Mansfield Choral Society :: Summertime Jazz 2009

Mansfield Choral Society, which has been in existence for over 30 years, is a choir of just under one hundred singers. We meet weekly in Mansfield, produce three main concerts per year in Mansfield, Southwell or Nottingham, perform a very wide repertoire of traditional and modern choral music, and pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming.
Mansfield Choral Society was formed in 1973 by local conductor David Chamberlain, from a previous choir founded by Ethel Houseley. In the early days MCS performed an eclectic range of music from Smetana’s The Bartered Bride to Liszt’s Christus Oratorio, accompanied memorably by locally-born international pianist, John Ogden. They sang for the Children’s Society to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday; and received praise for performances of Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Great satisfaction was gained from winning Co-op and Music Club Shields in Mansfield Music Festival several years running.

In 1991 David Chamberlain handed over the baton to Martin Pickering, ex-chorister from the Chapel Royal at Windsor. Under his stewardship, MCS continued to grow in size and musical scope. Involvement in ‘Hallelujah for Hospices’, the World’s largest simultaneous performance of Handel’s Messiah (involving over 150 UK choirs and 50 others around the globe) proved particularly memorable. Other special concerts included Vivaldi’s Gloria, the Stravinsky Mass, Haydn’s Creation, the Bruckner Motets, Benjamin Britten’s powerful and evocative War Requiem, and the concert version of Bernstein’s musical Candide.

MCS has a tradition of featuring, at its Summer concerts, winners of the annual John Ogden Scholarship Award. John Ogden was born in Mansfield Woodhouse and enjoyed a brilliant career as a concert pianist. —

For its “Summertime Jazz” concert poster, MCS chose Lena’s “Sympho-Jazz” artwork:

Summertime Jazz Poster


~ by artbylena on July 11, 2009.

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