About Us

WHO ARE WE?

The aim of the Society is to perform choral music of many genres in and around Haverhill for two reasons

1) To enable as many as possible to sing in a group for enjoyment.

2) To contribute to the cultural life of the area.

To achieve these aims we present two or three major concerts a year and a number of smaller events in co-operation with local organisations.

We welcome anyone who would like to sing and do not hold auditions. Newcomers are welcome to attend a few rehearsals, without obligation to see how they get on. We work hard during rehearsals but still find time to relax and enjoy the occasional humorous ad lib from choir members.

We also organise a number of informal social and fund raising events throughout the year.

Our repertoire is wide. In recent times we have sung major works by Mendelssohn, (Elijah, Hear my Prayer), Brahms (Ein Deutsches Requiem), Orff (Carmina Burana), Handel (Messiah), Bernstein (Chichester Psalms), Elgar (The Music makers) and, in conjunction with Halstead Choral Society, Verdi (Requiem).

In addition we have performed music by Britten, Bacharach, The Beatles, Chilcott, Rutter, Berlin, Lloyd-Webber, Fauré, Byrd, Tavener and many, many more.

Our President is Christopher Gurteen whose ancestor, Daniel Gurteen founded the Society in 1860 and whose family has always maintained support for the society.

Our Musical director is Jane Wright, a graduate of the Guildhall school of Music who has sung with many choirs, including the Britten-Pears chamber choir. Jane was Head of Music at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill from 1984 to 2011. She became the Society’s Musical Director in 2002 and has expanded its repertoire greatly.

Come and join us. Don’t be shy. You will be assured of a warm welcome.