||In 2019, our choir celebrated it's 90th
back in 1929, the WDCS Choir celebrates its 90th anniversary
in 2019... quite an achievement! To celebrate this event, the
choir performed three concerts during the year.
On Saturday 13th April 2019, we performed Verdi Requiem
in conjunction with the City of Wolverhampton Choir at
St John's Church in the Square, Wolverhampton, commencing
Then on Saturday 13th July 2019, we held a special 90th
Anniversary Celebration Gala Concert at the Wolverhampton
Grammar School on 13th July 2019, commencing at 7.00pm.
The Chamber Choir from the School also took part in this event.
To round off the special
year, we performed Handel's Messiah, again at St John's
Church in the Square, Wolverhampton on Saturday 7th December
2019 at 7.30pm.
Hawkins at 99years...
on Monday 21st October 2019, celebrations were afoot to congratulate
Ann Hawkins on reaching her 99th year. Ann joined the choir in
1969 and has been a regular member since then. Chairman, Henry
Ibberson presented Ann with a special birthday card signed by
all the choir members and birthday cakes, shared amongst all
choir members. Happy Birthday, Ann and looking forward to your
next birthday !
of Wombourne Choral Society for many years, Cedric recently passed
away and his funeral was held at St Bart's Church, Penn where
he was a chorister.
The church choir together with members of Wombourne Choral Society
sang during the service of dedication, including John Rutter's
'The Lord bless you and keep you' and two pieces from Faure's
Cedric excelled at detailed wood work and several of the items
he had made were on show in the church. The following images
give an insight as to his amazing talent in the art.
Cutting from the Express & Star
plus Shropshire Star - 17th July 2019
Web page from the Shropshire Star -
5th July 2019
Web page from the Express & Star
- 5th July 2019
to our NEW website...
in February 2019, our new website of is packed with
information about our choir... past, present and future.
Be sure to place it in your 'favourites' list.
The NEW domain is www.wombournechoralsociety.org
of our choir celebrates her 98th birthday...
Many congratulations to choir member,
Ann Hawkins who recently celebrated her 98th birthday.
Ann has been a loyal member of the choir since she joined back
At rehearsal, the whole choir sang 'Happy Birthday' to Ann.
2017 - 50 years of singing...
Congratulations to Annette and Eileen who both celebrated 50
years singing with Wombourne and District Choral Society.
They received flowers from chairman Henry at a recent rehearsal
for the society's November concert, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, in
tribute to their long association with the society and also thanking
them for their contribution as members of the committee.
our concerts can now be ordered on line from our website,
phoning 01902 744447 or buying on the door on the night of the
Mater Concert on 25th November 2017 was dedicated to the memory
of Sonia Nixon who was a member of Wombourne & District Choral
Society for many years.
Her generous legacy to the choir, for which we are most grateful,
confirms her great love of music and how much the choir meant
Sonia Nixon (4.6.1931 - 29.11.2016)
Most of Sonias childhood was spent in India where her father
was a soldier in the British Army (Royal Artillery and later
Royal Indian Artillary) and she always had fascinating stories
to tell about those days and the dangers during the period of
the Partition of India in 1947 which she and her younger sister,
Madge, faced as they left to return home.
On returning to England amonst other things, she worked for Wolverhampton
Council in the Parks Department and later became a legal secretary
in a local solicitors office.
Those were her day jobs, but Sonia was an extremely gifted and
artistic person who painted, embroidered, modelled in clay and
wrote stories - anything requiring flare and imagination.
Above all, she loved music, had singing lessons and was thrilled
when she passed the audition to join the CBSO chorus as one of
the founding members in 1973 which she did for about fifteen
years, mostly under the conductor Louis Frémaux and later
Simon Rattle. She sang in St Johns choir here in Wolverhampton
and also with the Berridge Singers and finally joined the Wombourne
& District Choral Society and her generous gift given in
her will is testament to how much this choir meant to her.
Sonia retired early in order to care for her ageing mother and
they lived in a large Victorian house which was big enough for
them to let rooms to actors working in the Wolverhampton theatre.
Sonia moved to Dorset to be with her sister Madge at the end
of her life, but until then lived happliy with her beloved cats
and her treasured memories. She was always caring and sensitive
and is greatly missed by her many friends.
thanks to Mary Brown, a friend of Sonia and present member of
WDCS for her contribution of these memories of Sonias life.