Family Christmas Concert

christmas-2016-posterMonday 12th December 2016, 7.30pm
Christ Church, Woking (map)

Woking’s Epworth Choir performed its annual Family Christmas Carol Concert at Christ Church, Woking on Monday 12th December 2016.  They were joined by St Andrew’s School Choir.

The concert was held in aid of LinkAble, a Woking-based charity serving those with learning disabilities in the local community. Since 1989, LinkAble has been helping people with learning disabilities by providing children, young people and adults with a range of sporting, social and leisure activities in and around the community that would otherwise be unavailable.

This much-loved annual carol concert conducted by the choir’s Music Director, Michael Waldron, included uplifting carols and Christmas music to celebrate the festive season.  Michael said recently: ‘I am really pleased that the choir is supporting such a worthy organisation in LinkAble, and excited that St Andrew’s School choir could join us.

Come and Sing Rutter’s Requiem

come-and-sing-posterSaturday 25th February 2017, 11am – 5pm
Trinity Methodist Church, Woking

In preparation for our Spring concert in Guildford on the 29th April 2017, Epworth Choir opened its doors for a day’s workshop on Rutter’s beautiful and accessible Requiem.

Conducted by Michael Waldron and accompanied by Laurence Williams, we were also joined by critically-acclaimed soprano, Augusta Hebbert. In addition to singing, she led elements of the workshop working on good singing and vocal technique in an applied setting. The day culminated with an informal performance of the work in the warm and pleasant surroundings of Trinity Methodist Church.


Augusta Hebbert

British Soprano Augusta Hebbert is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, an ENO OperaWorks Artist and a Britten Pears Young Artist. She studies with American Soprano Sheila Barnes.

An experienced concert soloist in a broad repertoire, Augusta has collaborated with Richard Egarr in Handel’s Saul, Masaaki Suzuki in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Mark Padmore in Bach’s St John Passion and Julian Perkins in Daniel Purcells’s Judgement of Paris. Augusta is a founding member of La Nuova Musica, and roles include Galatea in an acclaimed perfumed performance of Handel’s Acis and Galatea at St John’s Smith Square, Amarilli (Il Pastor Fido) and Bellezza (Il Trionfo del Tempo) both for the London Handel Festival. She also features on their disc of Handel’s Dixit Dominus for Harmonia Mundi.

In opera she made her debut at Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse in Handel’s Belshazzar under Rene Jacobs, has toured the role of Countess (Mozart Marriage of Figaro) for ENO Opera Squad, worked with Louis Langrée, Ivor Bolton and Pablo Heras-Casado at Aix International Opera Festival, and with British Youth Opera, Bury Court Opera and Opera Settecento.

Current and future engagements include, The Tempest (Elizabeth Kenny/OAE, York Early Music Festival), Hasse Demetrio (Opera Settecento, Cadogan Hall), Casanova’s Conquest (Sounds Baroque, King’s Place), Haydn Nelson Mass (London Choral Sinfonia, Cadogan Hall), Rossi and Monteverdi (Early Opera Company, Spitalfields Festival), Madame Butterfly (Cover, Bury Court Opera), Cambridge Early Music Festival with Spiritato, and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Rutter Requiem and Renaissance Masterpieces

rutterposterSaturday 29 April 2017, 7.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford (map)

Epworth Choir will be holding a concert featuring Rutter’s Requiem and Renaissance Masterpieces. They will be joined once more by members of the Woking Symphony Orchestra and soloist Augusta Hebbert.

The Epworth Choir, which was established almost 60 years ago, has a long tradition of supporting local charities. For this concert, the choir will be raising funds for Action for Children, who help disadvantaged children through fostering and adoption, and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse.

The choir’s Music Director, Michael Waldron, said recently “I am sure that music lovers will thoroughly enjoy John Rutter’s beautiful Requiem, and we have chosen a collection of glorious Renaissance pieces for the other half of our programme. We hope to attract a sell-out audience and raise as much money as possible for Action for Children, which does such important work”.

Tickets are £20 and £15 for adults and £5 for under 12s.

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Gloria! concert posterSaturday 29th October 2016
St Dunstan’s Church, Woking (map)

The programme featured the well-known work: Schubert Mass in G which is the most popular of six masses by the composer and was written in just under a week when he was 18!  The concert also featured ‘The Vivaldi Gloria’, which was composed by Vivaldi in around 1715.  Now hugely popular, it was, in fact, little known until the late 1920s with the first modern performance in 1939.

The Epworth Choir, which was established over 50 years ago, has a long tradition of supporting local charities.  For this concert, the choir will be raising funds for Transform Housing and Support which provides housing and support for more than 1000 homeless and vulnerable people each year in Surrey, Sutton and Wokingham.

For Queen and Country

For Queen and CountrySaturday 23rd April 2016
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford [Map]

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, Epworth Choir held a concert featuring music for choir, brass and organ. The programme featured many well-known pieces such as Zadok the PriestI Was Glad and Coronation Anthems.

The Epworth Choir, which was established over 50 years ago, has a long tradition of supporting local charities. For this concert, the choir raised funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, which provides vital support and end of life care across West Surrey and North East Hampshire to patients and families affected by cancer or other serious progressive illness.

The choir’s Musical Director, Michael Waldron, said recently “Our Queen has broken two records.  She’s our longest lived and our longest reigning monarch.  With her 90th birthday this year, we wanted to celebrate by holding a concert with music fit for a queen!”

Family Christmas Concert 2015

Family Christmas 2015Saturday 12th December 2015
HG Wells Centre, Woking

Woking’s Epworth Choir performed its annual Family Christmas Carol Concert at the HG Wells Centre, Woking on Saturday 12th December 2015.

This year’s Concert, conducted by the choir’s Music Director, Michael Waldron, included the usual mix of carols old and new and there was plenty of opportunity for everyone to celebrate the festive season with the ever-popular audience carols.  Laurence Williams, baritone sand a solo and two young brass players, Adam Stockbridge and Sam Kinrade also joined us.

We were delighted to support the York Road Project at this concert and are very pleased that Andrew Hall, the well-known actor and director  represented the charity at the event.

The much-anticipated annual carol concert was, as usual, a joyous occasion of seasonal music that perfectly captured the true spirit of the festive season.


Matilda Lloyd – Trumpet

Matilda LloydMatilda Lloyd, 17, started playing the trumpet at the age of 8. In 2010 she won the Normans Trumpet Scholarship to Junior Guildhall where she is studying with Andy Mitchell, and this year she won the Junior Guildhall Trumpet Scholarship. Matilda is the principal trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and also principal cornet of the Junior Guildhall Brass Band and principal trumpet at the Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra. Matilda played solo flugelhorn on one of the 8 music barges in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Matilda has also just won the Guildford Symphony Orchestra Young Artists’ prize and has been invited to play concertos in Guildford, Tonbridge, Canterbury and at St. Martin in the Fields in London. She will also be joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra in one of their lunchtime concerts in February.

Two years ago she joined the National Youth Wind Ensemble on their two-week tour to the Far East as one of the youngest members of the band. Next summer, Matilda will be touring to Budapest as guest principal trumpet with the Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra. She was also a member of the National Children’s Orchestra and plays in the Kent County Youth Orchestra as well as many other county ensembles. She enjoys taking part in competitions and festivals and has recently won cups and awards at the Sutton, Reigate and Redhill, and Woking Music Festivals. Matilda is also working for her piano diploma and her Grade 8 cello.

November 2012

Photographer: Richard Olivier

Seán Ruane – Tenor

Seán RuaneTenor Seán Ruane is one of the rising stars of the opera world, whose breathtaking vocal artistry comes with an endearing, easygoing style that has allowed him to grace grand opera, TV and sporting arenas with ease. Equally at home performing in front of the cognoscenti of Covent Garden or fervent football fans at Wembley, Seán has worked all over Europe, the United States, Russia, Australia and New Zealand since making his professional debut in 2001, Opera Holland Park was his very first professional engagement in Manon Lescaut in 2001 and he has returned each summer since.

Highlights of his operatic career include his debut at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in The Tempest (Thomas Adés), he then moved with the production to the Opéra National du Rhin. Other roles followed at the ROH including a welcome return in the revival of The Tempest.

While opera remains at the heart of his work, Seán has become the voice for many of the national sporting events. He has sung ahead of England football internationals, the Irish Rugby Six Nations internationals and during the last three Ashes series, for the English Cricket Team. He has also appeared on the bill of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, alongside the likes of Paul Weller, Jools Holland and comedian Johnny Vegas.

Educated in his native Lancashire, Seán completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music . His exceptional promise was recognised by the Peter Moores Foundation who supported Seán as a young professional. Through them he was able to study in Italy with Fernanda Puccini. Seán was subsequently awarded a place on the prestigious Academia di Puccini studying with the world renowned Magda Olivero and Rania Kabiavanski. Most recently Sean was a finalist in the ‘Concorso Lirico Internazionale’, Italy, working with Rolando Panerai, Ines Salazar and Vivien Hewitt.

In 2011, Sean established CHANT alongside business partner Wil Woan. Since autumn 2011 they have designed an innovative programme of opportunities for young people, giving them access to work alongside industry professionals in Arts, Media and Sport. CHANT believes that Stadiums are the theatres of the future for young people and hold the potential to unlock youth talent and challenge some of the Country’s greatest social problems. 2012 promises to be even more exciting with programmes being developed with the BBC, The FA, RFL and the Football League.

Susan Young – Soprano

Susan YoungRaised in Northumberland with qualifications from the Universities of Durham and London and Trinity College of Music, Susan is a versatile singer winning critical praise for her strong dramatic sense and rich, warm sound.

Her operatic roles include Katya (cover)/The Passenger (English National Opera), Second Niece (cover)/Peter Grimes (English National Opera), Caterina/L’amico Fritz, Micaëla/Carmen (Opera Holland Park), La Comtesse/Le Count Ory, Lucy/The Telephone (New Chamber Opera) and in scenes, Anne Trulove/The Rake’s Progress, Pamina/Die Zauberflöte and Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Chamber Opera).

An integral part of the group of musicians who founded the now internationally renowned Oxford Lieder Festival, Susan possesses a diverse, extensive song repertoire, including new, commissioned works and has sung at venues including HM Treasury, Handel House Museum, Leighton House, London; Holywell Music Room, New College Chapel and Jacqueline du Pre Hall, Oxford. Having enjoyed collaborating with pianists such as Julius Drake, Iain Farrington, Alisdair Hogarth and Sholto Kynoch, she is delighted to establish a new duo partnership with Ben Dawson.

Susan is a regular soloist with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford performing works including Bach St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and Mozart Requiem. Other notable concert appearances are Mozart Mass in C Minor, Beethoven Mass in C, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Dvorak Te Deum, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony, Dona Nobis Pacem, Tippett A Child of Our Time and Orff Carmina Burana.

August 2012