Gainsborough Choral Society is an open-access community choir and member of Making Music

by | 11 April 2021 | Gainsborough, Hobbies, Music

Despite no rehearsals or performances since mid-March 2020, the genius of tech wizards has enabled the society to meet via Zoom for a few weeks this year – but this doesn’t come close to the excitement of actually singing and hearing other voices melding together.
They said goodbye last year to their musical director Richard Green, who coaxed them through ten seasons of innovative programming and persuasive improvements. During his tenure, they continued to be one of the best choirs in the area. Last year they appointed a new Musical Director, Alex Greenfield, a well-known Lincoln musician, teacher with the Lincolnshire Music Service, and a visiting music tutor at Lincoln University. He has been unable to take up the baton due to COVID-19 restrictions until this year and members now look forward to a future of music-making to share with the community.
Last year, Gainsborough Choral Society had hoped to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers’ departure from these shores for their new life in North America, with a work specially commissioned by West Lindsey District Council. There must have been some stragglers who waited until 1621 to depart, so their performance, re-scheduled for November this year, of David Fawcett’s ‘A sure refuge’ is still timely.
David grew up in Gainsborough and attended Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School. While there, he was Organ Scholar at All Saints’ (Parish) Church, Gainsborough, under the tutelage of Philip Ainsworth.
Further details on this new work can be found on David’s website, www.davidfawcettcomposer.com/compositions/concert-works/a-sure-refuge/.
The society are grateful to the support they have received over the years from their audiences and volunteers and hope they can soon continue to fill the Parish Church in Gainsborough with uplifting music. For more information about Gainsborough Choral Society, please visit www.gainsboroughcs.co.uk or contact the Hon. Secretary, Deirdre Speed via info@gainsboroughcs.co.uk. For all the latest news, follow them on Facebook and Twitter – search @GainsChoralSoc.