History

Britannia Choral Society was founded in 1946 by Gerald King, Director of Music at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. The choir originally consisted of cadets and staff of the College supplemented by a few local civilians.

The collaboration between town and college continued well into the 1980s, when changes within the college resulted in the choir becoming a self-supporting, independent society.

Under successive directors, the choir has sought to maintain the established traditions of first-class programmes and performances.

Recent Concerts

December 2015
'Peace at Christmas'
The Armed Man (choral suite)  Jenkins
Fantasia on Christmas Carols  Vaughan Williams
A Spotless Rose   Howells
+ other Christmas works

March 2015
‘Let’s Celebrate’ (a joint concert with Dartmouth Orchestra)
‘Coronation’ Mass Mozart
other works including
Zadok the Priest Handel arr Hindley

December 2014
Choruses from The Creation  Haydn
Christmas Day  Holst
O Thou the Central Orb   Wood
+ Advent and Christmas carols

April 2014
Requiem  Fauré
Missa Brevis: Sancti Joannis de Deo  Haydn
 
December 2013
A Ceremony of Carols   Britten
Choruses from Messiah   Handel
+ Christmas carols

March 2013
Requiem    Mozart 
 
December 2012
Hymn of Praise   Mendelssohn
+ Christmas carols, including
This Endris Night  Welch
The Stone House Carol  Bond

March 2012
'Nelson' Mass    Haydn
God So Loved the World    Stainer

December 2011
Gloria    Vivaldi
Hallelujah Chorus    Handel
+ Christmas carols

May 2011
'Sacred and Profane'
A programme of religious and secular choral music
with works by Brahms, Seiber, Fauré and Bruckner

March 2011
Mass in C    Beethoven
Insanae et vanae curae    Haydn

December 2010
A Ceremony of Carols    Britten
+ other Christmas works

March 2010
Messiah Pts 1 and 2    Handel
Cantata 106   Bach

December 2009
Children's Mass    Rutter
Messe de Minuit    Charpentier

May 2009
The Mayflower Pilgirms    Clive Jenkins

March 2009
The Creation    Haydn

December 2008
Organ Mass    Haydn
+ Christmas carols

May 2008
Acis and Galatea    Handel

December 2007
Messiah Pt 1    Handel
+ Christmas carols

March 2007
Stabat Mater    Dvorak

December 2006
Magnificat    Rutter
+ Christmas carols