Spring songs in Trowbridge will cover five centuries’ music

Wiltshire Times: Altos to the fore as the ‘Phil’ rehearse Altos to the fore as the ‘Phil’ rehearse

Trowbridge Philharmonic Choral Society – now in its 108th year – is preparing for its spring concert.

The choir’s predecessor was formed in 1877 when Henry Millington conducted an amalgamated choir of the then Trowbridge Philharmonic Society and the Trowbridge Musical Union. A keen musician, Millington was organist at the Parish Church of St James for 43 years and bandmaster of the Rifle Volunteers. A love of music obviously ran in his family as, in 1904, Henry’s son Harry Cogswell Millington formed a male voice choir, the Avon Vale Glee Society.

For its spring concert the choir will sing in The United Church, Trowbridge on Saturday, May 10, under musical director Rob Danter, and perform items from Five Centuries of Choral Music starting with Thomas Tallis and ending with modern composers such as John Rutter and Philip Stopford: an opportunity to experience the evolution of music over this period of time. Tickets £10, children free, available from Trowbridge Information Centre on 01225 765072, 01225 761364, at the door or from trowbridgechoral.org.uk

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