We are a friendly amateur mixed choir of about 80 singers from Woking and the surrounding areas.
The choir regularly performs in Woking and Guildford, engaging professional orchestras and soloists. After 60 years of performing, Epworth has developed the assured reputation as one of Surrey’s leading choirs. The aim of the Epworth Choir is to raise money for local charities, whilst promoting the enjoyment of choral singing as a pleasurable activity, easily accessible to all.
Each Year the Epworth Choir performs a spectrum of music ranging from major choral works in Guildford Cathedral with professional soloists and orchestras, to popular music and carols at venues in Woking. As well as regular rehearsals and concerts, the choir participates in other events and members take part in choral workshops and social activities.
We are now back to rehearsing in-person (with distancing, ventilation and other adaptations to keep us safe) and we are also now streaming our rehearsals live via Zoom.
Our Next Concert
Come and enjoy an evening of popular choruses and arias and celebrate the end of a successful year of singing for Epworth Choir.
This ‘Evening at the Opera’ conducted by Michael Waldron and accompanied by Jonathan Lilley (piano) will feature performances by two talented professional soloists – Soprano Lynsey Docherty and Tenor Anthony Flaum.
Our programme, including Puccini’s Humming Chorus; Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and Brindisi; Bizet’s Habanera; Wagner’s Bridal Chorus and Handel’s Chorus of Enchanted Islanders, is guaranteed to have you singing all the way home!
This year we are supporting Woking Street Angels, who celebrated their 10 year anniversary in 2021. As usual, we will hear about the work of the Woking Street Angles and there will be a collection to support their work on the night. You can also donate up to £10 by text message (SMS): please send the message WSA and the £ amount (e.g. WSA £5) to 70085.
Tickets will be available on the door at £10. Cash, credit or debit card, contactless, Apple Pay and Google Pay.
Our Most Recent Concert
- The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins
Saturday 2nd April 2022, 7.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford
In March 2020, we were less than a week away from performing this piece when the first national lockdown was announced. We were delighted finally to be able to perform it in the glorious setting of Holy Trinity Church on Guildford High Street.
This modern masterpiece by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins has become a firm favourite with audiences and performers alike. Karl Jenkins is perhaps best known for “Adiemus” (originally written for a Delta Airlines TV advert). Adiemus led to a series of pieces in the same style which topped the album charts as “Songs of Sanctuary”.
The Armed Man is a mass, first performed at The Royal Albert Hall in 2000 and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis. The piece begins with the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection; shows the horrors that war brings; and ends with the hope for peace in a new millennium, when “sorrow, pain and death can be overcome”.