Writtle Singers is a chamber choir based in
Writtle, near Chelmsford, Essex.
"A choir of excellent discipline, diction and phraseology with a well-balanced harmony"
"Interesting music, intelligently programmed, enthusiastically sung."
The choir performs a varied repertoire
from plainchant, motets and madrigals to many styles of contemporary
music. As well as smaller, unaccompanied pieces the Singers’
recent performances include J S Bach St John
Passion, Magnificat and the Mass in B minor, Haydn Nelson Mass and Purcell Dido and Aeneas,
all with orchestra. Themed concerts are also a feature of the
programme, with Venice, London, ‘the countryside’
and Paris all coming
under the spotlight. In 2004 the choir took part in a
collaborative performance of the Brahms
Requiem with the Valentine Singers and undertook its first
to Belgium. In 2005 Writtle Singers took on a second continental tour this time to Prague, and in 2011 a tour to Zurich.
The 2012 - 2013 season brings us a Scottish Evening "North of the Border", a Parisian Concert "Paris it the Spring" and a summer concert of "Flora and Fauna". In addition an invitation to sing in Colchester Castle on 9th March and in a Britten concert (as semi chorus) with Valentine Singers on 29th June in Epping.
As well as our highly acclaimed musical director Christine Gwynn, we are also very fortunate to be having additional guidance and training from the internationally renowned vocal coach Ghislaine Morgan
Writtle Singers meet on
Mondays from 7.45-9.45pm in All Saints' Church, Writtle, CM1 3EN (Map) to prepare for
concerts and to enjoy making music together. Occasionally
vacancies arise for new members. If you would like further
details, please email
The Painter's Eye
Saturday 13th July 7.30 pm
Celebrating the natural world
Choral works including
Tom Cunningham: The Painter's Eye
Benjamin Britten: Flower Songs
Clement Jannequin: Les Chants d'Oiseaux
plus piano duets.
Tickets £10, £3 for full time students, Under 16s Free
£2 supplement on tickets bought on the door.
Online ticket purchase here or call 01277 658183
The Writtle Singers’ summer concert promises to be a feast for the eyes as well as the ears as the choir collaborates with the Writtle Art Group to provide an evening of art and music. Doors open at 6.30pm when ticket holders will be able to enjoy a glass of wine and view an exhibition of art works created by the Writtle Art Group, before the concert starts at 7.30pm.
Demonstrating the choir’s versatility, the music ranges from the 16th to the 21st century, and continues the artistic theme with Tom Cunningham’s The Painter’s Eye, settings of 5 poems by Alexander McCall Smith (best-selling author of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series). The poems are responses to 5 famous paintings, which will be projected during each piece. Another form of poetry is found in Cecilia McDowall’s The Shipping Forecast which uses the hypnotic and evocative names of the areas of sea around the British Isles to create a piece of reflective, meditative beauty. A selection of birds and flowers continue the programme, with a bouquet of Britten’s Five Flower Songs and Wilbye’s Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers, and an aviary of owls, blue birds, swans, and a whole flock of French birds in Jannequin’s Le Chant des Oyseaux. Christine will join Caroline at the piano for duets by Debussy, Bizet and Francaix to complete the mix!