‘AHOY’ Sing for the Mary Rose

We had a special Summertime Treat on Saturday July 1st!  Newcastle Choral Society led by Mark Anyan, joined forces with 60 children from 3 primary schools and the ‘Call Me Al’ quintet led by composer Alexander L’Estrange, to perform his joyous cantata ‘Ahoy’ Sing for the Mary Rose 

This was a unique opportunity for the children from  Seaton Sluice First School Whitley Bay, Eastlea Primary School Cramlington in south east Northumberland and from St Godrics RC Primary School in Durham to work with professional artists and the choir in the iconic Turbine Hall in The Castlegate, Melbourne Street Newcastle upon Tyne.

Specially designed banners hung from the 5m high steel columns in the Turbine Hall. Each school was given a signed banner to display in their school halls.

A quote from one of the Head teachers ‘It was a wonderful opportunity and I am sure that it is one that the children will remember forever. Thank you too for the banner which we will proudly hang in out school hall!

Funding was received from Hadrian Trust and the Roland Cookson Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

Support was also acknowledged from The Castlegate and Emma Bunting Creative Designer


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Bach B Minor Mass

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Bach’s Mass in B minor stands as one of the finest works in all music.
Completed in the final years of his life it can be regarded as the crowning glory
in the career of one whom many regard as the greatest-ever composer

Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30
Banqueting Suite
Newcastle Civic Centre
Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson soprano
Beth Mackay alto
Peter Davoren tenor
Andri Björn Róbertsson bass
Orchestra North East
Newcastle Choral Society
(Musical Director Mark Anyan)
£15 (£8 for those in full time education or
registered unemployed,
free to under 18s with a paying adult)
email: enquiries@newcastlechoralsociety.org.uk
Phone: 0191 2854868 or 0191 2866338
online www.wegottickets.com

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Festive Fusion

Saturday 10 December, 2016

7.30 pm, Banqueting Suite, Civic Centre

With special guest stars Quintessentialvoices

who proved to be very popular with the appreciative audience who

enjoyed the fusion of different styles of music and the dash of Christmas sparkle!

Schubert, Whitacre, Vaughan Williams and Festive favourites!




The Concert formed part of the Council’s celebrations of 800 years of Mayoralty and Freemen in Newcastle

The closing collection was held in aid of the Charlie Bear Cancer Appeal; one of the current Lord Mayor’s four chosen charities in her Mayoral year, and raised over £500.



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Come and Sing Mary Poppins !

On Sunday 25 September 2016 we had an exciting day, in the lovely setting of Ushaw College, learning songs from Mary Poppins.  The event was led by Ben Parry, Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and was “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”!

The day was open to anybody who wanted to be part of the chorus, join others in a good old sing-song (including kids), or be part of the audience when we gave a performance at the end of the day.   Fancy dress was optional, but many people felt this added to the spirit of the day!

This Sunday was the 2nd day of a special weekend for us.  We had a choral workshop on the Saturday, working on pieces by Schubert and Bach, to improve vocal techniques.  We enjoyed a lovely meal in the evening, with a cappella group Quintessential Voices providing us with superb entertainment.  Particular thanks are due to three of the group for a special time this weekend – MD Mark Anyan, our ‘in house’ singing teacher Jim Morgan (not many choirs have one of them included as part of subscriptions) and Elizabeth Woods, our wonderful Mary Poppins. Fantastic!

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Recruiting Now!

Join us on our new adventure to become the ‘Choir of Choice’!

Come to our next rehearsal – Mondays at 7.30 pm, at the Church of St John the Evangelist, Kingston Park

Recruitment 2016 landscape


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Land of Singing Waters – Words and Music from Northumbria and Beyond

Our summer concert this year was held on Saturday 11 June 2016 in the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Westgate Road; a new venue for the choir.
We were joined by some North East celebrities in an event featuring music, words, and even some dancing, from the local area and beyond.

Kevin Whately
Kitty Whately
Madelaine Newton
Will Lang and Guests
Pianist Joseph Middleton
Music by Will Todd and Will Lang along with more traditional folk music

REVIEW: The Chronicle and Journal published this fantastic review by David Whetstone: click here for review

Prior to the concert, the Chronicle and Journal also published this article with more information about the Whatelys, and the link which was uncovered between the Tyne Theatre and our Chairman! – Chronicle Live Article

Thank you to everyone involved in making this event a great success, and if you came along we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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The Creation – Joseph Haydn

Our concert on Saturday 19 March 2016 featured The Creation by Haydn, and was held in the Banqueting Suite of Newcastle Civic Centre.

These fabulous soloists joined us:
Angela Hicks, Soprano
Ben Thapa, Tenor
Dominic Barberi, Bass

We were supported by our friends Orchestra North East, and our Musical Director Mark Anyan conducted.

This concert was dedicated to the memory of John Parker, loyal member of the choir who died in November 2015.  A closing collection was held in aid of the Hadrian Trust, and raised over £730.  The Trust is a registered charitable trust allocating grants to charities and groups working for the benefit of the people and the environment of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham, including Hartlepool, for which John acted as solicitor, trustee, correspondent and administrator for almost 40 years.

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