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About Farnham & Bourne Choral Society

President : TBC

Vice Presidents : Dr Eric Dorling and Mrs Brenda Stokes

Musical Director : Calum Fraser

Since 1925 the Farnham & Bourne Choral Society has been bringing choral music to Farnham.  The choir was originally an offshoot of the Farnham & Bourne Music Club that was formed in 1922 to provide opportunities to see and hear professional musicians perform.

The choir performs the major choral repertoire and normally has three concerts a year at Farnham Maltings and St.Thomas-on-the-Bourne Church, Farnham.

The choir membership is usually over 100.  We meet to rehearse every Wednesday evening (during school term time) between September and May at South Farnham School  (Rehearsal Dates and Location>>).  We do not audition new members; all you need is enthusiasm, although we do hope you can sing!   Basic understanding of music is a benefit, although not essential.  We are very keen to encourage new members to learn the delights of collective singing for two hours a week.

New Musical Director 2016

Farnham & Bourne Choral Society is pleased to announce the appointment of the young and versatile Calum Fraser as its new Musical Director. He succeeds Robin Wells, who sadly passed away last year after an astonishing 47 years conducting the choir.

Calum is a versatile conductor who specialises in operatic and choral repertoire. He studied at the University of Manchester and with Simon Halsey, Adrian Partington and Sarah Tenant-Flowers. Calum is the founding Artistic Director of Magnetic Opera, with whom he recently conducted The Barber of Seville and Maria Stuarda.

Calum is also the Musical Director of Winterbourne Opera, with whom he has performed The Elixir of Love and Faust. From 2011 to 2013, he was Musical Director of Opera'r Ddraig, where productions included Acis and Galatea, Così fan tutte, Dido and Aeneas and Orpheus in the Underworld.

In addition to his role with Farnham and Bourne Choral Society, Calum is a founding Musical Director of Scottish professional chamber choir Caledonian Voices and is Director of Choirs at the University of Nottingham. Previously, he has worked with St George’s Singers, The Cheshire Consort, Ad Solem and The Martin Harris Singers. Calum has appeared in masterclasses with leading conductors, including Richard Bonynge, Robert Dean and Eric Whitacre. Upcoming performances include Strauss Die Fledermaus and Puccini La Bohème.

Musical Director
Calum Fraser

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