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 Programme for 2019


 Saturday 19th October 2019.  9.30am

All day Workshop

Warminster Baptist Church
BA12 9AD

Saturday 30th November 2019. 7pm 

Poulenc : Gloria

Vaughan Williams : Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Works by Mellisa Dunphy, Alice Tegner, Will Todd,      Joanna Gill and James MacMillan 

The Minster Church of St Denys, Warminster
BA12 8PQ 


Programme for 2020

Saturday  6th June  2020 at 7pm

 The French Connection

Works by Durufle, Faure and Boulanger

The Minster Church of St Denys, Warminster
BA12 8PQ

The Athenaeum Singers will recommence their weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from the 3rd September at Christchurch. Potential new members will be most welcome to attend the first three rehearsals to see what goes on, with a subscription only becoming due when they decide to join.  Members and potential members are invited at 7pm on the first week for a welcome drink before the singing begins.


Warminster is fortunate to have a variety of singing groups who perform music of different styles.  The Athenaeum singers are at the classical end of the spectrum and perform some of the greats of the traditional choral repertoire-  their last concert was Haydn’s Creation-  ranging to the present-day choral compositions. Their next concert will feature 20th Century music and works by contemporary composers. They perform with professional musicians and soloists so the audience can be assured of a concert of quality.


Tuesday rehearsals usually start with a warm up and practice of some aspects of vocal technique before moving on to the works being prepared for a concert , this term on 30th November.   Rehearsals will be led by their Director of Music, Cole Bendall, who manifests great skills in teaching, encouraging and musicianship to help the singers learn music which can at first be rather daunting. Before long, working together, the challenge is met and a great sense of accomplishment is felt.


The Poulenc Gloria received huge acclaim on its first performance in 1959 and is a piece of great contrasts. Vaughan Williams'  Fantasia on Christmas Carols is based on three folk carols from southern England . The Advent theme continues in a number of shorter works by modern composers, including Will Todd and James MacMillan. This varied and exciting programme will give the singers plenty of work before the concert on 30th November.


New singers in all voice parts are most welcome. An enjoyment of music is paramount.  Music reading skill is highly desirable although this is developed through practice. The Athenaeum Singers web site gives lots more information (see advert in this issue) and details on joining.



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