Pershore Choral is a thriving amateur mixed choir of about 100 voices comprising Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass sections.
Pershore is a beautiful Georgian market town in Worcestershire situated on the River Avon. Out concerts, usually three each year, are performed in the historic Pershore Abbey. You can find a map showing directions here.
Pershore Choral welcomes new members and is actively seeking Tenors and Altos. The Soprano and Bass sections are currently at full capacity. If you are interested in joining us, please do contact our membership secretary, Pam Pike for details, or to be notified when a space becomes available.
Pershore Choral was founded in 1949 as the Pershore W.I. Choir by the late Joan Philips, a leading member of the Abbey community and teacher at the Alice Ottley School in Worcester. Some male voices soon had to be recruited to help out with a performance of Handel’s Messiah and stayed on once the concert was over. Thus Pershore Choral, formerly Pershore and District Choral Society, was born.
Joan Philips was musical director until shortly before her death in 1983. Under her baton, the choir grew in stature and confidence with a repertoire that ranged from Bach to Verdi. Michael Anderson took over from Joan and led the choir through seventeen years of exciting and challenging music making. From 2000 – 2006 the choir was led by Andrew Wilson.
The current conductor is Carleton Etherington. Under his direction, Pershore Choral is proudly continuing its tradition of learning and singing fine music in Pershore abbey – a venue which is widely acknowledged to be one of the best for miles around.