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Choral Society

Wellingborough & Kettering News, October 23rd, 1880, transcribed by Kay Collins

CHORAL SOCIETY—At a meeting recently held in the Temperance Hall, it was decided to organise a Choral Society in Rushden. About 60 amateur musicians have given in their names as members. At a subsequent meeting the following officers were chosen: conductor, Mr. W. Skinner; treasurer Miss B. Wilby; secretary, Mr. B. Vorley; committee, Messrs. Wilkins, J. Farey, T. Ellis, J. Mackness, W. Sargent, W. Elliott, and Miss M. A. Harris, with Mr. C. Fisher, (harmonium,) and the Misses Seal and Self pianists.

Wellingborough News, 4th October 1884, transcribed by Kay Collins

The annual general meeting of the above society was held at the Coffee Tavern on Wednesday evening last, when about thirty members were present. Mr. B. Vorley occupied the chair. The statement of accounts of last year's season, viz., from October to March, was submitted to the meeting by the treasurer (Mr. J. Farey), and showed a total receipt of £35 3s. 10d., as against an expenditure of £33 12s. 1d., leaving a balance in hand of £1 11s. 9d. The society comprises 25 honorary members, and sixty ordinary members, and a considerable number of new members were proposed upon the present occasion, after which the ordinary routine of business was proceeded with. Messrs. C. W. Barker and H. Knight were elected secretaries for the ensuing season; J. Farey, treasurer; W. Skinner, conductor; W. Wood, auditor; Mr. G. Farey, harmonium; and the Misses K. Packwood, E. Coulson, E. Denton, and Messrs. B. Vorley, C. M. Fisher, T. Ellis, and J. Mackness, committee. It was subsequently resolved that the best thanks of the meeting be forwarded by the secretary to Mr. C. Fisher for his able services as accompanist at several concerts during the past season. It was also decided that Judas Maccabceus should be the piece chosen for practice. Other minor matters not of public interest were also discussed and decided.

The Argus, 11th April 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins
CHORAL SOCIETY—The second concert of the season will be given by the above society on Tuesday, the 22nd inst. Part 1 will consist of selection from St. Paul, and Part 2 of miscellaneous selections.

Rushden Argus, March 29th1918, transcribed by Susan Manton

The Appointments - Miss Rose Peck

Perhaps the most interesting appointment of the evening was that of Miss Rose Peck as accompanist. The young lady is not yet 18 years of age, and to be elected to accompany the town’s choral Society is very great honour for one so young. Miss Peck has been organist at the Rushden Park Road Wesleyan Church for several years, and although she has not been brought into the limelight to any great extent before, she has been known, as a very promising player.

Mr. J. E. Smith’s appointment was not unexpected, for he is a thorough musician and a most able conductor, having devoted many years to the study of music. As organist and choirmaster at the Rushden Parish church, he has been responsible for the efficient presentation of much good music, and only recently enhanced his reputation by his perfect handling of the united choirs. Mr. Tomkins (deputy conductor) is a popular tenor soloist and has also some experience in conducting. Mrs. Denton (assistant accompanist) is a tasteful player of much experience.

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