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 David Fawcett as our Musical Director and we are delighted to welcome Angus Murray-Brown as our new accompanist. Generally we rehearse and perform from September to May but we do occasionally extend our “season” to join participate in local events or join with other choirs.
Subscriptions are paid in advance and there is a discount for paying in full at the beginning of the singing year in September - £100 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 £60 per term.
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.
Take a look at our COMMUNITY page for more information about other events we have take part in recently.
Some of our recent performances…
Christmas Concert 7 December 2019
The Purbeck Arts Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Youth Choir celebrated advent with a concert on 7 December 2019 featuring music from the “Choral Greats” – Bach and Mozart. The programme included:
JS Bach: ‘Sleepers, Wake’ – sung in English (Watchet, Auf)
Mozart: ‘Piccolomini Mass’ – sometimes called the ‘Spaur Mass’
Mozart: Alma Dei Creatoris
JS Bach: Chorale settings and organ preludes on ‘Nun komm der Heiden Heiland’
Mozart: Two church sonatas for string orchestra
Spring Concert 6 April 2019
For our final concert with Jay Buckle as Musical Director we had a “Celebration of English Music” featuring a selection of music and song from Elgar to Vaughan Williams (not forgetting John Rutter) and music from local composers: David Fawcett, Simon Lole, Ian Pillow and Helen Ostafew.
We were joined by the very talented “Purbeck Orchestra” and the wonderful Purbeck Youth Choir and Band who gave us a great “Tribute to the Beatles”!
Christmas Concert 8 December 2018
The choir delighted the audience in a packed St Mary’s Church with a well-rehearsed and nuanced performance of Handel’s Messiah. Once more we were joined by our excellent orchestra, the Purbeck Youth Choir and soloists:
Isabelle Atkinson – soprano
Olivia Warburton – alto
Tim Kingston – tenor
James Atkinson – bass