Newbury Choral Society - bringing the finest choral music alive since 1885

Registered Charity No. 291321
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Vivaldi: Gloria
Corelli: Concerto Grosso No.2

Saturday 25th June 2016
7.45pm, Douai Abbey Woolhampton

Conductor:Cathal Garvey
Orchestra Southern Sinfonia
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We are a large, non-auditioned choir that has performed a wide and varied repertoire from Mozart to Tavener for over 130 years.  We aspire to a high musical standard and aim to thrill our concert audiences.  Joined by professional musicians such as the renowned chamber orchestra London Concertante and the region's leading orchestra Southern Sinfonia, we perform three concerts a year in the Newbury area.  Our regular venues are St Nicolas Church, Newbury and the beautiful Abbey Church at Douai Abbey, Woolhampton. We hope you enjoy browsing our website and look forward to welcoming you at our rehearsals or at our next concert .
Cathal Garvey Musical Director

Cathal Garvey, Musical Director


Our 2016 season of concerts

Our season began in November 2015 with two successful performances of Handel’s Messiah, the first in St Nicolas Church in Newbury, and the second the following day in the Church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in London, also known as the ‘Musicians’ Church’. St Nicolas was full to capacity, a fact which Julia Rowntree attributed to ‘the high esteem in which this choir is rightly held’ in her review for the Newbury Weekly News.

Our spring concert featured Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, a favourite work of our Musical Director, Cathal Garvey. The composer himself called this life-affirming piece a ‘human’ Requiem, and used German Lutheran text rather than the traditional Latin. A Haydn motet and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (‘Unfinished’) enhanced the meditative Lent programme.

For our final concert of the season, on Saturday 25 June 2016, we return to Douai Abbey, where we look forward to singing yet more glorious music in this magnificent space. The theme is Sacred Italian Baroque: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Vivaldi’s Gloria, and from the orchestra Corelli’s Concerto Grosso No.2. You can buy tickets for this concert now by clicking here. 

Rehearsals for the new term begin on Monday 4 April 2016. We have spaces for sopranos and we are crying out for tenors and basses! Come and decide for yourself whether you agree with Julia Rowntree that we are ‘one of the best amateur choirs in the country’!


Douai Abbey NCS Summer Season

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Vivaldi: Gloria
Corelli: Concerto Grosso No.2

Saturday 25th June 2016, 7.45pm, Douai Abbey Woolhampton

Conductor Cathal Garvey
Southern Sinfonia

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Newbury Choral Society’s menu offers a lot to digest....
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one of the best amateur choirs in the country...
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NEWBURY Choral Society should be congratulated on an excellent evening all round...
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It was beautifully sung with a most sympathetic accompaniment....
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