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The Isle of Man Choral Society founded in 1979 under the late Alan Pickard was then known as Isle of Man Teachers’ Choir. Chairman of the Society is Charles Fargher MBE and its Director of Music is Julian Power whose biography is found on another page of this site.

The members of the society now come from all walks of life but all with the common purpose of enjoying and performing good music.

The founder of the Society, Alan Pickard, sadly passed away in 2011. His legacy lives on in that the choir is now nurtured by Julian Power who took over from the late Pam Duchars in 2007. Its members now total over 140 and we are still seeking new members.

In the past the Society has performed overseas including tours to Switzerland, Croatia and Germany. Among the major choral works performed were Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Poulenc’s Gloria and in 1983, together with the Youth Choir, the Society performed Verdi’s Requiem at Liverpool Anglican

The Isle of Man Choral Society performed Handel’s Messiah at its last concert on 22nd March 2015 at the Royal Hall, Villa Marina, Douglas.

As in previous concerts the Society, under the baton of its Director of Music Julian Power, sang with the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra – Leader Tom Field, which too has a full programme of concerts in 2015 and Isle of Man Choral Society is grateful to the orchestra for its continuing support.

The soloists were Karen Elliott – soprano, Mandy Griffin - mezzo-soprano, Graham Crowe – bass/baritone and Richard Pollock, tenor.

Nicholas Roberts played the Continuo on the harpsichord and organ.

For further information of the Society or how to join as a singer, please contact Brian Holt, secretary, on choral@manx.net.

 

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