The members of Bookham Choral Society have been working hard this Spring in preparation for the annual Leith Hill Musical Festival. This year we have some lovely pieces to sing in the competition including Schubert’s Mass in G and a beautiful and uplifting work by Purcell; Come ye Sons of Art Away. Our competition day is on Friday April 15th and whilst there is fierce rivalry between us and the other choirs in our division in the evening we will join forces and present a wonderful concert under the direction of the Festival Conductor, Brian Kay. This year will be very special as it will be Brian Kay’s last appearance at the LHMF. Brian has been at the helm for over twenty years and will be sadly missed for his professionalism and great sense of humour. It has been a huge honour for us all to be conducted by him. Tickets for the Concert on Friday 15th April are still available at Dorking Halls. Many of the Bookham singers also joined the LHMF Choir in March to sing the magnificent work; Bach’s St John Passion. For anyone in the choir and audience that night it proved a moving and unforgettable experience.
It isn’t all singing in the Choral Society. The annual Coffee Morning was held in the Old Barn Hall on Saturday 5th March. The weather that day was fairly unforgiving and our guests were able to shelter from the snow flurries and browse some exciting stalls and enjoy coffee and delicious homemade cake whilst being entertained by some lovely piano playing by Helen Webb. It proved to be a most enjoyable morning.
We are hosting a ‘Come and Sing’ event on Saturday May 7th at the Bookham Baptist Church from 2.00 pm. This is a day for us to welcome our friends and anyone who would like to have a go at singing. No experience is required – just a love of music. This year we will be singing Vivaldi’s Gloria and the afternoon will conclude with an informal performance which is free for friends and relatives. There will be a tea break with an amazing array of homemade cakes to enjoy. Tickets are available from choir members or from Cascade in the Bookham High Street.