Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society performing premiere of new classical piece by Gresham’s School teacher

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society performing at Norwich Cathedral last year. Picture: PAUL WATSON

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society performing at Norwich Cathedral last year. Picture: PAUL WATSON - Credit: Archant

A new classical music piece by a Gresham's School teacher will be premiered by a community choir.

The Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society will be singing A Lenten Prayer written by the choir's musical director Nathan Waring, head of music at Gresham's Prep School, on Saturday March 28.

It comes just a few months after the society performed the world premiere of Eventide, written by Patrick Hawes in memory of Norfolk First World War heroine Edith Cavell.

The choir performed Eventide alongside the English Chamber Orchestra at Norwich Cathedral in July last year.

A Lenten Prayer will be sung at St Peter's Church in Sheringham with Gresham's organist Lawrence Tao and professional singers Tom Stoddart and Paul Smy.

It is inspired by words about Ash Wednesday.

Society chairman Bob Cumber, 68, from St Nicholas Place, Sheringham, said: 'A Lenten Prayer is a very melodic and beautiful piece of music.'

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He added: 'Eventide had a tremendous impact on the choir. There was a huge amount of enthusiasm for it and we drew in new members.'

Mr Cumber said the cathedral concert was 'once in a lifetime opportunity' to be able to sing with one of the world's leading orchestras.

After the concert, membership rose from around 80 to just over 100.

The society was formed in 1933 and its members come from Sheringham, Cromer and the surrounding villages.

Mr Cumber said anyone could join and the society did not hold auditions.

He added: 'We do a variety of music which we hope appeals to a variety of tastes. It is great fun being part of a group. You have the community aspect and it is also challenging.'

Mr Cumber said there was a surge in popularity of taking part and listening to choirs because of television programmes lead by Gareth Malone and acts including Blake.

He added north Norfolk was full of innovative and creative music.

The choral group sings classical songs from Mozart to modern day creations and practises every Monday at Sheringham High School from 7.30pm-9pm (during term time).

The Sheringham church concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £12 in advance or £15 on the door. Call 01263 822347 or visit

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