MICKLEHAM CHORAL SOCIETY

 

 

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.

A large part of our year is taken up with preparation for involvement in the Leith Hill Festival and we end the year with a themed Summer Concert. See our 'Recent Concerts' page for past themes.

 

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.

 

The choral society has a 10m X 4 m marquee available for hire

Hire Charge £50 

     

Please contact marquee@micklehamchoral.org.uk

 

Leith Hill Music Festival 2016

Winner in 7 out of 8 classes and Overall Winner

Musical Director:   Juliet Hornby

Accompanist: Jan Assersohn

Chairman:   David Kennington

Secretary:   Anne Weaver

 

Box office: secretary@micklehamchoral.org.uk or 01306 883932

 

 

 

Our last Summer Concert 

took place Saturday June 23rd at 7.30 in the Village Hall

 

 “Déjà Vu”  or “Where Have I Heard That Tune Before?”  

 

This featured music from commercials, films and shows.   Instead of having a programme, the audience had a sheet that  to fill in with the name and composer of the piece and where it was featured.  There were bonus points for names of actors etc.   So a bit like a quiz.  And prizes, prizes, prizes!!!   

 

 

 

 

 

LEITH HILL MUSIC FESTIVAL

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.

 

Following the tradition established by Vaughan Williams, the St. Matthew Passion or the St. John Passion of J. S. Bach are also frequently performed by the combined choral societies.

 

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.

 

 

SPECIAL EVENT

 

Saturday 3rd February. The morning choral singing workshop run by Deborah Miles Johnson was a great success. She combined vocal technique training with amusing anecdotes to give us  a day to remember. The ample lunch rounded off the event with conviviality.

 

see www.choralclinic.co.uk to see what she does.