Warriner Choral Society was formed in September 1972, at the Warriner School, Bloxham, drawing together pupils from the school, teachers and parents to sing the great choral works. The choir's first concert was Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Over the 40 years of its' history the society has had just eight Musical Directors.
1972 - 1977 David Spencer
1977 - 1989 David Lock
1990 - 1991 Diana Pogson
1992 - 1993 Ian Biggs
1993 - 1997 Adam Murdin
1997 - 1999 Gordon Wood
1999 - 2004 Matthew Smallwood
2004 - present Martin Quinn
As the musical reputation of the choir grew, links with the Warriner School decreased, although rehearsals are still held in the school's lecture theatre on Tuesday evenings. The society plays an active part in the life of Bloxham and Deddington villages, most of its concerts being performed in St. Mary's Church, Bloxham or The Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Deddington.
It has acquired a reputation for producing high quality performances, supported by professional musical director, accompanist, orchestra and soloists. In recent years, under the leadership of Martin Quinn, the society has been fortunate to have used soloists from The Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Scottish Opera, along with rising international Opera and Concert singers.
A full list of all concerts can be found on our concert history page.
Many of the best-loved choral works have been sung by Warriner Choral Society, ranging from the Requiems of Fauré, Mozart and Duruflé to Vivaldi's Gloria, Haydn's Nelson Mass and, of course, Handel's Messiah. Under Martin Quinn's baton members have widened their musical repertoire still further, performing popular opera choruses and a concert performance of Carmen in 2011.
The choir has often joined other singers in the area for special events: in 2000 they performed Handel's Zadok the Priest, Parry's I Was Glad and the finale of Beethoven's Choral Symphony in a Millennium Concert at St Mary's church in Banbury. Subsequently they led a "Messiah for Hospices" concert at the same venue. This year we combined with Banbury Choral Society to celebrate our 40th Birthday!time the choir has rehearsed and performed in spite of a fuel crisis, an overloaded electrical system, unscheduled Bonfire Night percussion and to the accompaniment of a Fairground
We meet every Tuesday evening at Wariner School to rehearse from 7.45 - 9.30 - Visit our Contact page for more details.
We welcome all enthusiastic singers, especially tenors and basses, so do please join us!