Peterborough Choral Society was formed in 1991 by a group of singers who considered there was a need for a Society in Peterborough to sing works from the great major choral tradition.
We aim to be one of the best in the Eastern Arts area and carry on the tradition of Choral music set by the former Peterborough Philharmonic Society. We work towards performing two major works each year. In addition we now give Christmas and summer concerts, which usually consist of lighter works and part-songs. At our Christmas Concerts we have been joined by choirs from various local schools and also young instrumental soloists.
Our conductor is Anne McDonald. She was born in Cleethorpes and studied at the Birmingham School of Music, where she studied singing, viola, piano and conducting. There she gained her ARCM and ABSM diplomas. Miss McDonald has had numerous professional engagements as a soloist, with performances in cathedrals and on radio. She has performed in the Royal Albert Hall and the Festival Hall, and has also toured Europe. Before becoming conductor of the Peterborough Choral Society, Miss McDonald conducted and trained numerous other choirs, some of which performed under the baton of Sir David Willcocks, Sir Charles Groves and Dr Donald Hunt.
Our major concerts are usually accompanied by an orchestra, with professional vocal soloists. The City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra has accompanied us for several of our recent concerts, which has been a happy arrangement.
The Society performs in various venues around Peterborough including Peterborough Cathedral, St John’s Church, Thorney Abbey, St Andrew’s URC and other churches in the Peterborough area.
Rehearsals are held during term time at St Andrew’s URC, Ledbury Road, Peterborough on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 pm. We are always pleased to welcome new members to all sections of the Choir.
For further details see our website: peterboroughchoral.org.uk