Harleston Choral Society

Affiliated to Making Music


Welcome to The Harleston Choral Society Website


Harleston Choral Society, your local community choir, was founded in 2000.  We meet on Monday evenings from 7.30 pm till 9.30 pm in St John’s Church, Harleston, with a short break at approximately 8.30 pm.  We welcome everyone - especially Tenors ! - whether experienced singers or not, and although it's an advantage to be able to read music, it's not essential.  There are no auditions, and music is provided free.  Subs are currently £35 per term (some concessions are available).  
 It's never too late to join us on a Monday evening at 7.30 pm !  This term we're singing Vivaldi's Gloria, Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine, 'The Shepherds' Farewell' from Berlioz' 'L'Enfance du Christ', Franck's Panis angelicus and a selection of carols, all in preparation for our Christmas Concert on Saturday 10 December.  Further information in 'About Us' on the website, and from Jo Curry on 01986 875494 or jo.curry@sky.com'

St John Passion at St John’s

Review of our most recent concert on 18th June this year.

St. John Passion
Harleston Choral Society

Bach’s work of small-bite recitatives needs an adroit juxtaposition of conductor, choir, soloists and orchestra.
Under Christopher Bracewell’s direction you knew this would succeed as the opening chorus met the surge of the orchestra.
Waves of ecstatic sound, whether measured, lively, meditative, declamatory, contrite or hymn-like filled St. John’s Church.
Tenor Michael Hart-Davies’ crystal clarity of delivery proved ideal for telling the crucifixion story and for the more expressive Airs.
Sri Lankan born, and now British citizen, Dhilan Gnanadurai, again brought his darkly passionate bass voice to the dramas of Calvary.
Contralto Catherine Denley’s singing had a loving quality, if a little underpowered; and there were some soaring-rafter moments from Soprano Siona Stockel.
Mature and mellow, the orchestra, led by Miles Golding, was a bedrock of excellence. Special mentions for the oboe, cor anglais and bassoon playing of Emma Penfold, Kim Haan and Mark Sharp.

Basil Abbott






 Affiliated with Making Music


Registered Charity 1094515.

Patron: Nathaniel Gee.