On 1 December 2018 we were delighted to take part in the BBC Radio Suffolk "Children in Need" Concert at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds. An added pleasure was that Terry Waite, our President, was also taking part.
Our first concert as Tom Appleton as our Musical Director was “Messiah”, on 3 November 2018 at Stowmarket Parish Church. It was a most enjoyable event and very well received!
On 23 June and 7 July 2018 we joined with the Dorian Singers to present two joint concerts in Felixstowe and Stowmarket, performing Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo by Michael Flanders & Joseph Horovitz, and Songs of the Fleet by Charles Villiers Stanford.
On 18 March 2018 the Stowmarket Chorale was joined by children from Rougham, Great Finborough, and South Lee Schools, together with Alexander L'Estrange and his jazz quintet, to sing L'Estrange's Zimbe! with its songs of Africa, and a performance of John Rutter's Mass of the Children. The concert was performed to a packed and appreciative Apex in Bury St Edmunds with just four seats remaining in the back row.
December 2017 saw the Chorale perform its traditional concert of Christmas music..
On 17 June 2017 we performed Vivaldi's Gloria and Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater with a small sinfonietta which was very well received.
February 2017 saw an evening with a nautical theme, with Edward Elgar's Sea Pictures, and performance of Alexander L'Estrange's Ahoy! with his fabulous jazz quintet, also featuring the choirs of South Lee School, Rougham Primary School & Finborough Primary School.
December 2016 saw our annual concert of Christmas music.
In November 2016 we contributed light music to the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance.
We had a concert of summer music in July 2016 at St Mary's church, Boxford, including Rutter's All Things Bright and Beautiful; Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus; Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine; and Rutter's Down by the Riverside.
In May 2016 we held a hugely successful concert at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds where the Stowmarket Chorale, with the Kingfisher Sinfonietta and soloists, brought an audience of well over 250 a tribute to the Queen including Mozart's Coronation Mass, Vespers & Clarinet Concerto.
In February 2016 we had another "Come and Sing" Day with the opportunity to come and join us in singing Mozart's Coronation Mass.
"A most enjoyable day. Congratulations to all involved with the
The Chorale singing Infant Holy...
In December 2014 we had our traditional concert focussing on Advent and Christmas music at the Stowmarket Parish Church, joined by the Skylarks youth choir and a trombone quintet from the Stowmarket Concert Band.
In July 2014 we returned to the John Peel Centre to perform Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, with its recognisable opening hymn, popularised by a well-known TV commercial and rousing choruses.
April 2014 saw the choir give the first Suffolk performance of The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins in The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, with special guest Terry Waite, CBE, a long-time friend of the composer and contributor to the work, and now our President.
November 2013 brought a sell-out concert of excerpts from Messiah in the John Peel Centre.
In July 2013, In The Mood, Music for a Summer Evening, rounded off our season with a light-hearted, popular selection.
In March 2013, we presented Mendelssohn's Elijah, a dramatic work with powerful episodes from the Old Testament, climaxing with the prophet's ascension to heaven in a fiery chariot. The steadily falling snow provided an unwelcome contrast, but our loyal audience braved the elements.
President: Terry Waite CBE. Vice Presidents: Graham Bishop-Hunt, Dorothy Fisher