Spring Concert : Saturday 8th April 2017 7.30pm
Cawthorne Parish Church
John Rutter : "Requiem" & "Feel The Spirit"
Notes from the Musical Director
2017 is a very special year for the Choral Society, as it is 90 years since it gave its first concert. In those intervening years the Society has performed a huge variety of music from each period of classical music through to musical theatre and pop. It is difficult to calculate just how many pieces have been performed, but during my tenure as Musical Director we have sung more than a thousand.
This term we are performing a programme of music by John Rutter. Famous for his Christmas carols, many of which we have sung over the years and also for his wonderful arrangements of a wide ranging variety of musical styles. Our opening work will be "Requiem," probably the most challenging work we have undertaken. This will be followed by Rutter's arrangement of "Lord of the Dance" and our final work will be "Feel the Spirit," a collection of well-known spirituals, each one arranged in the jazz/blues idiom.
Our soloist for the evening is Martha Hayward, a Barnsley born soprano who sings regularly with the Bradford Cathedral Consort and the innovative vocal ensemble "Albion," as well as performing as an oratorio and concert soloist.
Tickets are available through the Village Store and Tea Rooms, The Post Office and through choir members. Tickets may also be available on the door. If you experience difficulty in obtaining tickets please email
Summer Concert : Saturday 1st July 2017 7.30pm
Cawthorne Parish Church
Music for a Summer's Evening
Recordings of the Easter & Christmas concerts are available. Please use the contact page to make an enquiry.
Christmas Concert 2016 Review : A Christmas Cracker
“Christmas Concert”. These two words can strike dread into the bosom of a music lover. Mostly this is because of a lack of imagination on the part of the Society combined with the Musical Director’s conviction that they know what the audience wants.
Our qualification for writing this piece is that of armchair choristers, fortunate to sing in the past with church and secular choirs, one of us standing at the great Bass/Tenor divide alongside a certain Mr M St J. where havoc was wrought on more than one occasion!
The programme to which we were treated on Saturday struck a perfect balance between Congregational and Choir carols and a lovely eclectic mix of pieces from members of Cawthorne Brass Band.
This performance introduced a new, for want of a better phrase, standing arrangement, necessitated by the increase of Society members to 60, and although it required more movement initially, was well worth it because it meant that we could appreciate in full the dynamic subtleties and tonal nuances that this choir is capable of from the robust ‘Boars Head Carol’ to a gentle and sensitive ‘Stille Nacht’ and a disciplined ‘Carol of the Drum’ (well done the Men!) to joyous ‘Wolfgang’s Christmas Canon’.
Showing throughout the whole performance was the obvious pleasure of singers enjoying what they do, secure and confident under the expert and enthusiastic baton of a conductor who knows both his choir and his audience. Finally, a special mention must be made of the virtuoso accompaniment of David Hann which underpinned the whole experience.
Dread was certainly not struck into the bosoms of these music lovers, in fact the whole occasion was one Christmas cracker of an evening!
David and Wendy Woodcock (Patrons and Proud!)
Please do take the opportunity to listen to some extracts from last year's Christmas Concert by clicking on the links.