Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society


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 sizeable audience.

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 so assiduously.

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.

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