- 27/06/2017. 2017 Summer Concert - Pop Classics through the ages
Our concert on Saturday 1 July is building up to be a summer sizzler. We are going to be singing a wide range of songs by artists from Johnny Cash to Adele with lots more in between. We shall be joined by a recently formed choir from Christ Church Academy in Stone and in addition to our excellent regular accompanist, Jennifer Hames, it's great to be able to welcome back award winning percussionist, Miriam Kitchener on drums. So all in all, we should have around 100 singers, plus piano, drums, lead guitar and bass to raise the roof with a selection of hits from the 50's to the present day. And if that isn't enough to persuade you to come along, we also have strawberries and cream with either a glass of wine or soft drink at the interval. We look forward to seeing you.
- 20/03/2017. Spring Concert - The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins
Our Spring Concert is taking place on Saturday 25th March in Priory Hall, St Dominic's School, Stone. In addition to The Armed Man, we shall be singing an arrangement of 4 Poems by Stuart Johnson.
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace was commissioned by the Royal Armouries to mark the transition from one millennium to another. It reflects on the passing of ‘the most war-torn and destructive century in human history’ and looks forward in hope to a more peaceful future. The Armed Man is dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict, whose tragedy was unfolding as it was being composed. It was first performed in 2000 by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, conducted by Jenkins himself.
The texts were chosen jointly by the composer and the then Master of the Royal Armouries, Guy Wilson. A framework for the work is provided by the traditional Catholic Mass and includes settings of the Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei and Benedictus, some of which have become popular self-standing pieces to be heard, for instance, on ClassicFM. But what makes the work distinctive are the lyrics drawn from many parts of the world and from diverse religions and cultures. The music too is cosmopolitan in its inspiration.
The poignancy and relevance of the work is brought into sharp relief by the fact that the CD was released on 10 September 2001, the day before the tragic events in the United States.
The Four Poems which Stuart Johnson has arranged are 'Ozymandias' by Shelley, Wordsworth's 'Solitary reaper', The Pessimist and Tennyson's 'Blow, bugle, blow'.
We are being joined by cellist Millicent James and soloists will include Hannah Turner, Stone Choral Society's first Choral Scholar and other members of the choir.
Information about tickets is available on the Concert's page of this website. We hope to see you on Saturday evening.
- 03/01/2017. 2017 Come and Sing - The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins
Happy New Year, if you've decided to Join a choir in 2017, we'd be delighted to see you at our rehearsals on Thursday nights in Priory Hall, St Dominic's School, Stone. We start at 7:45pm and end at 9:45.
This year our January workshop is the choral suite from the Armed Man which will be led by our Musical Dorector Harriet Johnson and we will be accompanied by our regular accompanist, Jennifer Hames on piano.
The ticket price includes refreshments and cakes in the afternoon. Lunch is BYO.
There is more information on the on the Concert page, including a contact number.
we hope you can join us.
- 22/11/2016. Festive Winter Concert
The Festive Winter Concert is shaping up to be a musical extravaganza.
In addition to Stone Choral Society and Fulford Community Choir with their Musical Director Dan Hollingshurst, we will also be joined by exceptionally talented young singers from Newcastle-under-Lyme High School and St Dominic’s Priory School.
Our soloists are Kate Thompson (Soprano) and Peter Taylor (Baritone).
Providing the music will be Stone Choral Society’s accompanist, Jenny Hames, Equali Brass Quintet, the St Cecilia Strings and the Award Winning percussionist Miriam Kitchener.
Not forgetting the voices of the audience in the congregational carols.
It’s going to be quite an evening. Tickets are selling fast so please get yours soon to avoid disappointment.
- 04/09/2016. What we'll be doing in 2016-17 ...
It’s that time of year again, summer’s nearly over and for Stone it was definitely a golden one that will be remembered for years to come. The town celebrated Joe Clarke’s fantastic Olympic Gold Medal win in Rio and showed its appreciation in style on a stunning Bank Holiday Sunday. At this point in time, Jim Davies, Mayor of Stone – who just happens to sing in Stone Choral Society’s Bass section – is trying to persuade The Royal Mail to paint a pillar box in the town Gold as a lasting tribute to Joe’s achievement. Let's hope Royal Mail agrees.
It doesn’t seem long since our Gilbert and Sullivan Summer Concert and we were delighted that Stone Revellers were able to join us to reprise a selection of pieces from their highly successful production of the Mikado. And as usual, the post-concert strawberries and cream went down well too.
Looking forward, we have decided to take a slightly different approach to our concert schedule this year. As our regular audience members will know, we normally perform 4 concerts a year. However, this year we will perform 3: Winter, Spring and Summer.
This means that our next concert will be on Saturday 3rd December 2016 and we are very pleased that Fulford Community Choir will be joining us. As well as a selection of seasonal carols, The Festive Winter Concert will feature two of Bob Chilcott’s works - ‘Wenceslas’ and ‘Five Days that Changed the World’. It will also include Vaughan Williams’ ‘Fantasia on Christmas Carols’. So we’re going to be busy!
Our rehearsals begin at 7.45pm on Thursday 8th September 2016 in Priory Hall, St Dominic’s Priory School, Station Road, Stone. If you would like to join us please come along, the first term is free.
Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man will be the subject of our Come and Sing Workshop in January 2017. We will focus initially on the Choral Suite, but depending on how we get on may include other elements of the full work.
Hopefully this will give us some practice for our Spring Concert which will be the Full Work of the Armed Man and more of our plans for that event and our Summer Concert will be revealed in the coming months.
- 10/05/2016. Gilbert and Sullivan Summer Concert - 2 July 2016
This year Stone Choral Society will be performing a selection of well known pieces by Gilbert and Sullivan and we are delighted that the award winning Stone Revellers theatre company will be joining us to reprise some of their recent hit production of The Mikado (stone revellers.org.uk). We hope you will be able to join us. Tickets are £8 for adults, children under 16 get in free. Refreshments will be provided.
- 08/04/2016. Music for Spring - featuring Martha Hayward
We are delighted that Martha Hayward (Sop) will be joining us at our concert tomorrow night. Martha will be singing solo pieces by Purcell, Handel, Copland and Gershwin. In addition to the works by Vaughan Williams and Eric Whitacre the Programme will also feature songs by Stanford and Holst. You can read more about Martha on her website (http://www.marthahayward.co.uk/about.html). We hope to you can come along.
- 16/01/2016. HANDEL'S MESSIAH - COME AND SING WORKSHOP
singers have started to arrive and we estimate there should be between 80 and 90 of us - a great turnout.
We hope to see you at the concert!
- 05/01/2016. HAPPY NEW YEAR ---COME AND SING HANDEL'S MESSIAH -- Saturday 16 January 2016
It seems no time at all since our Christmas Concert in Christ Church Stone on 18th December last year.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to sing in a choir, then please come and join us on Thursday nights at Priory Hall, St Dominic’s School, Stone at 7:45 on Thursday 7 January 2016.
Our first event of the year will be a Come and Sing day on Saturday 16 January at Christ Church, Stone when we will be rehearsing a selection of pieces from Handel’s Messiah. If you haven’t sung it before – now’s your chance.
And in true New Year sales tradition, we have a Special Offer for full time Students – you only pay for music hire if you need to borrow a score. A bargain at £2.
You need to bring your own lunch and snacks, we will provide tea and coffee and cakes for the afternoon.
The day will end with a concert – tickets £5 – in Christ Church when we will perform what we’ve worked on to families, friends and anyone else who would like to come along.
For further information please contact Chris Horwill on 01889 270529 email: email@example.com
- 14/11/2015. CHANGE OF VENUE AND STARTING TIME OF CONCERT ON 14 NOVEMBER
Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's concert will now take place in St Michael & St Wulfred's Church in Stone at the slightly later time of 7:45 pm.
- 22/10/2015. Autumn Concert - 14 November 2015
Our Autumn Concert this year features Durufle's Requiem and Bernstein's Chicester Psalms. And we're delighted that we're being joined by Daisy Mitchell, Winner of the Staffordshire Young Singer of the Year 2015 competition and harpist Lucy Nolan. We hope you will be able to join us at Christ Church, Stone. Details are on the Concerts page.
- 22/10/2015. Future Events
We're delighted that we're going to be joined by the Equali Brass Quintet at our Christmas Concert at Christ Church, Stone on 17 December 2015. Then in the New Year, on Saturday 16 January we are holding a Come and Sing Day when we will be singing Handel's Messiah. More details will be provided soon. Our Spring Concert will be on Saturday 16 April 16, again at Christ Church, Stone when we will be singing a programme of songs appropriate for that time of year. Our Summer concert is on 2 July 16 at St Dominics School, Priory Hall.
- 02/05/2015. Summer Concert - In the Mood - 27 June at 6pm
We have started our preparations for our Summer Concer and once again we are delighted that we will be joined by St Michael's First School Children and Parents Choir.
The concert will be at Priory Hall, St Dominic's School, Station Road, Stone.
Please note the earlier starting time of 6pm.
- 17/03/2015. Spring Concert - 28 March 2015
Following the very well attended and successful Come and Sing workshop held in January, we are all now looking forward to performing a very varied repertoire for our Spring Concert at Christ Church in Stone on 28th March.
In addition to the main work, Haydn's Little Organ Mass, we will also be singing madrigals by Gibbons and Morley as well as some well known and loved choral pieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Tallis, Bruckner, Brahms, Elgar, Beethoven and Stanford.
We hope you will be able to join us.
- 25/01/2015. Come and Sing Workshop 17th January 2015
Over seventy singers came to our workshop which was a fantastic turnout. We hope you all learned something that will help you sing better and to look after your voice. There are some pictures from it on our Facebook page.
Our next event will be our Spring Concert on 28th March at Christ Church, Stone. It will feature Haydn's Little Organ Mass and a selection of pieces and we will be joined by Joan Dean (soprano). More information coming soon.
- 31/12/2014. New Year Resolutions
It's that time of year again. If you've Googled 'join a choir in Staffordshire' in your quest for a resolution for 2015 and found our website, then look no further. We're just the choir for you. New members are always welcome and you get the first term free.
We start back after the holidays on Thursday 8 January at 7:45pm in St. Dominic's Priory Hall, station Road, Stone when we will begin rehearsing the repertoire for our Spring Concert which will include Haydn's Little Organ Mass.
Our first event of the term is our Choral Workshop on 17 January where we will have vocal coaching sessions and also be singing Faure's Requiem. There's more information about it in the Concert page of the website.
With our very best wishes for 2015.
Stone Choral Society
- 22/12/2014. Carols at the 3 Crowns, Stone Monday 22 December at 7pm
Thank you to everyone who came to our carol concert last Thursday. We hope you enjoyed it. And you certainly worked hard for your wine and mince pies at the end.
Our final Stone Choral carolling event this year will tonight at The 3 Crowns in Stone where we will be singing from 7 till 7.30. Please come and join us!
- 06/12/2014. 'Christmas, won't be Christmas without ...'
According to Jo, in Louisa May Alcott's 'Little Women' it's 'any presents'.
But for Stone Choral Society, it's 'Carols'.
And this year, we are taking part in not one, not two, not three, but FOUR carol singing occasions.
In the run up to our main event, the Carols by Candlelight concert in Christ Church Stone, on 18th December at 7.30, members of the choir will be singing at three other venues.
On Sunday 7th December we will be at Little Moreton Hall to sing a selection of carols in a couple of slots between 11:30 and 1:30. It’s a very old house and has no central heating, so please wrap up warm!
You can find more information on their website:
Saturday 13th December, at 7.30pm some of us are singing at a carol service in All Saints' Church, Sandon.
Directions can be found on their website:
And on Monday 22nd December, with only 3 sleeps till Christmas Day, we will be in the convivial festive setting of The Three Crowns in Stone. And we hope all staff and customers will join in and sing with us! You’re bound to know at least some of the words. But we’ll try to bring along some word sheets.
We look forward to seeing you.
- 09/11/2014. Johnson Requiem
Thank you to everyone who came to the concert last night. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did performing. It was really a really special work for us to do because Stuart composed it. And being able to sing with The St Cecilia Orchestra was a wonderful experience. Please like our facebook page and let us know what you thought of the concert. And we look forward to seeing you at the Christmas concert on 18 December. Now, where did I put my green and orange carol books? Need them for the next rehearsal!
- 08/11/2014. Johnson Requiem - tonight
It seems ages ago that we started to plan this concert and last night we had our final full rehearsal for it. I won't tempt fate by saying anything other than we're really looking forward to performing it tonight. And singing with a 26 piece orchestra. There are still some tickets left if you'd like to come. Details of how to get them are on the 'Event' page but you won't be able to use Choraline. Then, next week we get stuck into our Christmas repertoire for our concert on 18th December in Christ Church in Stone. Then in January, we are having a choral workshop similar to a very successful one we held earlier this year. More about that soon. Hope to see you tomorrow night.
- 06/11/2014. Johnson Requiem - 8 November 2014
Stone Choral Society wants to make all its concerts special, and this one is special because it features the work of a local composer and choir member: Stuart Johnson. We shall be singing his Requiem and also Vivaldi’s Gloria. And, unusually for Stone Choral, the concert takes place in Stafford.
Stuart Johnson is well known throughout Staffordshire for his work with music education and was the Head of Music for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for a number of years. The Requiem was composed in memory of Stuart's father Joseph, who was a Salvation Army Bandmaster in Chesterton. Besides the traditional Latin text, this requiem also includes extracts from well-known Salvation Army hymns. Stuart's daughter Harriet, is our Musical Director. The requiem was last performed in Staffordshire in 1997 are we are extremely excited to be bringing it back to it's home county under the direction of Harriet Johnson.
We shall be joined by another local choir at the concert, the Cantiamo Chamber Choir, for which Stuart is the musical director and the St. Cecilia Orchestra which on this occasion will consist of over 25 local musicians.
Since we need extra space for a second choir, the orchestra and the audience, this concert will be held at 7.30 pm on Saturday November 8th at the Blessed William Howard Catholic High School, Rowley Avenue, Stafford, ST17 9AB. We hope you can all find us there! Tickets: £10 (concessions £8) including a glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets available from Plants Jewellers or Home & Colour, both on Stone High Street. Alternatively call 01785 817754 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 18/01/2014. John Rutter 'Requiem'-------Singing Masterclass
Singing Workshop day with our Musical Director and Voice Specialist, Harriet Johnson.
This workshop is designed to give you an insight into the mechanics and capabilities of the human voice. It is open to all with an interest in singing in any genre, whether you have years of experience or just want to find out more. --- During the workshop you will learn about the physiology of the voice and the various ways in which we can manipulate the vocal apparatus to produce the wide range of sounds the human voice is capable of. --- There will be opportunities for the whole group to try out vocal exercises and techniques.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please arrive around 9:30am for registration and seating. We hope to start as near to10:00am as possible to fulfil our packed programme. Coffee and tea will be provided during the day with cakes and biscuits in the afternoon break. Lunch break will be between 12:00 and 1:00--------- There will be a performance of the 'Requiem' in St Dominic's Hall at the end of the workshop at approximately 4:00pm, lasting around 40 mins. Friends and family are cordially invited to come and listen.
- 19/12/2013. Christmas Carol Concert
Come and join us in singing Carols old and new and enjoy a christmas story according to Brother Heinrich. -----------------The author, John Rutter, notes: According to a familiar legend, the lovely carol In dulci jubilo was first sung by a band of angels, who came down to visit the 14th century Dominican mystic Heinrich Suso and dance with him one night when he was unhappy and low in spirits. After the angels had departed, Suso wrote down the carol so that he should never forget how beautiful it was.
- 09/11/2013. Autumn Concert
Stone Choral Society will be giving a concert of commemoration and remembrance at Christ Church, Stone on Saturday, 9th November at 7:30 pm.
The programme includes joyous music from the Edwardian era, such as Edward German's 'Love is Meant to Make us Glad' through to Karl Jenkins' choral suite 'The Armed Man' in which we hear the evocative 'Hymn before Action' with its poignant and moving words of the terrible consequences of war. The choir will also be performing Edward Elgar's 'From the Bavarian Highlands' and Benjamin Britten's 'Te Deum in C' featuring soprano soloist Kate Smith.
- 23/03/2013. Rejoice, it's Spring
To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, the choir will be performing one of his finest works - 'Rejoice in the Lamb'. The words of the Cantata are taken from a poem of the same name by Christopher Smart, an 18th century poet, who was at the time of writing in an asylum. The poem is chaotic in form but contains many moments of glorious revelation which Britten embraces with ingenious skill.
The choir will also perform Paul Basler's 'Missa Kenya' and Bob Chilcott's 'The Making of the Drum'. Both composers experiment with an exciting fusion of traditional choral and African music. ---- The choir will be conducted by Harriet Johnson who, after working in Yorkshire for 10 years, is looking forward to working in her home county with Stone Choral Society.
- 23/03/2013. Concert had to be postponed
We regret that the decision had to be taken to cancel our concert in Christ Church on 23rd March. Although entitled 'Rejoice, it's Spring', the weather conditions are anything but spring-like. Many of our choir members as well as soloists and orchestral performers have considerable distances to travel, which of course is also true for you, the audience.
The new, as yet provisional, date for the concert is APRIL 18th which we hope you will be able to attend. You will be able to use the tickets already purchased and be offered a refund if you cannot make use of them on the revised date. --------------- Please keep informed by checking this site and accept our apologies for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused..
- 01/01/2013. New Year Resolution
If you can't face being too energetic at the end of a busy day but are not ready to slump in an armchair, why not come out and give our choir a try? It is relaxing, very enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. We perform 3 to 4 concerts a year in Stone which gives an additional focus to our singing.
We have a great need for Tenors and Basses at present. We would very much like to welcome you at our rehearsals. They take place every Thursday at 7:45pm in St. Dominic's Hall, Station Road, Stone.---------------- Go on, surprise yourself: you'll come out buzzing.
- 20/12/2012. Christmas Concert
Our Christmas Concert this year will be a selection of popular choruses relating to the Christmas story from Handel's Messiah.
Also a varied selection of carols old and new for the choir and audience. The programme will include music for brass performed by the Moorlands Brass Quintet. Come and enjoy a festive start to the Christmas celebrations!
- 02/11/2012. Anniversary Concert Visit
We are celebrating our 30th anniversary of exchange visits with our friends from Oostrozebeke. Their choir, Terpsichore, will be augmented by singers from Cantiga, an affiliated Belgian choir. The relaxed atmosphere at a dinner with gifts and speeches on Friday evening will give us the opportunity to renew friendships and make new connections.
Saturday will be a busy day, sampling the diversity of Stone's Farmers' Market in the morning and preparing with rehearsals for the joint concert at 7:30pm in St. Michael's Church. SCS will perform the wonderful Fauré Requiem while Terpsichore and Cantiga will bring us their selection of songs. A great programme to lift your spirits! Sadly, the visit will already end on Sunday morning when we embrace our friends with song and fond farewells to send them on their way back to Belgium.
- 08/06/2012. Choir visits Aix-en-Othe in the Champagne region of France
The choir will be taking part in the town's Music Festival together with choirs from Germany and Italy and the town's own choir "Les Choristes en Othe"
A highlight of the trip will be without doubt the visit to a local Champagne cellar
- 24/03/2012. Celebrate with us the Diamond Jubilee
We will be performing 'Four Coronation Anthems' by George Frideric Handel with the rousing anthem 'Zedoc the Priest' and also music by Henry Purcell 'Come Ye Sons of Art' , a specially composed birthday ode for Queen Mary
- 15/12/2011. Christmas Carol Concert, Christ Church, Stone
Our Christmas Concert is Stone's favourite Carol Concert in the weeks before Christmas.
Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere with joyful Carols, mince pies and wine.
- 19/11/2011. English Choral Classics Workshop
Join us for a day of singing works like Handel's 'Zadok the Priest', Balfour Gardiner 'Evening Hymn', Finzi 'God is gone up', Howells 'Like as the Hart', Parry 'I was glad' and other works.
We will be rehearsing in St. Michael's Church Hall and enjoy singing the works in St. Michael's Church itself around 5pm. Everyone is warmly invited to come and listen. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Please bring your own lunch or make use of the town's many cafés.
- 28/05/2011. Zimbe - Join us all for a night of jazz and singing!
Stone Choral Society’s next concert will be a production of Zimbe! a brilliant fusion of traditional African song and jazz. The music is accessible, instantly likeable and fun to learn as well as perform. The concert will be in Priory Hall, St Dominic’s School, Stone, ST15 8EN, and starts at 6pm on Saturday June 18th. We shall be joined by the Phoenix Choir from Birmingham, a jazz quintet and also the St Michael’s First School and Parents’ Choir who sang so well with us last year. Tickets cost £10, concessions £7, children free. Tickets can be bought from Wikijum or Plants the Jewellers or Tel: 01785 817754 www.stonechoral.org.uk
- 19/03/2011. A Rare Musical Treat
STONE CHORAL SOCIETY’S Spring Concert is at Christ Church Stone on Saturday April 2nd at 7.30 pm. Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G and Mozart’s Kyrie in D form the sumptuous programme of music. A 16 piece orchestra and fine soloists will make this a rare treat for Stone music lovers. Tickets are £10 & £8 (concs) from Plant’s the Jewellers and Wikijum in the High Street. Call 01785 817754 or e-mail email@example.com to order.
At St. Dominic’s Priory Hall on Saturday 18th June SCS are again joined by their young friends from St. Michaels 1st School Choir and new friends, The Phoenix Choir from Birmingham to perform Alexander L’Estrange’s new work, Zimbe! a brilliant fusion of African song and jazz. Their Autumn season begins with a “Come and Sing” Saturday Workshop and Concert. Watch this space - www.stonechoral.org.uk - for details to come.
- 19/11/2010. Getting ready for Christmas
The carols are out and they are sounding good, so why not join us at Christ Church, Stone, on December 16 at 7.30pm for some festive fun. Tickets are £6 on the door and children can come for free.
- 29/10/2010. Choir's Belgium visit
Members of the choir spent an enjoyable weekend in Belgium performing two concerts in one day.
- 09/09/2010. New term begins
The choir is looking forward to a new year of stimulating and challenging concert performances to which we welcome our new members
- 22/09/2008. Choir enters 40th year
Singers at Stone Choral Society are busy rehearsing for Handel's Messiah, a popular work with the choir over the last 40 years.
Several new members who have joined the choir in September have commented on the warmth of the welcome and the level of support provided by the other singers to learn this demanding work.
- 10/07/2008. New Musical Director appointed
Charlie Penn, a final year music student at the University of Birmingham, will lead the choir in it's 40th year.
Read more about him on our People page.
- 08/07/2008. Polish Choir hosted by Stone Choral
The Strzyzow Chamber Choir were popular visitors to Stone last weekend. In addition to two joint sell out concerts the choirs had a busy schedule of trips and parties.
A particular highlight was the concert at the White Eagle club in Stafford where the Polish club proved superb hosts.
- 05/10/2007. Stone Choral Society plans visit to Poland
The choir is planning a visit to the town of Strzyzow in Poland. The trip is scheduled to take place around the May half term next year.
This will be followed by a return visit from a local Polish choir, culminating in a joint concert in Stone on 5th July 2008
- 05/04/2007. High spirits at singing workshop.
Stone Choral held it's first workshop for several years. It was supported by singers from many local choirs. Click here for pictures.
- 03/11/2006. New website goes live!
This website has undergone a major overhaul. It now includes a News section and a Members area.
We hope you like it!
- 17/10/2006. Workshop planned for early 2007.
Following the success of Amy Bebbington's workshop in Walsall, Amy has been signed up be Stone Choral to lead a workshop/open day.
This will take place sometime in February or March 2007.