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 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 150 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 Cathedral.
Gloria by Francis Poulenc and The Armed Man – “A Mass for Peace” by Karl Jenkins CBE were performed by the Society on 23rd March 2014 at the Royal Hall, Villa Marina, Douglas, as part of its programme during the Island of Culture 2014 celebrations. The composer of The Armed Man – “A Mass for Peace” – Karl Jenkins had met our former Director of Music Pam Duchars [who died in 2013] in 2010 and asked the performance of his work at the March 2014 concert to be dedicated to her memory.
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 2014 and Isle of Man Choral Society is grateful to the orchestra for its continuing support.
The Isle of Man Choral Society will perform Handel’s Messiah at its next concert on 22nd March 2015 at the Royal Hall, Villa Marina, Douglas commencing at 2:30pm. The work will be performed in its entirety and again the Society will be accompanied by Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra.
The soloists will be Karen Elliott – soprano, Mandy Griffin - mezzo-soprano and Graham Crowe – bass/baritone. The Society has invited Richard Pollock, tenor to sing the tenor solos. Richard lives in the UK and has a fine voice; he has sung with the Manx Festival Chorus recently.
Nick Roberts has kindly agreed to play the Continuo on the harpsichord.
Julian Power has wanted to do this work for many years and is looking forward to the first rehearsal of the choir which takes place at Ashley Hill School, Onchan on 11th September commencing at 7:30pm. He would like a choir of around two hundred singers and those of you who are not members and would like to take part in this wonderful work should please attend that evening – you will be made most welcome.
Reading music is an obvious benefit, but those of you who do not but have a good voice should nonetheless come along as Julian and other members of the choir will assist. Many of those who can read music often purchase rehearsal CD’s to help them with the notes and the Secretary of the Society, Brian Holt, will obtain these CD’s and any scores that you may need at a small discount given to the Society by Choraline.
For further information please contact Brian on firstname.lastname@example.org or obtain the forms on the “contact us” page of this website.