About Us

The members of the Choir are keen amateur singers from Great Missenden and the surrounding area. The Music Director is John Cotterill and the rehearsal accompanist Michael McMillan. The Choir is accompanied in most concerts by the St John’s Chamber Orchestra.

rehearsal

Our concert programmes are varied; in recent years they have included:

The Society’s Music Director John Cotterill has introduced a strategy of occasional concerts requiring few soloists and smaller orchestras, to enable the performance on other occasions of standard and contemporary works requiring greater resources. This wide-ranging repertoire is much appreciated by the Choir and audiences alike. John has also built connections with the Josephine Baker Trust (of which he is a Trustee), and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, both of which give financial support to young professional soloists. As a result many such soloists have been employed by the Society for concerts in recent years, to much acclaim. The Society is affiliated to the National Federation of Music Societies (now known as Making Music).

Occasionally we combine with another choir to put on a work requiring greater forces; for example, in April 2011 we joined with Buckingham Choral Society to put on two performances of Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’, the first in Stowe School and the second in the Parish Church in Amersham. The Choir has also joined other choirs in the annual Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall. Also at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2000, John Cotterill brought together and conducted under the title ‘New Century Chorus’ various choirs with whom he had been associated, including GMCS, for a special performance of Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ to mark the centenary of that great work. Click here for more information about the history of GMCS.

The Crowning of the YearMusic from the Masters  
In 2013, we performed “The Crowning of the Year” and “Music from the Masters“. Click on the posters to see the programmes from those concerts.