Wareham Choral Society

-Wareham's choir since 1947!

WCS PEOPLE

MUSIC DIRECTOR NIGEL GROOME


Nigel trained at the London College of Music, and carried out postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music.


Since 1980 he has been Organist and Director of Music of Beckenham Parish Church. The adult choir has a large repertoire. ranging from plainsong to contemporary music, and new works are regularly commissioned for it. As well as its duties at St. George's, the choir sings in many English cathedrals, and has broadcast for the BBC, independent television, BBC radio and the World Service. It has visited the USA, Belgium, Ireland and Estonia, the latter as part of the development of the link between Rochester diocese and Estonia.


Nigel is also the founder and Chairman of the St. George's Arts Festival, which is held annually in May, and has attracted artists of international calibre, for example Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Willard White, Prunella Scales and Geraldine McEwen.


Nigel was until recently the Royal School of Church Music Regional Music Adviser for the South and South West.


He regularly gives organ recitals throughout the country. He has performed at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, Sheffield Cathedral, St. Asaph Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral and Central Hall, Westminster.


Nigel is a native of Bournemouth and an avid supporter of Bournemouth AFC!

ACCOMPANIST  JOHN RADFORD

Our  accompanist is John Radford BA (Hons) CertRCO.

John was born in Wakefield, where he was a chorister at the cathedral. He received a bursary to study music at Ackworth School, and then studied music at Leeds University.

He has had posts as organist and teacher at Portsmouth and in Somerset.

He is currently  the organist for a group of village churches in East Dorset, and is the accompanist to The Broadstone Choir and The Allen Singers (Wimborne).


WCS COMMITTEE
 
Chairman
 Judith Price
Treasurer
Peter Davenport
Secretary/Librarian
 Bob Newnham
 Guild Representative
 Sarah Welton
 Choir Representative
  David Edgington
 Publicity
 Eve Baker
 Social
  Felicity Parry