A Choral Chronicle : A History of Worcester Festival Choral Society

£25.00

A Choral Chronicle: The History of Worcester Festival Choral Society – has been written by Chorus member / author Michelle Whitefoot to celebrate its 160 years of bringing the choral greats to Worcester.
Packed with fascinating details, new archive research, conductor interviews, member memories and stunning colour photos,

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A Choral Chronicle: The History of Worcester Festival Choral Society – has been written by Chorus member / author Michelle Whitefoot to celebrate its 160 years of bringing the choral greats to Worcester.
Packed with fascinating details, new archive research, conductor interviews, member memories and stunning colour photos, A Choral Chronicle traces the Society’s story from its Victorian origins through two constitutions, two World Wars, 11 conductors and the pandemic of 2020. In it you can discover:
• How the Society was born in 1861
• What caused a 20-year hiatus in the late 19th century
• How Sir Edward Elgar developed a special relationship with WFCS
• The truth behind its Conductor Hugh Blair’s mysterious dismissal
• Which Treasurer became a five-time Mayor of Worcester
• How Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Hubert Parry, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (and more) guest conducted
• How WFCS helped the Second World War effort
• Why the WFCS ‘Centenary Concert’ was a mistake
• How the Society sang at the Royal Albert Hall and for royalty
• Which past singing members went on to wider musical fame
• What goes into programming a Three Choirs Festival
• How modern Conductors prepare for concert day
… and much more
What’s more, 100% of the profits from sales of A Choral Chronicle will go to Worcester Festival Choral Society funds (Charity no. 506826).