make them the outliers in the repertoire – fringing the boundary between the traditional and the wider world. Yet, here we can mine the richest seams of musical ore; music that doesn’t carry with it the baggage of expectation. In this concert the traditional mixes with influences of jazz and the avant-garde. The music may be separated by history or style, but the unifying theme lies in the composers – each one being in some way “different” from their society, and forced to overcome barriers to their success.

Music by Bruckner, Satie, Holst and Shearing make up the programme which also includes a trombone part specially arranged by TCS musical director Ed Goater. Ed will also be giving a pre-concert talk at 3:30 before the concert at 4pm. Strawberries and ‘fizz’ will be on sale from around 3pm and there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s Organ Fund.

Admission is by free ticket available from either:





Earlier this year

Mozart ‘Requiem’ – 22nd April 2017

This was a composite programme that included not only the Requiem but also included ‘Te Deum in C Major’ by Michael Haydn, ‘Nonet in F Major Op31’ by Louis Spohr and ‘Insanae et Vanae Curae’ by Joseph Haydn. It was extremely well received and once again showed TCS’s versatility and Ed Goater’s developing ambition for the choir.

‘Messiah’ by Handel – Christmas Concert 17th December 2016

TCS and Taunton Sinfonietta shone in this wonderful performance of ‘Messiah’ at St Mary Magdalene Church in Taunton. Click here to see Miles Quick’s review of this concert.

Carols By Candlelight – Advent Concert 26th November 2016

This was a very atmospheric occasion with St John’s Church entirely candle-lit. It was the first concert led by our new Musical Director, Edward Goater – click here to see Miles Quick’s very favourable review.



2015/16 Season

Our 2015/16 season came to a close with a programme of Duruflé and Vaughan Williams coinciding with the retirement of Stephen Bell.

Click here for a review of the April 2016 concert – Duruflé Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Toward the Unknown Region

Click her for a review of the December 2015 concert – Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Orchestral Suite No3 in D

2014/15 Season

Click here for a review of the April 2015 concert – Hymn to Gaia and Magnificat