The Grantham Choral Society is experimenting with different styles of music for the new season

A choir will begin a new season by trying out different styles of music.

The Grantham Choral Society begins its new season on Tuesday September 6 with rehearsals at Harrowby Lane Methodist Church from 7.30pm.

It is advisable to arrive early to register and pick up music.

This season, the society‘s autumn concert departs from the usual repertoire in that it will follow the theme of “The Food of Love” with lyrics taken from Shakespeare’s songs and sonnets set to music by old and new English composers.

Harrowby Lane Methodist Church. Image via Google Streetview (55889571)

This fall, the company swapped requiems and oratorios for madrigals, music from an opera, mixed-part songs and even jazz-inspired music.

This is all down to the company trying out different styles of music with its music director David Humphreys via Zoom during the shutdowns.

A spokesperson for the society said: ‘It is a challenge that we hope we have overcome and now we are ready to share it with new and existing members of the society. We hope that everyone will take up this challenge.

“For those who enjoy the music of George Shearing, there will be the opportunity to sing some of his jazz-inspired music.

“Far from being very serious, all of this music will be fun to sing along to and hopefully encourage some of you to come and try what is for GCS a repertoire that will take us in another direction.”

“If you prefer more traditional choral singing, you won’t be disappointed as this will be the spring concert schedule. On the program, Vivaldi’s short but joyful Magnificat accompanied by Mozart’s Solemn Vespers.

“The Society has sung the Mozart before, but the Vivaldi is a new addition to the repertoire.

“There will be the usual evening of Christmas lyrics and music as the holiday season approaches. The two main concerts will be accompanied by professional instrumentalists and solo singers.

“We are always welcoming new singers and this season is no exception. All vocal parts are welcome (even if you are unsure, come along and advice will be offered).

“No auditions, just a great song with nice, like-minded people. Come in large numbers and you will be made very welcome.”

For details contact Fiona on 07973 993787 or email [email protected]

If you don’t sing but would like to become a Friend of the Society, contact Fiona as well.

Singers and audiences should keep November 19 free for their first concert of the season at ChristChurch, Finkin Street.



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