The Wolds Choir

The Wolds Choir is a group of singers from Wymeswold and the surrounding villages of Burton on the Wolds, Hoton, Prestwold and Willoughby. The choir is around 24 strong, and performs two or three concerts per year.

The choir has built up a good reputation in the local area for the quality of its singing. There is no pre-requisite knowledge of music required, apart from a basic understanding of notation and the ability to sing in tune. All pieces are taught to the choir at practice nights, which are on Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 9pm at the Methodist Church in Wymeswold. New members are welcome if they can commit to regular attendance. Fees are £10 per term.

Musical Director: Richard Thomas 01509 881750

Rehearsals will start on Wednesday 21st September. As well as a modern Christmas Cantata I have picked a selection of more traditional carols. Page numbers are from White "100 Carols for Choirs".  (Highlighted pieces below will link through to the individual part practice files when you click on the name of the Carol.)

  • That Glorious Night - A Christmas Cantata by John W Peterson

plus a selection from:


Concert and Carol Service Dates for 2016 are:

  • Prestwold Carol Service, St. Andrew's:   Sun 18th Dec, 6pm.
  • Carol Concert, Wymeswold Methodist Church:  TBA, 7:30pm
  • Wymeswold Carol Service, St. Mary's:  TBA


Richard Thomas

The Wolds Choir and The Willoughby Choir at the Performance of Vivaldi's Gloria in St. Andrew's Church, Prestwold


For reference, this is a list of pieces that we have sung over the past years.

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (with Willoughby Choir)
  • Rutter - Cradle Song p178
  • Walford Davies - O Little Town p382
  • Pettman - I saw a Maiden p137
  • Rutter - Star Carol p293
  • Vaughan Williams - Gloucestershire Wassail - Green CfC p160
  • Jacques - A Gallery Carol - Green CfC p102
  • Trad Yorkshire Tune - While Shepherds Watched
  • Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind - Score
  • Stopford - Lully, Lulla, Lullay - Score
  • Thomas - Angels from the Realms of Glory - Score
  • Rutter – Gaelic Blessing  
  • Dingle – The Ash Grove
  • Rutter - Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind
  • Foster – Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair
  • Sullivan – The Long Day Closes

We prepared a lighter programme and sang a Concert in May 2015 to a full  Willoughby Chuch with the Willoughby Choir.

  • Dream a Little Dream -Schwandt/Andre
  • Autumn Leaves - Arr Simmonds
  • Anything Goes - Porter
  • I Dream of Jeannie - Foster
  • I Say a Little Prayer - David / Bacharach
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Trad.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber Selection

Our Annual Christmas Concert was in the Chapel this year.

  • People Look East - Ferguson
  • King Jesus Hath a Garden - Wood
  • Christmas Night - Rutter
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Bogoroditsye Dyevo - Part
  • Bethlehem Down - Warlock
  • Snow in the Street - Vaughn Williams
  • God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
  • A Tender Shoot - Goldschmidt
  • In Dulci Jubilo - de Pearsall


We sung two performances of Stainer's Crucifixion along with the Willoughby Choir, along with the Cantique de Jean Racine and a piece from The Armed Man.

  • Stainer - The Crucifixion
  • Faure - Cantique doe Jean Racine
  • Jackson - The Armed Man - Praise the Lord


We shared the platform with Charnwood Concert Band on Saturday 7th December, 7pm to perform our Annual Christmas Concert.

  • The Linden Tree Carol - Jacques
  • Child in the Manger - Rutter
  • All My Hear This Night Rejoices - Ebeling
  • Coventry Carol - Shaw
  • Shepherds' Farewell - Berlioz
  • Gaudete - Trad
  • Sleep, Holy Babe - Dykes
  • Candlelight Carol - Rutter
  • Here we come a-Wassailing - Rutter

Carol Service Dates:  Sun 15th Dec 6pm (Prestwold), Thursday 19th Dec 7pm (Wymeswold Chapel)

We shared a platform with The Willoughby Choir for two concerts on 22nd and 24th March 2013. Also included were

  • Love Divine – Howard Goodall
  • With Drooping Wings – Purcell
  • Sally Gardens – Trad. arr. Gerlitz
  • The Crown of Roses - Tchaikovsky
  • The Long Day Closes - Sullivan

We shared the platform with Charnwood Concert Band on Saturday 15th December, 7:30pm to perform our Annual Christmas Concert, including the  following pieces:

  • Make We Joy Now - Walton
  • In The Bleak Mid-Winter - Darke
  • The First Nowell
  • A Virgin Most Pure - Wood
  • Shepherds Pipe Carol - Rutter (p86)
  • Torches! - Joubert
  • Zither Carol - Sargent
  • Silent Night
  • Nativity Carol - Rutter
  • There is a Flower - Rutter p333

Carol Service Dates were: Sun 16th Dec 6pm (Prestwold), Thursday 20th Dec 7pm (Wymeswold)

We shared a platform with Charnwood Concert Band on Friday 27th April to perform a Concert to raise money for an African School, and sang a selection of the following:

  • Novello Choral Anthology
  • Rogers and Hammerstein on Broadway
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert
  • Other songs in our repertoire

We also supported a Concert for Save The Children in Rempstone on Saturday 19th May with a selection from the above.

  • The Ash Grove - Trad arr. Dingle
  • Autumn Leaves - Mercer / Kosma
  • Anything Goes - Cole Porter
  • Nowhere Man - Lennon & McCartney arr. Thomas
  • You are the New Day - Peter Knight
  • Seasons of Love - from "Rent" by Jonathan Larson


  • Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo - with the Choir and Class 3 of Wymeswold C of E Primary School
  • Now is the Month of Maying - Morley
  • The Ash Grove - Trad arr. Dingle
  • Sally Gardens - Trad arr. Gerlitz - new
  • Love walked Right In - Gershwin - new
  • Afton Water - Trad. Arr Willcocks
  • The Lass with the Delicate Air - Trad. Arr Dingle - new

We performed the following programme with the Willoughby Choir and the Pierrepont Singers on Tue 7th and Wed 8th April 2009.

  • Cantique de Jean Racine - Fauré
  • All in the April Evening - Roberton
  • Ave Verum - Mozart
  • The Lark in the Clear Air - Cashmore
  • Gaelic Blessing - Rutter
  • (Laudate Dominum – Mozart)
  • The Long Day Closes – Sullivan
  • God so loved the world – Stainer
  • (Blessed be the God and Father - Wesley)
  • Requiem - Fauré


Musical Director: Richard Thomas 01509 881750