South Somerset Choral Society
Press release: 8 April 2015
GOLDEN BAROQUE FROM LOCAL CHOIR
An enthusiastic audience at a recent concert held at St.Mary’s Church in Chard were treated to a performance by South Somerset Choral Society of a wide selection of works by the outstanding baroque composers of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Under the baton of Musical Director Tim Donaldson, and accompanied by six outstanding soloists and an orchestra led by Jane Margeson, the church resounded to the beautiful sounds of Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Scarlatti and Vivaldi from Italy; Buxtehude and Schutz from Germany and Rameau from France.
Critic John Patrick Mingay said of the performance that the combined effect of the choir, soloists and orchestra was “grand and sumptuous”. He went on to say that “This challenging programme of music not in the usual repertoire of a choral society gave us the opportunity to experience some of the fine works of the period and was much enjoyed and appreciated by all – as witnessed by the extended applause.”.
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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
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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