Stainer’s Crucifixion

Saturday 25th March 2023, 7.30pm
Trinity Methodist Church, Woking | Map

Join us for a meditative musical journey through the events of the Easter story, conducted by Michael Waldron,  with tenor and bass soloists.

‘The Crucifixion’ by Stainer has been a firm favourite with choirs for over 130 years. It tells the story of Christ’s crucifixion through a sequence of choruses and hymns for choir with arias for bass and tenor soloists.

The concert will support Citizens Advice Woking.

Tickets are now available online priced at £15 using the book now button below (on the door price £20).

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Come and Sing! Verdi’s Requiem

Saturday 28th January 2023, 10am to 5pm
Trinity Methodist Church, Woking | Map

Come and join Epworth Choir for the day to rehearse choruses from the thrilling Verdi ‘Requiem’, led by our Music Director Michael Waldron

This famous work has many memorable choral sections, including the dramatic ‘Dies Irae’ and the joyful ‘Sanctus’ – wonderful to learn, or revisit if you have sung it before. 

We’ll perform an informal concert for friends and family (free of charge) at the end of the afternoon.

Family Christmas Concerts

Saturday 17th December 2022, 3.30pm and 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Horsell

Celebrate the Christmas season with beautiful choral classics and carols for choir and audience, along with music from our special guests, the Jazz Group from Woking High School.

Join us for the afternoon concert starting at 3.30pm, or evening concert starting at 7.30pm. There’ll be festive interval refreshments available to purchase.

The concert will support Jigsaw Woking, a charity which provides quality pre-loved clothing, toys and equipment, by referral, for families with children under 11. 

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”.

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.