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The Society for Music in Clare Church

The idea of regular concerts in our Church was born five years ago and resulted in SMICC - the 'Society for Music in Clare Church', a group of church and non-church members working to bring the people to the church and the church to the people. It was also seen as an opportunity to raise funds for ongoing church renovations. 


Many of the performers are professional or semi-professional instrumentalists and singers whilst others are prestigious choirs. Thus the programme for 2013 (set out below) consists of music by a professional brass ensemble, an internationally renowned singing and instrumental group, a string quartet that has won a BBC chamber music award, and a piano recital by a professional concert pianist.

Concerts for 2013

Saturday 9th March. Fauré Requiem
. Tom Appleton will conduct a ‘scratch choir’ in this work and other short choral compositions. If you sing, or have sung in a choir, and would like to attend the workshop that day and take part in the performance that evening, please contact Pamela Garlick, 10 Snow Hill, Clare. CO10 8QF. Tom is a young conductor with a growing international reputation who sings with the Monteverdi Choir (with whom he has performed a solo at a BBC Prom.), has conducted the English Chamber Orchestra, and conducts many well-known choirs.

Saturday 11th May. The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra. These seven musicians will play a selection of light classical music

Saturday 13th July. The Nonsuch Singers. They have been called ‘one of London’s best chamber choirs’, and will sing sacred and secular music.

Saturday 14th September. The Danté Quartet. This inter-nationally known string quartet will perform quartets from the classical repertoire.

Saturday 7th December. The Choir of Clare College Cambridge. The choir, renowned throughout the world, will perform a programme of Christmas music.

All concerts are held at 7.30 pm in Clare Town Church and include a complimentary glass of wine or a soft drink.

Tickets can be obtained from:

Clare Pharmacy, Well Lane, Clare, CO10 8NH

Geoffrey Bray, 22 Nethergate Street, Clare, CO10 8NP (
Tel: 01787 277731

Tony Taylor, 13 Hermitage Meadow, Clare, CO10 8QQ (
Tel: 01787 277421

Harris & Harris Books, 7 High Street, Clare. CO10 8NY

For more information or suggestions please contact Geoffrey Bray by email, letter or telephone as set out above.