About Us

Stamford Choral is a large mixed choir; its history stretches back to at least 1879, the heyday of choral societies, and today we are in good health with a membership of around 115, of various ages. Under the skilled leadership of its professional musical director, Jeremy Jepson, the choir performs three concerts a year.

The programme draws mainly from the classical sacred choral repertoire but also has an eye to twentieth-century composers as well as an interest in contemporary composers. Whatever the repertoire, the goal is to create a vibrant, well-blended and musical sound, worthy of the music we perform. Our audiences appreciate the choir’s commitment to high standards and the choir enjoys an excellent relationship with its audience, many of whom travel some distance to support us.



Venues

Since 2001 our main summer concerts have often taken place in Peterborough Cathedral, accompanied by a professional orchestra. Christmas concerts generally take place in Stamford School Hall, often with organ accompaniment. It is a more intimate venue but rewarding nonetheless. Other performances have used venues such as Barn Hill Methodist Church, Stamford, and Belvoir Castle. The choir looks to work with specialist ensembles where possible and our 2012 Bach St John Passion performance in Peterborough Cathedral and our 2015 performance of Messiah in Stamford School Hall provided members with an opportunity to work with period orchestras, so that a more authentic experience could be created for singers and audience alike. Both concerts were incredibly well received.

Soloists

The choir aims to use high quality soloists, especially when employing professional orchestras, and is always keen to use emerging talents. Recent performers include Penelope Appleyard, Joel Williams and Ben Hymas.

We also aim to provide opportunities for local singers and instrumentalists of excellent quality who may not necessarily be full-time soloists. If you are interested in solo opportunities, we would be pleased to hear from you and encourage you to contact our concert secretary. Our Christmas and summer concerts are often used to promote links with local performers, schools and choirs.

Forthcoming

Rehearsals for the autumn term start on 4th September. Join us at Stamford Methodist Church, Barn Hill, Stamford on Tuesday evenings, 7:45pm - 9:45pm. We will be preparing music for the coming season including Elgar's "Spirit of England", Haydn's "St. Nicholas Mass", Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" and Bach's "St. John Passion". New singers are always welcome in the opening weeks of each term, so please do come along, if you're interested in singing with us.

Tickets for all performances by Stamford Choral can be purchased from Stamford Arts Centre.Tel 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com

Stamford, Lincolnshire