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. 

Tickets will be available on the door at £10. Cash, credit or debit card, contactless, Apple Pay and Google Pay.

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”.

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.

Epworth Christmas Celebration

Tuesday 15th December, 7.30pm
Online via Zoom

This year has been difficult for everyone and we are so disappointed that we won’t be able to hold our Epworth Christmas concert this year. However, I am delighted to tell you that we will be holding an on-line event that can be accessed by everyone. There are no tickets required but we are still supporting the York Road Project as our charity of the year and would ask that you make a donation of whatever you can afford to them.

The evening will be a chance to look back at some of our previous concerts, we have videos from 2006, 2009 and 2013 and these will be mixed with some live music from Michael and Laurence and a chance for you to sing along with some traditional Christmas carols.

We will also have some readings and prayers from Peter, Marian and Barbara and an appeal from the York Road project. Time will be available for you to have a chat and we will set up some areas in zoom for you to do this at the end.

Please forward this invitation to all of your family and friends, dress in Christmas attire and bring along a drink and nibble of your own choice. We look forward to seeing you all.

You can join us using Zoom by clicking the link below:

https://openexc.zoom.us/j/94875225591?pwd=TUt4dlB6R2FjRmF2YksvNFlpTzhqdz09

Meeting ID: 948 7522 5591
Passcode: 151220

You can download the programme for tonight’s concert here.

Summer Singers

Wednesday 22nd July 2020, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Zoom – Online only

Do you fancy a relaxed and informal sing through a broad range of music? Join Epworth Choir for a friendly sing through music ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. From the sacred to the secular, the serious to the light-hearted, there really will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Broadway Revue

Rehearsed online during the COVID-19 pandemic, an upbeat performance of many of the best-loved melodies from the rich heritage of Broadway. From Rogers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, Cole Porter and George Gershwin through to the present day, there really was something to get every foot tapping.

This was our first in-person concert since the start of the pandemic. We welcomed a small number of friends and family of the choir on Wednesday 10th November 2021 at 7.30pm in Trinity Methodist Church, Woking.

But fear not if you missed it, we also for the first time welcomed a virtual audience live on Zoom – and you can find a recording of the concert here.

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

CANCELLED: Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man

Concert poster

CANCELLED: 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.

Come and Sing: Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Saturday 1st February 2020, 11am – 5pm
Trinity Methodist Church, Woking

This year’s Come and Sing day featured Mendelssohn’s masterpiece, Elijah. With rousing choruses vividly portraying this biblical tale, this was an extremely popular and enjoyable workshop.

Members of the choir were joined by singers of all voice types, ages and abilities from the Woking area to learn and perform Elijah in a single day.

We kicked off with some warm-ups and then started getting familiar with the piece led by our conductor, Michael.

At the end of the afternoon we will put on an informal ‘performance’ of everything we’d learned for any of our friends and family.