Dorchester Choral Society has been twinned with Andreaskirche Lübbecke, Germany and L’Orphéon Choir, Bayeux since 1975 and 1992 respectively.
There have been many formative exchanges and the choirs have sung together in pairs alternately in Bayeux Cathedral, Andreaskirch Lübbecke and St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester.
In 2013, all three choirs joined together to sing Brahms German Requiem in Lübbecke and in 2014 all three choirs joined together to commemorate the start of the First World War in Dorchester and Lübbecke to sing A Child of our Time by Sir Michael Tippett. We are planning a further joint concert in 2016 which will include the worldwide premier of a new composition by Stephen McNeff.
Dorchester Choral Society is also proud of its outreach work, where we take free concerts to outlying rural villages to find audiences who might otherwise not be able to attend a live concert. These are very popular and well attended.
We also take carol concerts to outlying churches and to the local Hospice, General Hospital, and formerly to HM Prison Dorchester. These works are supported by the District Council and the Town Council.
In April 2014, Dorchester Choral Society joined five other choirs in the Dorset Guild, totalling 280 singers, to sing Elijah by Mendelssohn under the leadership of Simon Lole and with Dorset County Orchestra.
In October 2015, members of the choir were given the opportunity to join the Two Moors Festival Chorus to take part in the opera "Tarka" by Stephen McNeff in Exeter Cathedral. Some 20 choir members dressed as the hunters joined the festival chorus, under the leadership of Colin Howard for 2 outstanding performances which included soloists, dancers, 30 dancing and singing children, and a wonderful orchestra under the baton of Nicholas Cleobury. Four stars were awarded in the Times Art Section and it was a truly memorable experience for us all.