Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore

Saturday 12th November 2022, 7.30pm
Trinity Methodist Church, Brewery Road, Woking | Map

Come aboard the HMS Pinafore for a journey of love, mischief and bad behaviour on the open seas. With chorus, orchestra and soloists.

We will be supporting Home Start Runnymede & Woking which provides emotional and practical support to parents with at least one child under five years old.

Tickets £15 in advance when booked online below, or £20 on the door (cash, cards, Apple or Google Pay accepted).

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Opera!

Wednesday 29th June 2022, 7.30pm
Trinity Methodist Church, Woking | Map

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.

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”.

Watch the Epworth Choir Christmas Concert 2021

We were thrilled to be able to welcome a small (but perfectly formed) live audience once again to our Christmas concert, but we would have liked to welcome so many more. Fear not (said he)! This year we have recorded the concert for you to watch and listen to at your leisure.

Don’t forget we’re still supporting our charity of the year, Woking Street Angels and you can donate up to £10 at any time via text message. Please text the message WSA and the £ amount (e.g. WSA £5) to 70085.

This is a format we’re still working on, so apologies the spoken word parts of the performance are very quiet on the recording, but we hope you enjoy the music.

Epworth Christmas Concert 2021

We’re back! After the success of our first ‘hybrid’ in-person and online concert (Broadway Revue) in November, we repeated a similar format for our annual Christmas Concert which took place on Wednesday 8th December 2021at 7.30pm, at Trinity Methodist Church in Woking.

We are once again supporting Woking Street Angels and you can donate up to £10 via text message, please text the message WSA and the £ amount (e.g. WSA £5) to 70085.

Sumer is icumen in

Epworth choir continued to rehearse weekly via Zoom during the spring of 2021, and following our online success Handel’s Messiah, we turned to folk song for the summer.

We sang a wide range of folk songs arranged by Copeland, Britton and Hywel Davies.

And for anyone wondering about the title – here’s the reference! Sumer_is_icumen_in

Handel’s Messiah Workshops

We’re delighted to share details of a series of workshops Michael and Laurence will be running based around Handel’s Messiah

These workshops are aimed at everyone, and particularly those of you who may not have felt comfortable singing online. Only the vocal health workshop will involve any active participation. All the other sessions will take the form of relaxed and informal presentations, where we can explore this amazing piece of music in a bit more detail, alongside developing our musicianship skills. 

They are intended to be totally inclusive and collaborative: there will be opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts.

The sessions will run fortnightly, starting on Monday 1 February at 2-3pm. They will be recorded and uploaded online for those who cannot join live.

The Zoom link for all the sessions is:
https://openexc.zoom.us/j/94079247223 [Meeting ID: 940 7924 7223]

I heartily encourage you all to join – especially those of you who haven’t been singing since we moved online. Please spread the word to anyone you feel might like to tune in.

Handel’s Messiah

While we don’t yet know when we can get back to in-person rehearsals or concerts, we can nevertheless continue to learn music together each week via Zoom. This term, we’re rehearsing Handel’s Messiah.

If you’d like to join in, please take a look at the Join us (on Zoom!) page and contact us from there.

Bring a touch of Broadway to your Wednesday nights!

Anyone can join our weekly online rehearsals and bring a touch of Broadway to your Wednesday nights! We’ve recently re-started weekly online rehearsals and we reckon we’ve now perfected the format for a weekly singing fix in the comfort of your own home.

If you’ve wondered about joining a choir in the past but never got round to it, there is literally no better time to start. Remember: in cyberspace, nobody can hear you sing!

We are learning a range of familiar and well-loved Broadway songs including New York, New York, Tea for Two, What a Wonderful World and We’ll Gather Lilacs – amongst many others. And we’re hoping this will form the basis for our first concert once we’re able to restart live performances.

For more information about how our online rehearsals work and details of how to join, visit the Join Us (on Zoom!) page on our website.

POSTPONED: Karl Jenkins – The Armed Man

Concert posterPOSTPONED: Karl Jenkins – The Armed Man

The Committee have reached a decision that the safest option to protect the choir and our audience from the increased risk of exposure to the Corinavirus (Covid-19) is to postpone our performance of The Armed Man – A Mass for peace which we were due to perform on Saturday 21st March 2020 at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford.

We will contact all ticket holders in due course to advise on next steps.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and ask you to bear with us while we re-plan our schedule for the year.