Programme

2017/18 Season

Coming up on 30 June 2018

A GERMAN REQUIEM Brahms

SCENES FROM THE BAVARIAN HIGHLANDS Elgar

St Mary Magdalene Church Taunton

Past Concerts

2017-18 Season

ST. JOHN PASSION  J S Bach – 17 March 2018

 

FANTASIA ON CHRISTMAS – 9th December 2017

TCS accompanied by Taunton Sinfonietta, presented four choral works by Finzi, Vaughan Williams and  J S Bach, along with a short work for piano and strings. The pre-concert talk focused on the lives and experiences of Vaughan Williams and Finzi, and how they drew inspiration from the nature and tranquility of rural Gloucestershire before the arrival of the M5. These composers, and others from the locality demonstrated the peaceful coexistence and lasting friendship, regardless of their background or faith.


2016-17 Season

WIRED TO CREATE – 30th July 2017

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

In conjunction with St Mary Magdalene Church Choir, TCS presented 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 mixed 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 made up the programme which also included a trombone part specially arranged by TCS musical director Ed Goater. There was a retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s Organ Fund.

Click here to read Ed Goater’s notes on the programme.

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