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Vocal coaching by Claire Williams

Claire Williams
Winchester Music Club members are being offered vocal coaching by Claire Williams. Claire sang as a chorister at Ripon Cathedral before moving onto Uppingham School as a Music Scholar. She continued her studies at both the Royal Academy of Music, with Michael Chance and James Baillieu and Guildhall School of Music, London with Susan Waters.

Recent solo performances include the Duruflé Requiem in Leeds Minster for Leeds Philharmonic Chorus; Dido, Dido and Aeneas by Purcell with Le Concert D’Anvers Orchestra on including a sold out performance in DeSingel, Antwerp and Leuven Stadsschouwburg, Leuven, Belguim; Queen Eltruda, Alfred by Thomas Arne for Doha Baroque Ensemble and The British Embassy, Qatar. Claire regularly performs as a soloist with choral societies and orchestras around the country, including Southern Sinfonia, Orpheus Orchestra, Amade Players, Musica Poetica and at the St. Endellion Festival, Cornwall. She has enjoyed singing in venues such as Cadogan Hall; St. John’s, Smith Square; St. Martin-in-the-fields; Chartres Cathedral and La Madeleine, Paris.

Charity Christmas Concert 15th December 7pm

We are planning a short Charity Concert of Christmas Music at 7pm on Friday 15th December in St Peter’s Church. Rehearsals will be on 1st and 8th December in Music School. We will be performing extracts from the Messiah and some 4 part carols along with a couple of congregational hymns and possibly some seasonal poems or readings. Claire Williams will be the soprano soloist. This concert will be in aid of WMC and Winchester Churches Nightshelter, (see and we will also make a donation to St Peter’s Church which is providing the church and Pastoral Centre free of charge. David and Jamal are kindly waiving their rehearsal and concert fees. There will not be an extra charge to participate in this concert but donations are very welcome.

Scores for March 2017 concert

The vocal scores to be used for the March 2017 concert are:

Haydn: Nelson Mass New Novello Choral Edition NOV072513.

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Mozart Vesperae solennes de confessore (KV 339) Breitkopf and Härtel EB6767.

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(No score and released in 1993, but is Emma Kirkby and Winchester choristers and quiristers. As it’s edited by Richard Maunder, it may have some differences to the Breitkopf, which is edited by Ulrich Haverkampf.)

Pre-Concert Lecture on Vaughan Williams

David Thomas, Master of Music at Winchester College and Musical Director of Winchester Music Club, presents an illustrated talk on the war experiences of composer Vaughan Williams and his anti-war cantata Dona nobis pacem. The talk will take place in the Winchester College Music School on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 7:00pm. Admission is free.

Vocal Techniques Workshop

Winchester Music Club held a vocal techniques workshop lead by Oliver Tarney, Head of Singing and Composition at Winchester College, in Winchester College Music School last Saturday (28 February) afternoon between 1:30pm and 4:30pm. Over 50 people attended the workshop and many attendees were from local choirs as well as WMC members.

Oli, an energetic and engaging teacher, ran a hugely enjoyable and successful day. He was assisted by Jamal Sutton, Assistant Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College. Tea, coffee and cakes, provided by WMC members, were enjoyed during the break. The workshop focused on: warming up, breathing, projecting and focusing the sound, volume control and voice blending.

Some photos of the workshop can be seen by clicking here.

Jamal Sutton’s close harmony group release CD

Cantores Episcopi of Winchester College, led by Jamal Sutton, are proud to present their latest recording, ‘Steal Away Home – Folk songs and Spirituals’.

“The CD presents just a drop in the ocean of some of today’s more popular arrangements by composers from Ralph Vaughan Williams via classic arrangements of former members of The King’s Singers, very much to the present day and including two arrangements written especially for the disc. Here is a wonderful mix of sumptuous harmonies, syncopated rhythms and entertaining tales to provide a CD celebrating the folk song and spiritual tradition.”

A track from the recording session can be seen here.

The CD is released Friday 4th December, just in time for Christmas, is available from

It costs just £10, and Jamal will bring some along to our rubbing-out party on Friday 4th December if members wish to purchase one with cash or cheque.