Past

To illustrate the wide and varied repertoire performed by the City of Wolverhampton Choir, this list contains previous performances dating from March 2002.  During the bulk of this period, the choir was conducted by David Hart.  The post of musical director was then taken up by Gary Cole until Christmas 2008.  We then welcomed Joe Cooper, our former choral scholar and student at the Birmingham Conservatoire, to the post of Musical Director in January 2009. Joe stayed with the choir until September 2013 and the post was taken up by Gloucester Cathedral Lay Clerk William Waine in November 2013. William left the choir at the end of March 2014 to take up a post at Chichester Cathedral. William was followed by Daniel Galbreath who took his first performance on 28th June 2014 and conducted his final performance on 2nd July 2016. 


2015-16 Season

A Festival of Folk
including folk songs by Rutter and Vaughan Williams
Saturday 2nd July 2016
Cranmer Methodist Church

Gloria
Tenebrae Factae Sunt
including a Holst ode, a Byrd mass and Vivaldi's Gloria 
with the Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra 
Saturday 9 April 2016
St. John's in the Square



That Glorious Song of Old
with readings and carols


Saturday 19 December 2015
St. John's in the Square

Shared Heritage
including Randall Thompson's Frostiana and works by Purcell, Amy Beach, Vaughan Williams and Gilbert & Sullivan

Saturday 7 November 2015
Penn United Reformed Church


 

2014-15 Season

Masquerade - an extravaganza of opera choruses
Saturday 20st June 2015
Cranmer Methodist Church


England expects
Haydn's Nelson Mass, Holst's Two Psalms, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs
Saturday 21st March 2015
St. John's in the Square


Christmas through the Ages
including the premiere of "O Magnum Mysterium", a new piece by Ed Denham
Saturday
20th December 2014
Springdale Methodist Church, Penn


2013-14 Season

World Song
Saturday 28th June 2014
Cranmer Methodist Church

Magical Mozart
Saturday 29th March 2014
St Bart's

Festive fun: Christmas carol concert
Saturday 21st December 2013
St. John's in the Square


Tettenhall Christmas Lights 
Saturday 23rd November 2013
Tettenhall Common

2012-13 Season

If Music Be The Food Of Love

Saturday 15th June 2013
Cranmer Methodist Church

Bach St. John Passion
Saturday 23rd March 2013
St. John's in the Square


Handel's Messiah
Saturday 22nd December 2012
St. John's


Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Saturday 1st December 2012
St. John's in the Square



2011-12 Season


Taverner and Tavener 
Saturday, 7th July 2012
St Bart's

Jubilee Concert
Saturday, 2nd June 2012
St. Bart's


Carmina Burana
Saturday, 24th March 2012
St. John's

Carmina Burana
Saturday, 17th March 2012
Pattingham

Christmas cake and carols
Monday, 19th December 2011
Cranmer Methodist Church

Handel's Messiah
Saturday, 17th December 2011
St. John's

Civic Carol Service
Thursday, 8th December 2011
Darlington Street Methodist Church

Brahms Requiem
Saturday, 12th November 2011
Cranmer Methodist Church

2010-11 Season

A Tour of Europe
Pieces by Monteverdi, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninov
Saturday 2nd July 2011
Cranmer Methodist Church

Rejoice! Featuring Zadok the Priest
Saturday 9th April 2011
St. John's

Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man (Sing from Scratch concert)

Saturday 12th March 2011
St. Bart's


Mayor's Carol Service
Thursday 9th December 2010
Darlington Street Methodist Church

Requiem 
Requiems by Rutter & Faure
Saturday 13th November 2010
St Michael's Church
Penn 

2009-10 Season

A Little Britten
Britten - St Nicholas & Rejoice in the Lamb
Saturday 3rd July 2010 7:30pm
Cranmer Methodist Church



The French Connection
Poulenc - Gloria
Langlais- Missa Salve Regina
Saturday 13th March 2010 7:30pm
St Johns in the Square



In Anticipation Of Christmas
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols
William Mathias - Ave Rex
Saturday 12th December 2009 7:30pm
St Bartholomews Church

The Magic of Mozart en Masse
Featuring: The Requiem Mass &
The Coronation Mass - soloists from the choir
& Extracts from The Magic Flute
14th November 2009
St Bartholomews Church, Penn 

2008-09 Season 

Stars & Stripes
Our summer concert so titled to reflect the day of its performance. 
Featuring Rio Grande - Lambert
The Chichester Psalms & Extracts from Porgy & Bess
4th July 2009, 7:30pm
Cranmer Methodist Church

The Creation
A joint collaboration with Wombourne & District Choral Society


'To celebrate the bicentennial of Josef Haydn's death the City and Wombourne choirs combined their considerable talents to perform one of the composer's best loved  works - The Creation.  This was the first time since 1975 that local choral societies have got together to present a large choral work and the result was most impressive...The 150-strong ensemble soon settled to produce a bright and confident sound.  Soprano Rachel Major showed a very pleasant tone, tenor Christopher Turner sang with great character and bass Christopher Foster contributed significantly.  Music director Ian Clarke always had matters very much under control.'  
Jerald Smith  - Express and Star



Christmas is Coming! 
Our annual feast of Christmas music and readings
Tuesday 16 December 2008, 7.30pm
St Bartholomew's Church, Penn
Directed by Gary Cole, Joe Cooper & Alec White 

City of Wolverhampton Choir Diamond Jubilee ConcertSaturday 15 November 2008, 7.30pm
St John’s-in-the-Square, Wolverhampton
Jubilee Fanfare/Praise my Soul arr Gary Cole
Bairstow: Blessed City
Three Bach Chorale Arrangements (Brass)
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs (Baritone soloist: Fran Ambrose, conducted by Joe Cooper)
William Walton: Coronation Te Deum
Walton: Three Movements from Henry V (Brass)
John Rutter: Gloria
Midlands Brass Ensemble
Helen Johnson (Soprano)
Fran Ambrose (Baritone)
Nicholas Johnson (Organ) 
Conducted by Gary Cole & Joe Cooper 

2007-08 Season

Summer Concert
including Gilbert and Sullivan: Trial by Jury
5 July 2008 
Newhampton Arts Centre 7.30pm

Walton: Coronation Te Deum,
Bach: Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV 541 (organ solo) 
Handel: Messiah (Parts 2 & 3) 
with Peter Langford (organ).
15 March 2008


Handel: Coronation Anthems (Zadok the Priest, The King shall rejoice), Oboe Concerto in G minor, 
Haydn: 'Nelson' Mass 
with Chamber Orchestra.
16 November 2007 
St. John's-in-the-Square

2006-07 Season

Ramirez: Missa Criolla/ Orff Carmina Burana
with Mark Bebbington, Peter Langford (pianos), and percussion ensemble
24 March 2007 
St John's-in-the-Sqaure

The Christmas News with Tarrington Brass
With Michael Collie (BBC Midlands Today)
16 December 2006 
St. John's-in-the-Square

Requiem with Peter Langford - Organ
Faure Requiem | Durufle Requiem 
Soloists: Helen Jones Johnson (Mezzo) | Samuel Evans (Baritone)
11 November 2006 
St. John's-in-the-Square

2005-06 Season

Captain Noah and his floating zoo 
Accompanied by Peter Langford with soloists from the choir
8 July 2006 
City of Wolverhampton College, Compton

An Evening with Mr Mozart with the Salomon Ensemble
Mass in C-Minor | Regina Coeli 
Soloists: inc. Natalie Clifton-Griffith
1 April 2006 
St. John's-in-the-Square

Christmas is Coming! with Tarrington Brass
Peter Langford - organ
17 December 2005 
St. John's-in-the-Square

Remembrance with Peter Langford - Organ
The Armed Man (Jenkins - Vocal Suite) | Requiem (Rutter)
12 November 2005 
St. John's-in-the-Square


2004-05 Season

Israel in Egypt (Handel) with the Salomon Ensemble
Soloists: Natalie Clifton-Griffiths | Helen Jones | Philip Saxon | Paul Tindall
18 June 2005 
St. John's-in-the-Square

English Greats with Peter Langford - Organ & Abigail Bradfield (Soprano)
inc. Give unto the Lord (Elgar) | lo, the full, final sacrifice (Finzi) | Blest Pair of Sirens (Parry)
19 March 2005 
St. Leonard's, Bilston


Christmas is Coming! with Peter Langford - Organ & Rachel Heyhoe Flint - Narrator
inc. Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols
11 December 2004 
St. John's-in-the-Square


The Mayor's Concert with Peter Langford - organ
inc. Rutter - Magnificat | Vaughan Williams - Five Mystical Songs
16 October 2004 
Penn URC, Wolverhampton


2003-04 Season

Bella Italia with Ensemble Musicale
Rossini - Stabat Mater | Puccini - Messa di Gloria
12 June 2004 
St. John's-in-the-Square, Wolverhampton

Baroque Masters with Ensemble Musicale
JS Bach - Magnificat | Vivaldi - Gloria | Monteverdi - Beatus Vir (+ Pachelbel - Canon | Handel - Arrival of Queen of Sheba)
13 March 2004 
St. Leonard's, Bilston

Christmas is Coming! 
Christmas carols including Paul Trepte's collection 'My Dancing Day'. 
13 December 2003 
St. John's-in-the-Square, Wolverhampton

Music Divine with Peter Langford - Organ
inc. Dvorak - Mass in D
18 October 
St. Thomas's, Wednesfield


2002-03 Season

Serenade to Music with Ensemble Musicale
Vaughan Williams - Serenade to Music | Andrew Carter - Musick's Jubilee | Elgar - The Music Makers
7 June 2003 
St. John's-in-the-Square, Wolverhampton

Classical Masterworks with Peter Langford - Organ
Beethoven - Mass in C | Mozart - Requiem
1 March 2003 
St. John's-in-the-Square

Christmas is Coming! 
inc. Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols
14 December 2002 
St. John's-in-the-Square

Gloria! with Gemini Brass
Mixed programme for Mayor's Charity Appeal
2 November 2002 
St. Leonard's, Bilston


2001-02 Season

Magic of Mozart with Ensemble Musicale
Credo Mass (K527) | Regina Coeli (K108) | Regina Coeli (K276) | Te Deum (K141) | Symphony No. 30 (orchestra)

29 June 2002 
St. John's-in-the-Square

Crown Imperial with Gemini Brass
inc Walton - Te Deum | Britten - Gloriana Dances | Handel - Zadok the Priest

9 March 2002 
Penn URC
St. John's-in-the-Square

Christmas is Coming! 
Peter Langford - organ
with items from the pilot project forming Wolverhampton Young Voices - the new youth choir for 11-18 year olds - directed by Geoffrey Weaver
15 December 2007
St. John's-in-the-Square