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Our 40th Anniversary Year!

 Programme for 2018

 Saturday  2nd June  2018.  7.00pm.

We celebrate our 40th Anniversary with this dramatic oratorio based on the biblical story of Elijah.

 Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah

The Minster Church of St Denys, Warminster
BA12 8PQ

 Sunday 3rd June 2018

40th Anniversary Picnic

Codford Village Hall

Codford Village Hall 
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Saturday 27th October  2018  


Saturday 1st December 2018    at 7pm  

Vivaldi  Gloria                                                                                           Haydn  Little Organ Mass
Posten   Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Howells   Behold O God our Defender
Praetorius  Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

 The Minster Church of St Denys, Warminster

BA12 8PQ










Saturday 2nd June 2018 at 7pm
Our 40th Anniversary concert, Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn.
We will be performing in The Minster Church in Warminster.  We are delighted to announce that we have secured Phillip Guy Bromley as baritone soloist for the role of Elijah.  Many of you will remember Phillip from our previous concert in June 2010 when he presented a dramatic portrayal of the character Elijah which held us spell bound.  This will be our last concert under the baton of Edward and in addition to what is bound to be a memorable concert, we see it as a celebration of all the previous years that have led to this point.

Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 12 noon
40th Anniversary Picnic

This will be held at Codford Village Hall, hopefully outside, but we do have a refuge in case of inclement weather.  We hope that as many members, conductors, friends past and present will join us to renew contacts and reminisce over happy times had.  There will be a display of photographs, programmes, press articles and other memorabilia.

Past members are welcome to join us.  Tickets are £5 to include a light lunch and must be pre booked by 9th May 2018. 

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Our next concert: Elijah.  See the Members Page for links to listen to the music- and to articles which tell the story of Elijah linked to the choruses in  Elijah, and a backgound to the work.. 


Elijah   Mendelssohn

The Athenaeum Singers’ performance of Elijah on Saturday 2nd June will be both a celebration and a farewell.  The singers celebrate 40 years of choral music during which time they have brought highly talented professional soloists and orchestras to Warminster to take part in their concerts and performed both classic and contemporary works.

 This concert will be their last under the baton of Edward-Rhys Harry, whose association with the choir started in September 2009 when he took the role of Music Director. After a break, the choir were delighted to welcome him back as director in 2015, working with a chorus master to take weekly rehearsals. Edward’s musical contribution to the choir has been immense and the sound of the choir has developed under his guidance. The singers will also be saying goodbye to their chorus master Rosie Howarth whose enthusiasm, energy and skills have been greatly appreciated by the choir.

Mendelssohn’s popular oratorio Elijah is the work chosen for this special performance.  The biblical story of Elijah is portrayed in dramatic form with soloists taking the roles of the main characters with the choir supporting them in chorus pieces. The singers are delighted to have secured Phillip Guy Bromley to play the title role:  Phillip performed with the singers in 2011 and relishes the role of Elijah.  The British Sinfonietta will be returning to Warminster to provide orchestral accompaniment and Simon Dinsdale will be coaxing fine sounds from the Minster organ. 

Also on return visits to the Minster will be soprano Mary Pope and tenor Rhodri Prys Jones. Chorus master Rosie Howarth will be a soprano soloist and the contralto roles will be sung by Olivia Gomez.    Alexei  James-Cudworth,  a chorister  from Wells Cathedral , will take the role of the youth who announces the end of the drought.

The concert will take place in the Minster Church of St Denys in Warminster, starting at 7pm.  Tickets are available on line and through Warminster hub-  see for details.



























































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