We are the Purbeck Arts Choir - registered charity no. 1155013. The objects of the charity are to advance improve, develop and maintain public education in, and appreciation of, the art and science of music in all its aspects by any means the trustees see fit, including the presentation of concerts, recitals and instrument loans.
We meet for our weekly practice from 7.30 to 9.30pm every Thursday at our new venue: St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Northbrook Rd, Swanage, BH19 1QE.
We are very fortunate to have the talented, good-humoured and patient Jay Buckle as our conductor and are delighted to welcome David Fawcett as our new accompanist from September 2016. Generally we rehearse from September to May, with extra weekend practices when we are preparing for a Guild concert.
Subscriptions are paid in advance and there is a discount for paying in full at the beginning of the singing year in September - £85 for both Autumn and Spring terms. If you are only joining us for one term only or wish to pay in two separate instalments, the cost is £55 per term. Subscriptions include full membership of the Dorset Guild of Singers.
Our two main concerts are held around Christmas and Easter and there is a downloadable list of our rehearsal schedule to the right of this page.
We also take part in other musical events – see our COMMUNITY page for more information about our involvement with the Dorset Guild of Singers, Purbeck Art Weeks and other events.
Some of our recent performances…
For our Christmas Concert on 5 December 2015 we were joined by the Purbeck Youth Choir and Orchestra for an evening of seasonal music and song in support of the local children's hospice Julia's House. One of the many highlights of the evening's performance was the premiere of a work composed by David Fawcett for adult and youth choirs and orchestra. If you would like to hear “Rosa Mystica” please click here.
We also sang Haydn’s “Missa Cellensis” and Vaughan William's “The First Nowell”, joined the youngsters in a lovely version of “Away in a Manger” and sang a couple of beautiful unaccompanied carols – “My Lord has come” by Will Todd and “Glory, glory Alleluia” by Alan Bullard. You can download the programme in the Downloads section above.
Photographs of the concert will be added to the Gallery page soon.
On 10 October 2015 we took part in the Heroes Haven Prom at the Mowlem Theatre, Swanage. We had a great time singing some “show tunes”, Gilbert and Sullivan ditties and even a Lloyd Webber medley – well out of our comfort zone! The evening was a roaring success and it was great to be part of a major fundraising event for such a worthwhile local charity.
Photo courtesy of Purbeck Gazette
Vivaldi “Gloria” and Malcom Archer’s “Requiem” were the highlights of our Spring concert 2015.
We were delighted that Jemima, Katy and Reuben Bennett were our soloists and thanks to the generosity of our audience we were able to pass on donations totalling £1,000 to St. Mary’s Organ Refurbishment Fund.