MICKLEHAM CHORAL SOCIETY
'COME AND SING' New members are sure of a warm welcome to our first rehearsal of the year on Thursday 6th September - Mickleham Village Hall at 8.00pm
Mickleham Choral Society performs three concerts per year as well as taking part in the Leith Hill Music Festival in the late Spring.
In November we have a Remembrance Day Concert in which the choral society is joined by other local musicians. This is followed by a Christmas Carol Party in December.
In January we start preparing for our performance in the Leith Hill Festival and we end the year with a themed Summer Concert. See the 'History of MCS' page for recent concerts.
The Society meets on a Thursday evening at 8:00pm in Mickleham Village Hall from September to the end of June.
We always welcome new singers - no experience necessary - just a desire to come and sing. For more information or if you are interested in joining, please use the 'Contact Us' link below.
LEITH HILL FESTIVAL RESULTS 2109
Winner of 'Own Choice' class
Runners up in Ensemble, Lower voices song, Madrigal
View the full scoresheet on the members page.
OUR NEXT CONCERT
Sunday 10 November 2019
'Eventide' - a concert for Remembrance Sunday
St Michael's Church 7:00pm
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Each year in April, the town of Dorking plays host to the Leith Hill Music Festival for local choral societies.
This was founded in 1905 by Margaret Vaughan Williams, sister of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Lady (Evangeline) Farrer, wife of Lord Farrer of Abinger Hall. Ralph Vaughan Williams was the Festival Conductor from 1905 to 1953. The present Festival Conductor is Jonathan Willcocks.
It is a competitive festival lasting three days, each day with a different division of choirs; each evening the choirs who have competed during the day combine to give a concert of the works which form the subject of the competitions.
After the death of Vaughan Williams in 1958, the festival committee commissioned from David McFall A.R.A., two identical bronze plaques with a likeness of the composer; one was placed in St. Martin's church and one in the Dorking Halls. In 2001 a smaller than life size bronze statue of Vaughan Williams by William Fawke was erected outside the Dorking Halls.
Review: Mickleham Choral Society's Summer Concert
As several members of St Michael's Church Choir belong to the Mickleham Choral Society, l was persuaded without much difficulty to go along to their summer concert in St Martin's Church, Dorking. on 22nd June. I had heard much about MCS, so was looking forward to the event.
On a lovely summer's evening, with the vibrant colours of the great East window all alight, all at their very best, the choir with an impromptu orchestra from the Menuhin School of Music, launched into Vivaldi's Gloria. l know the Gloria well, having sung in it, and accompanied parts of it on occasion, and even having been part of the continuo ensemble on others; it is one of the sublime gems of the choral repertoire. This performance was as good as I have heard anywhere. The attack was incisive, the intonation faultless, and - above all - the music simply rang out around the spacious building with its fine acoustic (what a happy choice of venue ), driven by fire and enthusiasm. lf she can produce results of this quality, it is no wonder that the Director Juliet Hornby, is so highly regarded, or that the ranks of the choir have swelled so over the years.
Full marks to the orchestral players, too, and to the soloists (of whom more in a moment). For the second half of the programme we heard a variety of pieces: secular anthems and solos; spirituals; a fine piano duet (Benjamin's Jamaican Rumba, played by Jan Assersohn and Tracy Kennington); and an amazing ensemble piece: Two for the Price of One by Carter, delivered with such fire and precision it quite took your breath away! Wonderful! And our two soloists, accompanied by Jan on the piano, performed music that in each case sent shivers up and down my spine. Laura Stephenson (mezzo) sang Rachmaninoff's ‘Spring Waters’ and flooded the building with the sheer power of her voice, while sacrificing none of her artistry. Anna Leon, singing Gershwin's ‘Summertime’ was simply sublime: her control of the music at its very softest absolutely faultless and thrilling. I never heard it ‘done that good'!
The choir then closed with a Korean folk song Arirang arranged by Hyo-Won Woo.
And, as Pepys might say, so to bed -very happy'
St Michael's Church Organist