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South Somerset Choral Society

The proposed new singing course for men has been postponed until later in the year. Further details will be announced in due course. The Society would like to thank those who have already expressed interest.

Press Release:

6th February 2015
Last night at Barrington Village Hall a cheque for £1,041, representing the proceeds from South Somerset Choral Society's Christmas Concert, was presented to Claire Haynes, South West Fundraising Manager for the Stroke Association.
The photos below (by Les Farris) show the Choral Society's Chairman Peter Saunders (on the left) and Musical Director Tim Donaldson handing the cheque to Claire Haynes at a rehearsal of the choir.  The choir will present a programme of Baroque and earlier music on Saturday 28th March at St. Mary's Church in Chard.


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

NEW!! Details of music scores for January to March 2015 can be found here

For details of 100 club winners, please click here


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 February 27, 2015 10:08 PM