The Isle of Man Choral Society was founded in 1979 under the late Alan Pickard and was then known as Isle of Man Teachers’ Choir. Chairman of the Society is Charles Fargher.
The Society started with a strong nucleus of teachers from all parts of the Isle of Man and, while maintaining those links, has over the years expanded to become a real community choral society now called The Isle of Man Choral Society under the direction of 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 his infant is now nurtured by Julian Power who took over from Pam Duchars [who sadly passed away last year] in 2007. Its members now total over 150.
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 this 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 soloists were Karen Elliott (soprano) in the Gloria by Poulenc, and Mandy Griffin (mezzo-soprano) in The Armed Man – “A Mass for Peace” by Jenkins.
In 2010 the composer of The Armed Man – “A Mass for Peace” – Karl Jenkins CBE had met our former Director of Music Pam Duchars and asked for 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.
Most of you will know the Benedictus of The Armed Man [a particular favourite of Pam Duchars], which has a beautiful melody played by solo cello and which was superbly performed by David Hornberger whose details are to be seen in the profiles section of this site.
Handel’s Messiah is the work to be performed by the Society in the afternoon of 22nd March 2015 again at The Royal Hall, Villa Marina, Douglas and more details of this concert will be published on this website as soon as arrangements have been finalised.
Our Director of Music Julian Power is excited at the prospect of this performance which will need more members to sing this magnificent and popular work. New members are therefore welcome and all those interested in joining the Society should please contact Brian Holt, secretary in the first instance by emailing him at email@example.com when he will be pleased to advise on membership and other information.
Rehearsals will commence on 11th September 2014 and are held at Ashley Hill School, Onchan each second and fourth Thursdays as well as the fifth Thursday if applicable.
A list of all our concerts is shown on another page of this site.