124 Years of Choral Singing
In October, 1888, the Rev. R. Sneyd called a meeting to form “a society for the cultivation of vocal and instrumental music in Bungay” - little could he have dreamed that 120 years later his “ambition” would be regularly presenting at least three concerts a year, crowned by a magnificent performance on 17th May, 2008, in St. Mary’s Church, Bungay, to celebrate its anniversary”. The Bungay Choral Society which currently has around 60 members,meets every Thursday in the Orange Room at Emmanuel Church at 7.30pm. Our objective is "to advance, improve, develop and maintain public education in choral music by the study and performance of choral works in the town and district".
The Society is affiliated to Making Music, the National Federation of Music Societies.
The Society is managed by a committee of 11 members, Chaired by John Warnes, with Tim O'Mullane (Hon. Treasurer), Jono Rout (Concert Secretary) Martin Canter (Vice-Chairman), Robin Farrar (Librarian), Eddie Winter is the current Hon. Secretary and Becky Rout (Publicity).
Our Hon. Conductor is Harvey Rathbone and our accompanist is Michael Kent.
The annual subscriptions for 2012/2013 is £60. This is paid at the start of each season. The season starts in September of each year following the AGM. A £40 subscription is payable for those who whish join the society over half way through the season. Young members who are still in full-time education enjoy free membership of the Society. Since our music is hired through the County Library, we also make a small charge for the loan of music to cover our costs. New members who join at the start of or during the season should pay their subscription only after they are certain that they wish to become members; following a period of 3 weeks.
The dress code for the society is as follows.
For ladies it is Black trousers or long black skirt with a black blouse and for gentlemen it is black trousers, long sleeved black shirt, with black shoes and socks.
In 2012 the Society gained registered charity status (Charity Number 1146189).
If you have any questions or require further information, please don't hesitate to ask any Committee member or our Hon. Conductor.