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Invitation to Singers

Our next concert is a special celebration of 50 years of the South Somerset Choral Society. We will be performing JS Bach’s great “Mass in B minor” in the spectacular surroundings of the new Tithe Barn at Haselbury Mill on Saturday March 18th 2017, and we are inviting singers to come and join us to swell our ranks for this important occasion in the choir’s history.
If you’d like to come and join us for that concert, please contact our Membership Secretary for details of subscriptions etc
We start rehearsals in our usual venue – Barrington Village Hall (TA19 0JE) on Thursday January 5th at 7.30pm. A copy of the music will be provided, but if you’d like to bring your own, the edition we will be using is the Barenreiter BA5102 (that number is very important as there are two versions - which look very similar - by the same publisher).
We’ll look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions please get in touch by email – all the useful email addresses are on the “Contacts” page


For the review of our last concert please go to the "Reviews" tab

Dates for your diary: Please see the Membership tab

The Society was formed almost 50 years ago and has staged concerts at least twice a year ever since. They usually take place in March or April and November, with a Carol Concert in December. There are also other special public events and several social events during the year which will be published on this web site and also advertised to choir members at rehearsals. 

Photo courtesy Tris Pinkney and National Trust at Barrington Court

Further details of forthcoming concerts can be found on the "Next Concert" tab

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Tim Donaldson (Musical Director)

Tim began singing as a boy chorister in Canterbury Cathedral. After University in Leeds (where he was choirmaster and deputy organist at the Anglican Chaplaincy Church) he joined BBC Radio as an Engineer, working in London, Bristol and finally, Luton, where he sang in many choirs. He was a member of a professional church choir in London and, as a member of the Corydon Singers, recorded Rachmaninov’s “Vespers” amongst other things. As a soloist, he sang the part of Pilate in the Somerset Chamber Choir’s performance of Bach’s “St John Passion” alongside Emma Kirkby, but has also made solo appearances with the North Curry Village Choir, Taunton Concert Band and South Somerset Choral Society. He conducted the Wingrave Singers (near Aylesbury) and, after a move to commercial radio in Bristol, Nailsea Choral Society for eight years. A founder member of the Somerset Chamber Choir, he conducts an occasional choir – the Somerset Consort - which performs in venues by invitation. He was appointed Assistant Musical Director of the South Somerset Choral Society in 2008, and has now succeeded Richard Barrell as Musical Director. He lives at Drayton, near Langport, with his wife Karen and their two children.


Rehearsal accompanist Shirley Long



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This page was last updated on December 4, 2016 12:43 PM