We are the Purbeck Arts Choir - registered charity no. 1155013. The objects of the charity are to advance improve, develop and maintain public education in, and appreciation of, the art and science of music in all its aspects by any means the trustees see fit, including the presentation of concerts, recitals and instrument loans.
We meet for our weekly practice from 7.30 to 9.30pm every Thursday at our new venue: St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Northbrook Rd, Swanage, BH19 1QE.
We are very fortunate to have the talented, good-humoured and patient Jay Buckle as our conductor and are delighted to welcome David Fawcett as our new accompanist from September 2016. Generally we rehearse from September to May, with extra weekend practices when we are preparing for a Guild concert.
Subscriptions are paid in advance and there is a discount for paying in full at the beginning of the singing year in September - £85 for both Autumn and Spring terms. If you are only joining us for one term only or wish to pay in two separate instalments, the cost is £55 per term. Subscriptions include full membership of the Dorset Guild of Singers.
Our two main concerts are held around Christmas and Easter and there is a downloadable list of our rehearsal schedule to the right of this page.
We also take part in other musical events – see our COMMUNITY page for more information about our involvement with the Dorset Guild of Singers, Purbeck Art Weeks and other events.
Some of our recent performances…
On Saturday 2 December 2017 we were joined by the·Purbeck Youth Choir·and an orchestra of talented local musicians. We were entranced by a wonderful Vivaldi bassoon concerto from Lydia Bennett, who, at only 16, is principal bassoonist with the Wessex Youth Orchestra.
The Vivaldi Credo took centre stage and was joined by other festive delights including “This Joyous Night”, a beautiful telling of the Christmas story by Alan Woods and Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium”. We also sang “The Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre whose has achieved worldwide acclaim for his choral music.
The concert was in support of the Swanage and Purbeck Development Trust.
Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose
There were over 120 singers of all ages taking part in Ahoy! on 9 June 2017 at St Mary's Church in Swanage. Students from four local schools were joined by a community choir of singers from all over Purbeck.
The evening was a great success with Hornpipe dancers from the June Ranger School of Dance, a fantastic live band and a performance full of tremendous energy and excitement. Sea-shanties, folk songs and tudor music filled St Mary’s Church and the concert was enjoyed by singers and audience alike.
At our Spring concert on 1 April 2017, we sang Helen Ostafew’s “Requiem for Humanity”, which was the first performance of this new work in the UK. Helen herself was the soprano soloist with husband Daan Temmink on the piano and Mum and Dad (Jan and Nick) also singing in the choir!
We also sang the ever popular “Faure Requiem” and were delighted that The Stanford String Quartet (resident ensemble of the Purbeck Strings Festival) could accompany the choir with Daan Temmink (piano), Simon Lole (organ) and Ashley John Long (double bass). Soloists Grace Lovelass and David Fawcett completed the line-up and for a very special and memorable evening. The Concert Programme can be viewed in the Archives section on the Gallery page.