Welcome to Compton & Shawford Festival Choir

Compton and Shawford Festival Choir was founded on September 30th 1921, with the aim of joining all local choirs and singers to sing together as part of the Winchester and County Music Festival.

For 100 years uplifting concerts have been held in venues such as the beautiful Winchester Cathedral, and Romsey Abbey, giving all singers in the area the opportunity of singing major choral works together.

Compton and Shawford Festival Choir are planning to celebrate their Centenary year with a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Winchester Cathedral. Due to Covid restrictions in 2021 the planned date has been moved to Saturday 31st July 2021, by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter. This date change gives us more time to rehearse, and both singers and audience more time to get vaccinated! Social distancing measures will hopefully also be relaxed by then. (The Verdi “Sing Day” will similarly be moved – date tba.)

All other arrangements for this concert – costs, times, soloists, orchestra, etc. – remain as before i.e. singers are all invited to join us for  rehearsals that will have to be planned around covid restrictions at the time – please return here for updates.

There may be a problem for you to get library copies of the Verdi, so if you can borrow, beg or buy one, please do. (Ricordi or Novello edition). Charity shops, or on line sellers often have new or used copies available. Today on eBay there was a used Ricordi for £4.99, so maybe ask Santa for an extra pressie!! Another possible source is Presto Music – james.longstaff@prestomusic.com

We emphasise that this is not a Come and Sing performance. All singers must have their own copies, know their part and attend any rehearsal (s).

Planning ahead, here are the two dates for your diaries in 2021:-

1.CSFC Centenary Verdi Requiem, Winchester Cathedral, Saturday 31st July 2021 (timings tba)

2. The next VfH concert, once again in aid of ALL Hampshire. Hospices will be a performance of Karl Jenkins’ “Armed Man” (again by popular demand!). Venue to be confirmed soon.

Finally, keep safe, singing and well, and have a happy and healthy New Year.