Welcome to the Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society (WKCS) web site.
We are a friendly non-auditioned choir over 100 strong.
We are always pleased to see new members, and perform four concerts each year.
The WKCS was formed in 1953 following the joint Messiah
concert held by the two separate choirs of the Warwick and Kenilworth
societies in May of that year. The newly formed choir gave its first concert, a
performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio
under the baton of 'Tim' Tunnard, on New Year's Day
1954 at St Mary's, Warwick.
We are now well into our 60th year and a time
of change. March 29 saw (heard?) a most successful 60th anniversary
concert where we were joined once again by the Beachamp Sinfonietta
to perform Haydnís masterpiece The Creation. This monumental work
was preceded by the glorious Fanfare for 60, a work written
especially for the occasion by choir member Margaret Vickery, whose
mystical Day of Dreams saw its inaugural airing by the same choir
and orchestra in March 2012. We were ably accompanied by soloists
John Porter (tenor) and Tim Murphy (bass) and were delighted to
welcome back talented soprano Sofia Larsson.
To mark the event our one conductor, Julian
Parkin, became three, as we were particularly pleased to be joined
again by our two previous musical directors, Andrew Jones and Ron
Binnie, neither of whom had lost the ability to wave their arms
around and pull encouraging faces at both choir and orchestra. It
was wonderful to see them both and I believe they enjoyed the
experience too. All in all, the concert was a roaring success, full
of joie de vivre and a pleasure to sing to such a gratifyingly
As we head for the summer months, more changes
are in store for the choir. On June 14 we shall be performing a
Bring and Sing concert including Gilbert and Sullivanís somewhat
jaundiced take on commitment within relationships in Trial by Jury
at a new venue, Kenilworth School. The choir will also sing Benjamin
Brittenís very lovely Dances from Gloriana and some of Aaron
Coplandís witty, sweet, charming (take your pick) Old American
Songs. Sadly this will be our last concert under the baton of our
current MD Julian Parkin, who has, regretfully, decided that other
commitments make it too difficult to continue with us. We shall miss
his exuberance, energy and encouragement and wish him the very best.
We hope to see him at some of the concerts he has helped us to plan
Please click here
for details of forthcoming concerts and how to purchase tickets
and for details about about how to apply for the Trial by Jury
Bring and Sing
We are a registered charity and are grateful to our subscribers and
sponsors for their continued support. The Society is affiliated to the
National Federation of Music Societies (now known as Making Music), which
represents and supports amateur vocal, instrumental and promoting societies
throughout the United Kingdom.