We are delighted to have welcomed three new sopranos to our ranks this year. New members keep our sound fresh and bring new colours to our music-making.
If you are interested in joining us you are most welcome to attend a rehearsal. Simply contact John Edwards: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a date.
We rehearse on Monday evenings 7:30-9:30 at St Michael's Church, Pitt's Close, Taunton, TA1 4TP
With numbers diminished by COVID but enthusiasm undimmed, Collegium Singers distinguished themselves and rewarded the inspiration of their talented Director Elinor Cooper in their concert at North Curry Church - ‘The Cathedral of the Levels’ - on 19 March. The theme of water and the sea - in all its guises, and its effect on people’s lives - was the unifying factor of an imaginative, varied and consistently absorbing programme of choral pieces from the last 150 years. Folk song settings by Vaughan Williams, Holst and others enabled the choir to demonstrate precise tuning, crisp ensemble and mellifluous vocal blend and balance, as well as a wide and flexible dynamic range. Particularly impressive was a piece by Kerry Andrew in which tide and wind were unforgettably recreated in sound - although not notes! But perhaps the centrepiece of the concert was an extended work by Finnish composer Mantyjarvi about the wreck of MS Estonia in 1994, setting words from the Requiem, the Psalms and Radio Finland’s Latin (yes, Latin) news broadcast. The mixture of styles and textures had a strong emotional impact. Settings of spirituals, and a remarkable virtuoso miniature by Elgar encompassing calm and tempest in a few bars, added diversity. Various pieces required soloists from the ranks of the choir; while all were excellent, especial mention should be made of Catherine Bass and Matthew Jelf. All in all this was a challenging and rewarding concert of high musical quality. We look forward to their next concert, with a Royal theme, on 28 May in Taunton Minster.
Feedback from our Christmas Concert
Date Posted: Mon, 17 Jan 2022
We were very pleased to receive this comment from an audience member after our concert in December:
"Delightful subtle dynamic, growing gloriously with their new conductor who is a nonpareil"
Many thanks, we enjoyed singing the programme as well!
Christmas Concert raises money for St Margaret's Hospice
Date Posted: Wed, 29 Dec 2021
Considering the uncertainty with Covid, we were very please to have a large and enthusiastic audience attending our charity Christmas concert in aid of St Margaret's Hospice and we were delighted that altogether we raised over £480 to support their excellent work.