Somerset Chamber Choir

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Somerset Chamber Choir
Also known as SCC
Origin Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Genres Classical
Years active 1984 (1984) -present

Somerset Chamber Choir is a choir based in the county of Somerset, England.

The choir was formed in 1984 by former members of Somerset Youth Choir,[1][2] and typically gives two concerts annually. Initially, these were mainly around Taunton, but in July 1992 the choir gave it first Wells Cathedral concert. Since 1994, the choir has staged an annual concert with professional orchestra and soloists at Wells Cathedral every summer, with another at King's College Chapel, Taunton earlier in the year, plus occasional other performances around Somerset and beyond.[3]

Graham Caldbeck has been the choir's conductor since 1990,[4] and Dame Emma Kirkby and Sir David Willcocks are Patrons of the choir. Emma Kirkby has performed with the choir on five occasions, the first being in Bach's St John Passion in King's College Chapel, Taunton in 1988,[5] and most recently in Bach's Mass in B minor at Wells Cathedral in July 2011.[6][7]

The choir will perform at the 2012 annual concert arranged by the High Sheriff of Somerset at Wells Cathedral on 22 September.[8]

The choir also takes part in music education work, such as a project with South Somerset Youth Choir.[9]

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  1. ^ "25 years for Somerset Chamber Choir". Somerset Times. July 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Sowden, Steve (12 April 2009). "Somerset Chamber Choir to celebrate 25th anniversary". Somerset County Gazette. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Somerset Chamber Choir past concerts". Somerset Chamber Choir. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Maddocks, Andrew (14 August 2009). "Somerset Chamber Choir concert review". Wells Journal. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Somerset Chamber Choir concert archive". Somerset Chamber Choir. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "One of world's greatest sopranos set to perform Bach masterpiece in cathedral". Wells Journal. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Maddocks, Andrew (11 August 2011). "Choir proves its cultural worth with passionate performance". Wells Journal. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "High Sheriff's Concert". Wells Cathedral. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Sowden, Steve. "South Somerset youngsters hit the right note". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 

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