Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society
Registered Charity Number:  1097213
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Brief History of Burnham & Highbridge Choral

Society

The   Society   began   in   1972.   It   was   known   as   the   Parish   Choir.   The   organist   of   St   Andrew’s Church founded the Choir, which naturally met in the Church. From    the    outset,    there    was    a    Committee    and    a    Chairman.    The    President    was    the    Rev. Raymond   Dean,   who   took   a   very   active   interest.   By   1978   there   were   about   25   members.   At each   rehearsal,   members   would   put   a   donation   (5   shillings   =   25p)   in   a   bucket.   This   was intended to help towards Church Funds and heating. By   1978   the   M.D.   changed.   The   repertoire   was   pretty   standard,   with   items   well   known   to members:   Ollivet   To   Calvary   –   Crucifiction   –   Haydn’s;   The   Creation   –   parts   of   The   Messiah   etc. These    were    performed    in    either    St    Andrew’s,    St    John’s    Highbridge    or    the    Baptist    Church Burnham-on-Sea.   The   change   from   Parish   Choir   to   Burnham   and   Highbridge   Choral   Society was dramatic! In   1996   when   John   Henshaw   became   M.D.   there   was   a   rapid   increase   in   membership   (50/60) and   ,   along   with   it,   the   singing   of   works   that   only   a   much   larger   choir   could   tackle.   John introduced Frances Webb as our first professional accompanist. Since    John    passed    away    in    2009,    both    M.D.    and    Accompanist    have    been    professional musicians,   as   are   our   soloists.   With   the   growth   of   Community   Choirs,   the   Society   broadened its   repertoire   both   to   attract   new   members   and   attract   audiences   which   continue   to   thoroughly   enjoy   our   concerts.   The   Spring   Concert   is   usually   accompanied by an orchestral ensemble.

Recordings from Past Concerts

Christmas 2018 Spring 2018 Christmas 2017 Spring 2017 Spring 2016
Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society
Registered Charity Number:  1097213
Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society  2018 - Registered Charity No: 1097213 Privacy Policy

Brief History of Burnham & Highbridge

Choral Society

The   Society   began   in   1972.   It   was   known   as   the   Parish   Choir.   The   organist   of   St Andrew’s Church founded the Choir, which naturally met in the Church. From   the   outset,   there   was   a   Committee   and   a   Chairman.   The   President   was the   Rev.   Raymond   Dean,   who   took   a   very   active   interest.   By   1978   there   were about   25   members.   At   each   rehearsal,   members   would   put   a   donation   (5 shillings   =   25p)   in   a   bucket.   This   was   intended   to   help   towards   Church   Funds and heating. By   1978   the   M.D.   changed.   The   repertoire   was   pretty   standard,   with   items   well known   to   members:   Ollivet   To   Calvary   –   Crucifiction   –   Haydn’s;   The   Creation   parts   of   The   Messiah   etc.   These   were   performed   in   either   St   Andrew’s,   St John’s   Highbridge   or   the   Baptist   Church   Burnham-on-Sea.   The   change   from Parish Choir to Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society was dramatic! In    1996    when    John    Henshaw    became    M.D.    there    was    a    rapid    increase    in membership   (50/60)   and   ,   along   with   it,   the   singing   of   works   that   only   a   much larger     choir     could     tackle.     John     introduced     Frances     Webb     as     our     first professional accompanist. Since    John    passed    away    in    2009,    both    M.D.    and    Accompanist    have    been professional   musicians,   as   are   our   soloists.   With   the   growth   of   Community Choirs,   the   Society   broadened   its   repertoire   both   to   attract   new   members   and attract   audiences   which   continue   to   thoroughly   enjoy   our   concerts.   The   Spring Concert is usually accompanied by an orchestral ensemble.

Recordings from Past Concerts

Christmas 2018 Spring 2018 Christmas 2017 Spring 2017 Spring 2016