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

This year our popular annual summer concert feature Leonard Bernstein's dramatic and sublime Chichester Psalms and John Rutter's tuneful and beautifully uplifting Requiem, both performed in their chamber versions which will include organ, harp, percussion, cello, oboe and flute. The programme will also feature beautiful instrumental music, including Morricone's 'Gabriel's Oboe' from the 1986 film The Mission. An exciting, moving and uplifting programme, not to be missed! Tickets will be available from the Arts Centre Box Office and choir members.

Rehearsals for the Summer Term start on 2nd April at Stamford Methodist Church, Barn Hill, Stamford. We will be preparing Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and Rutter's "Requiem" for our summer concert. 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. Please get in touch with us ahead of the new term for this particular term as arrangements are different to our usual schedule.

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

Stamford, Lincolnshire