A Choral Chronicle: The History of Worcester Festival Choral Society – has been written by Chorus member / author Michelle Whitefoot to celebrate its 160 years of bringing the choral greats to Worcester.

A Choral Chronicle: The History of Worcester Festival Choral Society

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  • A Choral Chronicle: The History of Worcester Festival Choral Society – has been written by Chorus member / author Michelle Whitefoot to celebrate its 160 years of bringing the choral greats to Worcester.

     

    Packed with fascinating details, new archive research, conductor interviews, member memories and stunning colour photos, A Choral Chronicle traces the Society’s story from its Victorian origins through two constitutions, two World Wars, 11 conductors and the pandemic of 2020. In it you can discover:

     

    • How the Society was born in 1861

    • What caused a 20-year hiatus in the late 19th century

    • How Sir Edward Elgar developed a special relationship with WFCS

    • The truth behind its Conductor Hugh Blair’s mysterious dismissal

    • Which Treasurer became a five-time Mayor of Worcester

    • How Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Hubert Parry, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (and more) guest conducted

    • How WFCS helped the Second World War effort

    • Why the WFCS ‘Centenary Concert’ was a mistake

    • How the Society sang at the Royal Albert Hall and for royalty

    • Which past singing members went on to wider musical fame

    • What goes into programming a Three Choirs Festival

    • How modern Conductors prepare for concert day

    … and much more

     

    What’s more, 100% of the profits from sales of A Choral Chronicle will go to Worcester Festival Choral Society funds (Charity no. 506826).