Hadleigh Choral Society

President: John Lill CBE


The Choir

Rather than use our words, we reproduce a “crit” on a recent concert which perhaps explains what we are about. We are indebted to music critic Ms Millicent Thram for giving us permission to quote her article verbatim.

“On Saturday night last week, I again attended a concert by the Hadleigh Choral Society, certainly one of the best such choirs in the Suffolk/Essex border area. A most enjoyable 2 hours of choral music delivered to a high standard and of a work not often heard performed due to its difficulties – namely the Bach Mass in B minor. It was terrific; such an enjoyable way of spending an evening with what seemed like 300 local music lovers in the audience. The performance, as most of the Society’s are, was in St Mary’s Church in Hadleigh.

The choir have their own flexible staging allowing the Conductor to arrange the choir and orchestra for maximum effect just in front of the Church’s chancel arch. The choir is about 80 strong and although a little light in the male voices achieves a good balance linking with with both their accompanist and the Colchester Orchestra. Chris Phelps (conductor) and John Cooper (accompanist) do an outstanding job leading this willing choir – both are well highly thought of in the East Anglian music scene.

The Choral Society is a friendly group of locals. With help from their spouses, they not only sing but also advertise, sell tickets, stage manage, raise funds and generally pitch in to make the society a success. Their enjoyment of the music communicates itself to the audience, pulling everyone in to their performances. No doubt the interval glass of wine helps!

I look forward to their next concert as I know I will have another good night out with what seems like old friends. If it’s not in your diary, I suggest you try to make a date with the choir: check their web site for details of their next concerts. You will not be sorry.”

© Millicent Thram, @ the Tadpoles Music Society - December 2008

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