Monmouth Choral Society has been running since the 19th century. Read more about our history.
We welcome all new singers of any age or experience. Each year we perform at least two major concerts using professional orchestras and soloists, as well as a Christmas concert and a summer concert. In addition, we run Come and Sing Workshops where we rehearse a chosen passage of music and invite members of the public who would like to come and try some choral singing. Other activities take place as time and resources allow. We have held online rehearsals when meeting at Bridges has not been possible.
The choir is run by the committee (elected trustees of the charity), who represent the views of the membership and work closely with Steven Kings to steer the choir and plan the musical programmes.
An AGM is held once a year. Various operational tasks that enable the choir to run smoothly are undertaken by not just the committee but by other members of the choir – it is very much a team effort!
The choir has a proud history of presenting quality choral music of all kinds with professional soloists, accompanists and orchestras. In these times of straightened arts funding, the society is determined to maintain these standards and retain its place as a provider of high quality musical training for its members and enriching musical experiences for the local population.
We present three major concerts each year, performing a wide range of choral works from the Baroque period right up to the present day. In addition we celebrate Christmas each year with an informal concert of carols and seasonal works – with the obligatory mince pies! - and whenever possible with a local children's choir. We also hold two Come and Sing days each year.
We continue to have ambitious aspirations over the coming years and a determination not to compromise on quality; to maintain concerts of a high standard with professional soloists and orchestras, providing the opportunity for local people to hear high calibre live music on their doorstep.
Our five-year aims include:
To grow our membership and audiences.
To maintain membership subscriptions at a level that encourage inclusivity from all sections of the community.
To raise our performance budget to ensure orchestral accompaniment at all our main concerts and soloists of a high calibre.
To continue to hold regular workshops for the local community, raising awareness of music making, attracting new members and increasing support from a wider audience.