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The present Highworth Choral Society was formed when a local GP, Dr David Lawrence, asked all who enjoyed singing to meet at Warneford School in September 1978. He led from the front for the first concert of the newly formed society - a Christmas concert in St Michael's Church, Highworth.

 
 

Our concert season runs from September to July, consisting of three main concerts: a Christmas performance with seasonal works and traditional carols; a Spring concert which tends to be our 'big' concert of the year featuring larger-scale works; and the Summer event, at which we take the opportunity to sing more light-hearted music in a 'song & supper' atmosphere.

 

Jacki Pattenden joined the Society as Musical Director in January 2014. She studied music at Dartington College of Arts as a singer and violinist and orchestral performance at the Centre for Orchestral Studies, Goldsmith’s College, London. This was then followed with a PGCE resulting in qualification as a teacher; a career she has been pursuing for the past thirty years.

She is widely experienced in music education and has directed numerous choral and instrumental ensembles. Prior to becoming our Musical Director she was the MD for the Cotswold Children’s Choir and the Thamesdown Ladies Choir. Jacki works as a music teacher, a music SLE (Specialist Leader of Education, National College), a freelance violinist and as a regional choral workshop leader. She is also a singing advisory teacher for the Voices Foundation and an associate trainer for Music Education Solutions.

 

We sing with professional orchestras and soloists, but in many cases draw soloists from our own ranks.

Our rehearsal accompanist and concert pianist is Chris Williams. Chris began playing the piano at the age of eight. She studied music at Liverpool University and followed this with a year at Gipsy Hill College of Education.

After several years of classroom teaching, she now teaches piano privately and is actively involved in the musical life of the local community. She has been with Highworth Choral Society since 1994.

  Chris Williams
 
  Highworth Choral Society is a registered charity with the aims of promoting different types of choral singing in the Highworth area. Our ommittee, under the guidance of our chair, Margaret Watkins, manages the choir under the principles set out in our Constitution. The committee determines the course the choir should take in conjunction with advice from our Musical Director, These are our current committee members and their roles.
 
 
 
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