2017 – 2018 Season

The French Touch

Saturday 21st October, 2017
St Dunstans Church, Woking

French classics from Faure, Durufle, Vierne and Franck in the pleasant surroundings of St Dunstans Church in Woking.

Family Christmas Concert

Monday 11th December, 2017
Christ Church, Woking

Join us for our traditional annual family concert with carols for choir and audience, right in the heart of Woking town centre.

Come and Sing Mozart’s Requiem

Saturday 10th February, 2018
Trinity Methodist Church, Woking

Following the success of our Come and Sing Rutter’s Requiem in 2017, we are returning in 2018 with the same format and venue but a new piece: Mozart’s Requiem.

Mozart’s Requiem

Saturday 21st April, 2018
Venue to be confirmed

Summer Proms

Wednesday 28th June 2017, 7.30pm
Trinity Methodist Church, Woking

Join Epworth Choir for tea and cake and an evening of inspiring music. Programme includes English part songs and folksongs, with works by Handel, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Rutter.

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

Epworth Choir held a concert featuring Rutter’s Requiem and Renaissance Masterpieces. They were 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 raised 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 “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”.

 

Gloria!

Gloria! concert posterSaturday 29th October 2016
7.45pm
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
7.30pm
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
7.30pm
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.

 

All Creatures Great and Small

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On Saturday 18 October 2015, Woking’s Epworth Choir gave a concert at St Dunstan’s RC Church in Woking. The music was based on the theme All Creatures Great and Small – a celebration of nature in music. The choice of repertoire was varied and entertaining and was very enjoyable both for the audience and the performers.

The choir began with a selection of Old English Madrigals telling of animals and birds in stories and song. The choir members sang with beautiful tone and excellent diction and the audience were very appreciative.

The concert was conducted by the choir’s Music Director, Michael Waldron, and featured the soloists Augusta Hebbert, Jessica Dandy, Stephen Mills and Laurence Williams. They each sang individual solos which were warmly applauded. All four singers are young, very talented and the audience really enjoyed their performances.

They also sang the solo roles in the choir’s main work in the second half – Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C (“Sparrow Mass:), KV 220. This particular mass is not often sung in concerts and many of the audience members commented how much they enjoyed hearing it.

The choir also sang a variety of pieces by modern composers (Bob Chilcott, John Rutter and John Tavener) and the beautiful singing of all choir members showed off their ability to embrace a wide range of repertoire.

Our visiting instrumentalists were also young and very talented. We were delighted to welcome back organist Jeremy Cole who played JS Bach’s Pastorale F Major BMV 590 and once again impressed the audience with his skill. The Keats Quartet joined us for the first time and gave a beautiful rendition of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major (“The Lark”).

Jeremy and the Keats Quartet also accompanied the choir for some of the pieces and we all enjoyed performing together.

The concert supported the vital work of the Woking and Sam Beare Hospices and a retiring collection raised over £365 for the Charity.

Gabriel Fauré: Requiem

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Cantique de Jean Racine
Pavane

Woking’s Epworth Choir presented a ‘Celebration of French Music’ with works by Gabriel Fauré at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford on Saturday 18th April 2015. The concert, conducted by Epworth Choir’s Music Director, Michael Waldron also featured Gemma Summerfield, Mezzo SopranoLaurence Williams, BaritoneJeremy Cole, Organ and the Orchestra of the Pinnacle Ensemble.

The memorable performance of Gabriel Fauré’s enduring Requiem by the choir and orchestra was enhanced by the glorious singing of Gemma Summerfield, who stood in for Amy Lyddon at very short notice. The audience also very much appreciated Laurence Williams’ interpretation of three songs by Maurice Ravel and the Duruflé/Vierne organ solos performed in virtuoso style by Jeremy Cole. The choir’s performance of Cantique de Jean Racine and Pavanne completed a most enjoyable evening in celebration of French music.

The Concert raised £442 in support of the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s ‘Detecting Women’s Cancers’ Charity Appeal.