Okehampton Choral Society prepares for summer concert

By Alison Stephenson   |   Editor   |
Friday 24th June 2016 8:53 am
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THE members of Okehampton Choral Society, under their music director Richard Edwards, are putting final touches to preparations for their forthcoming summer concert which takes place on July 2.

Their wide ranging programme will have a theme running through it of folk song and inspiration from folk lore. There will be music by Vaughan Williams, by Rodgers and Hammerstein and from mediaeval times to the 20th century.

As well as reflecting the season of the year, the audience will find one or two surprises unrelated to folk music but offered in an informal and light-hearted spirit to make an evening with something for everyone to enjoy.

The Choral Society was directed for over 40 years by its founder, John Holland, who is now its life president. It has a long tradition of presenting concerts at Fairplace Church and likes also to run ‘away fixtures’ outside the town. Last year members performed at Cheriton Bishop, Hatherleigh and at the Festival held in the Parish Church at Hartland. This year it will be visiting Sampford Courtenay, Petrockstowe and Crediton.

Now in his second year as music director, Richard Edwards said that new members are always welcome to come along on a trial basis to sing at Monday evening rehearsals at Fairplace Church at 7.15pm. Several newcomers have tried it this season and enjoyed the experience enough to want to join permanently.

It is not necessary to be able to read music — just an enthusiasm to want to sing with other people and learn new repertoire.

Further enquiries about the society and the concert can be made to Richard on 01837 82376.

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