Information about our choir:
Founded: 1961
Registered Charity No:1042010
President:Neil Jenkins
Musical Director:Marc Yarrow
Accompanist:Tim Nail
Rehearsal Venue:Methodist Church, Shoreham-by-Sea
Chair:Team Oratorio

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A History of Shoreham Oratorio Choir


Below is a timeline showing important dates in the history of Shoreham Oratorio Choir 


1961 to 1981 


1961 - First Good Friday concert - Sir John Stainer's - Crucifixion.






1964 - Poster still shows 'Augmented church choirs of St. Nicolas and St. Mary

           de Haura. 










1969 - Poster shows 'Shoreham Oratorio Choir'.


1970 - Poster shows 'St. Mary's Oratorio Choir'.


1971 - Summer - Sheila Chaplin leaves for Holy Cross, Uckfield.


1972 - Michael Ades of Keymer, (an East Sussex C.C. Music Adviser) asked           to conduct the 'Oratorio Choir'.

           Michael Ades first concert as Conductor - Mozart Requiem.

           David Bennett (organist) referees England vs France Schoolboy                               International.


1973 - First Christmas Concert performed by S.O.C. - Bach's Christmas Oratorio


1974 - Sunday Half-Hour - BBC Radio Broadcast from St. Mary de Haura.


1975 -


1976 -


1977 - Summer - Farewell concert for Rev. and Mrs. Froggatt


1978 - 


1979 - December - Jasper Rooper / Peter Vincent - Premiere of their composition             'Voices on a Winter's Night.


1980 - January - Jasper Rooper become President of S.O.C.

         - Tony Allen joins S.O.C. for the first time to sing bass solos in the             Mozart Requiem at Good Friday concert.


1981 - May - Gala Evening held at Shoreham College.

         - June - Elmshorn Madrigalchor 1st visit to S.O.C. Shoreham-by-Sea.

      - August - Death of Jasper Rooper.

      - September - S.O.C. 1st visit to Elmshorn, Germany.


Gaps will be filled in as more information becomes available.

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