Wareham Choral Society

- Wareham's choir since 1947!



Wareham Choral Society is looking to appoint a Director of Music to succeed the distinguished conductor Nigel Groome, who has taken up an appointment at St. Matthews, Westminster.

WCS is a progressive SATB choir of approximately 50 singers.

During the past four years the choir has grown in number and expertise. We have expanded our annual programme of Christmas and Spring concerts in Lady St Mary Church, Wareham to include a summer concert of secular music in exciting new venues in Purbeck, including Tyneham Village Barn and the Etches Museum at Kimmeridge.

We seek an MD who will continue to encourage, challenge, and develop the choir's skills in a positive, supportive and enjoyable way.

WCS, formed 70 years ago, is the only choral society serving the community of Wareham. The choir has a strong identity within the town but also attracts members from the wider community and further afield.

WCS has a history of collaborating with other local choirs, soloists and instrumentalists. WCS is a member of the Dorset Guild of Singers, and in alternate years, instead of our own Spring concert, we join forces with other Guild choirs, from all over Dorset, for a joint performance of a major choral work in the Lighthouse in Poole.

The choir season will run from September until the date of the summer concert in July. We rehearse on Monday nights from 7:30 pm till 9:30pm in Wareham.

Currently we have the following dates booked: Spring Concert April 28th, 2018 when we will join the Dorset Guild of singers to perform Gerontius at the Lighthouse. The next date to be fixed will be for the Christmas Concert 2018.

WCS expects its Music Director:

  • To develop an annual programme of concerts a year in advance, in consultation with the Committee, exploring the traditional choral repertoire, contemporary choral works, and music from other traditions.

  • To promote the enjoyment of singing whilst working towards the achievement of the highest possible musical standards within the available musical and financial resources.

  • To plan a rehearsal schedule which will be effective and enjoyable and enable the choir to be well prepared for each concert.

  • To conduct weekly rehearsals during the autumn, spring and summer terms of approximately twelve weeks in preparation for the Christmas, Spring and Summer concerts.

  • To work with the accompanist, librarian and committee to ensure that rehearsals and concerts run effectively.

  • To prepare the choir for the biennial DGS concert, attending DGS Committee meetings and (approx 4) joint rehearsals, and rehearsing the choir for the concert, in co-operation with the appointed Guild conductor.

  • To be responsible for engaging soloists and accompaniment as required and with the agreement of the committee.

To attend committee meetings and provide advice as necessary
  • To work with the committee in promoting the choir and attracting new members.

The remuneration for this post is to be negotiated, depending on experience.

Applications are now closed. Our new MD will be announced shortly.


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).

 Judith Price
Peter Davenport
 Bob Newnham
 Guild Representative
 Sarah Welton
 Choir Representative
  David Edgington
 Eve Baker