Welcome to the Isle of Man Choral Society
The Isle of Man Choral Society is a community choir that, in conjunction with the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra, performs one or more major works each year at its annual spring concert in the Villa Marina, Douglas.
Supported by numerous members who are experienced singers and musicians, IOMCS is able to welcome and embrace all who wish to come and experience the joy of choral singing and the thrill of performing with a full symphony orchestra.
Regular attendance at rehearsals which began on 13th September 2018 (see the rehearsal schedule here) are vital, to enable the choir to perform at its best.
Our next concert will be held at The Royal Hall, Villa Marina, Douglas on 7th April 2019 and tickets will be available from the Villa Marina, Douglas Box Office from 1st January 2019. The programme for the 2019 concert has still to be determined so watch this space!
Last year Isle of Man Choral Society accepted an invitation from Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) to sing with others in a world premiere of a new work – “Sing! The Music was Given” composed by Sir Karl Jenkins CBE who was in attendance. The concert was held, as in past years, on the Monday following the Martin Luther King Jnr weekend – 15th January 2018 in the Carnegie Hall, New York, USA. The choir of approximately 250 consisting of invited singers from several countries was under the baton of Dr Jonathan Griffith – Artistic Director and Conductor DCINY.
Our annual concert was held recently on 25th March 2018 in the Royal Hall, Villa Marina, Douglas with the main item being Verdi’s Requiem when with the masterly accompaniment of Isle of Man Symphony orchestra making a total number of performers in excess of 200. The concert was well attended with just over 700 in the audience but still quite a few seats remaining. The Verdi Requiem was conducted by Julian Power BEM, Director of Music and was received with a standing applause. The four soloists were Charlotte Kinder soprano, Mandy Griffin mezzo-soprano, Charne Rochford tenor and Graham Crowe Bass.
The programme for the 2019 concert has just been decided by the committee and IOMCS will be performing Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass and Sir Karl Jenkins latest work “Sing! The Music was Given” as mentioned above. Please see This Years Works page.
Each year the Society chooses a local charity to support from the ticket sales at the Spring Concert.