Cathedral premiere for chorale group concert

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society chairman Bob Cumber at St Peter's Church, Sheringham, where a n

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society chairman Bob Cumber at St Peter's Church, Sheringham, where a new work by renowned composer Patrick Hawes will be performed next year as part of a £31,100 music project. - Credit: Archant

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society is tuning up for a world-class concert, after bagging a £31,100 grant to commission a piece of music to be premiered at Norwich Cathedral.

The Arts Council England cash will pay for two performances of a new choral work written by former Classic FM composer in residence Patrick Hawes.

As part of the project, which kicks off in spring 2014, Mr Hawes will be running a music workshop for adults and children at the Auden Theatre, Holt.

This will be followed by a performance at Norwich Cathedral featuring 100 adult singers, as well as a children's choir made up of participants in the international Britten music course held annually at Gresham's School, Holt.

Following the Norwich premiere, a second concert will be held at St Peter's Church, Sheringham.

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society musical director Nathan Waring, director of music at Gresham's Prep School, said the Arts Council grant would enable the society, which this year celebrates its 80th anniversary, to break fresh ground.

'This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we are hugely honoured that Patrick Hawes has chosen to work with us.

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'As a community choir, we intend to involve as many local people as possible in this project,' he added.

Choral society chairman Bob Cumber said: 'This is a fabulous coup, not just for us as a society, but for north Norfolk. It is a tremendous opportunity to put on brand new, world-class music with a community choir and without the backing of the Arts Council, it just wouldn't be possible.'

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society will be giving a performance of Karl Jenkins's Requiem at St Peter's Church on Saturday, March 16 at 7.30pm.

Tickets will cost £10 if bought in advance or £12 on the door. Under 18s can watch for free. Tickets can be bought by ringing Sheringham Little Theatre on 01263 822347.