Welcome to Romsey Choral Society which is recognised as one of the best choirs in Southern England. Please have a look around this site to discover more about the choir. The season's repertoire is listed in the Concert Diary pages. For our latest choir newsletter click here.
Rehearsals usually take place every Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Romsey Methodist Church, The Hundred, Romsey, SO51 8BZ . However the choir is currently not rehearsing due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
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Jamie leaves RCS on a high note!
Romsey Choral Society takes a step into a new phase following the end of 6 transformative years under the baton of Jamie W. Hall. At 29 years old Jamie was already enjoying a fine career as a baritone with the BBC Singers when he took up the role of RCS Musical Director. During the intervening period Jamie has markedly improved the RCS sound both technically and musically, and as word spread his reputation has been instrumental in nearly doubling the number of singers.
To quote Jamie - “ As I prepare now to move on, to focus more completely on my singing work, I will remember fondly the many wonderful concerts that the choir and I have shared together. I have loved sharing amazing music with this amazing choir and our ever-appreciated audience. I very much look forward to seeing RCS thrive under their new Musical Director. I have no doubt that there are exciting times ahead for RCS.”
It is with much pride and pleasure that RCS marked the end of Jamie’s time with RCS by inviting him back to sing the role of Elijah, knowing that Jamie’s wonderful voice would more than do justice to a work of intense dramatic imagery and remarkable theatrical flair.
Photos from Jamie's leaving presentation -
2 April 2019
Richard Pearce appointed as RCS Musical Director
We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Richard Pearce as our new Musical Director. He will be a huge asset to the choir and we look forward to working with him from September 2019 as we move forward to our next stage of development, building on six brilliant years with Jamie W Hall.
Richard Pearce was organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with first class honours in music. He is now a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, coaching singers and instrumentalists for careers in opera and the concert platform, and is a trustee of the Josephine Baker Trust, which supports young soloists at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London.
Richard is busy as a conductor, pianist and organist with professional choirs. He records and broadcasts regularly with the BBC Singers. He recently conducted works by James MacMillan, Judith Bingham, Britten and Roxanna Panufnik for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. As organist and pianist he has performed with many of the UK’s best-known choral conductors, including David Hill, Stephen Cleobury, Paul Spicer, Bob Chilcott and Sofi Jeannin. Richard has a long-standing association with the Royal Choral Society, and performs with them several times a year at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Richard has been musical director of the Waverley Singers, based in Farnham, Surrey, since 2009. During this time, he has led the choir in some 40 performances. Particular highlights have been concerts in Guildford Cathedral of Monteverdi Vespers, Verdi Requiem, Beethoven Mass in C, Brahms Schicksalslied, Mozart Requiem and Bach Magnificat in D. Alongside these major works he has introduced new and varied repertoire to the choir, including commissions by composer Will Todd, and many newly-written compositions.
Richard is regular organist with the Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestras in London; with them he has performed with many inspirational conductors including established maestri Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, Andrew Davis, Sakari Oramo, Marin Alsop and Ed Gardner, as well as up-and-coming stars such as Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Valentina Peleggi. Recent performances have included the solo organ part in the European première of Unsuk Chin’s Le Chant des Enfants des Étoiles with Esa-Pekka Salonen in London’s Royal Festival Hall, and a tour of China performing Saint-Säens organ symphony with Vladimir Ashkenazy. He also performs regularly in Promenade concerts and recordings, including at the Last Night of the Proms to a worldwide television audience.
Richard frequently conducts and plays for services at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster and at the Houses of Parliament.
Hello from lockdown
The choir's activities are on pause as the country and the world deal with this awful pandemic.
The current situation means our spring and summer concerts for 2020 have gone and it looks like our showcase Beethoven Missa Solemnis in November will not be possible either. We might be able to stage something smaller scale, conditions permitting.
So our summer staging of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius and Autumn's staging of Beethoven Missa Solemnis are merely postponed to another time, not cancelled entirely. We will perform them and you will be able to come and listen. We will emerge out of this.
We all just have to be patient.
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