Latest News

  • Spring Concert in Dorchester Abbey
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 8 Apr 2024
    Our Spring concert, a performance of Richard Blackford's Pieta and Faure's Requiem was a deeply moving and very rewarding experience for the choir and was extremely well received by the audience. You can read the review of the concert in the Henley Standard here.
  • Summer Concert 2023
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 21 Aug 2023
    Our Summer concert was a tremendous success. A large audience in Dorchester Abbey thrilled to an enchanting mix of Choral Suites from Shearing and Rutter together with wonderful renditions of Jazz pieces by Anita, Steve and Steven. Read the review of the concert in the Henley Standard here
  • Spring Concert 2023
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 17 Apr 2023
    Our spring concert was the first under our new music director, Steven Grahl - a performance of Elijah by Mendelssohn. West Forest Sinfonia and a superb quartet of soloists together with the Frideswide Voices joined the choir in a thrilling rendition of this great music. Read the review of the concert in the Henley Standard here.
  • Summer Term Starts in Earnest
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 17 Apr 2023
    Tuesday 18th April sees the return of the choir after our Easter break. We will be rehearsing our programme of Songs, Sonnets and Madrigals by George Shearing and John Rutter for our Summer concert. It's not too late to join us if you want to sing in the concert. Come along to rehearsal and find out what Tuesday evenings are all about!
  • Ukraine Collection
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 21 Mar 2022
    We raised over £900 for the Ukrainian appeal at our concert on Saturday 19th March 2022 - a fantastic result!. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
  • Rehearsing again
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 22 Nov 2021
    We have started rehearsals again for our Spring concert. To date we have had two very successful rehearsals for the Haydn Nelson Mass, with another two to come in November. After Christmas, we start work on a new work to us, the Chilcott Requiem (can't wait!)

    Tuesday's are great fun once more! If there are singers out there who want to join us at this exciting time, have a look at our membership page, contact Celia, Charlotte or myself and we can arrange for you to come to a rehearsal and then, I hope, join us regularly.

  • Cut off in our prime!
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 5 Nov 2020
    On Tuesday we rehearsed for the last time before the current Government Covid lockdown. Under Richard Laing's enthusiastic direction we sang through all the choruses in the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle. Great fun was had by all!

    The four socially-distanced rehearsals we have managed since restarting will stand us in good stead when we finally come to perform. However, more work is needed for us to give a creditable performance of the work and this, coupled with the challenging logistics involved in accomodating choir and audience in socially-distanced fashion in Dorchester Abbey, has forced us to postpone again the concert planned for 5th December.

    It is impossible to overstate the joy we have felt in singing together again. As soon as we are allowed to re-form we will do!
  • We're Back!
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2020
    Last night was our first rehearsal in the Covid era since our concert on 14th March. Some fifty four of us assembled in Dorchester Abbey in fully socially-distanced fashion - which takes up an enormous amount of space! Richard Laing led us from the pulpit in starting to get to know Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. The rehearsal culminated in a spirited 'peformance' of the Cum Sancto with most members of the choir at least starting and finishing the chorus at the same time (even if the middle was a bit avant-garde)!

    To quote one of our leading sopranos: "A fabulous time was had [by all] if a little weird" Indeed! Singing together is so therapeutic particularly in these crazy times! We are all looking forward to next week already....

    Many thanks to Richard and Anita for enabling this life-giving event.

  • Contrasting sound worlds were a double delight
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2020
    We were very fortunate to be able to go ahead with our spring concert before coronavirus made such events impossible. We are so grateful to our soloists Anita D'Attellis, Stephen Gadd and Lorena Paz Nieto, our guest conductor Richard Laing, the Elgar orchestra and our choir for making this a memorable evening. You can read the review in the Henley Standard here.
  • 'Glorious and Uplifting'
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 15 Dec 2019
    'Glorious and Uplifting'
    A full house at Dorchester Abbey gave an enthusiastic reception to the Benson Choral Society's rendering of three baroque masterpieces at their autumn concert.  Supported by the Elgar Orchestra the concert started with a performance of a Vivaldi string concerto before the choir was joined by five superb soloists for J S Bach's Magnificat in D Major, Handel's Chandos Anthem No 9 and Vivaldi's Beatus Vir.  To quote a member of the audience, 'A memorable performance'.

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