History

There was a Bromsgrove Musical Club in 1939 which gave organised concerts but this ceased to function during the war years.In 1947 the Bromsgrove Society of Arts was formed and the choir began to rehearse again.In 1955 the choral section became a separate society as an evening class of the Bromsgrove College of Further Education.

In 1978 the society ceased to be an evening class and became an individual charitable society, so the members were responsible for all expenses of running the society and engaging soloists and orchestras. This was made possible by a charitable trust and grants from the County and District Councils. For many years the choir flourished under the baton of Lyn Davies. When Lyn retired we were conducted by Carleton Etherington and after him by Simon Bertram. John Brierley took over in 2009.

In June 2015 the society held its first singing workshop day directed by David Lawrence. The work performed was Bob Chilcott’s Requiem.

Recent works performed by the choir include:

Mozart   –   Coronation Mass, Ave Verum and Laudate Dominum

Handel   –     Dettingen Te Deum and Zadok the Priest

Andrew Carter   –    Laudate Dominum

Choruses from various operas

Britten   –    St Nicholas

Karl Jenkins   –    The Armed Man

Duruflé    –    Requiem

Charpentier  –  Messe de Minuit

Stainer   –   The Crucifixion

Fauré   –   Requiem

Bach   –   Christmas Oratorio (excerpts)

A miscellany of show songs

Vaughan Williams    –     Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Haydn   –   Spring (from The Seasons)

Schubert   –   Requiem

Mendelssohn   –   Elijah

Handel  –  Part 1 of Messiah

Rutter  –  When Icicles Hang

Rutter  –  The Sprig of Thyme

Vivaldi  –  Gloria

Cole Porter  –  Begin the Beguine and Let’s do it