Pilgrim Festival Chorus
The Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC) is a volunteer, auditioned singing group dedicated to performing choral music in public and private concerts, to providing music education to its members and audiences, and to encouraging and promoting the performance of great choral music.
Founded in 1999, the PFC currently has 80 members who come from towns all across the South Shore. The first yearly concert is given in the fall, traditionally a series of shorter pieces chosen around a seasonal theme. The chorus may be accompanied on piano or organ, but frequently sings a cappella at the Director’s discretion. By contrast, the spring concert features a major choral work with orchestra and soloists. In addition to these performances, the Pilgrim Festival Singers, representing about half the full chorus, perform lighter fare in June and July at various venues in Plymouth and surrounding towns.
As the chorus has grown in stature and reputation, it has taken on a wide variety of challenging, well-known classics such as Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Handel’s The Messiah, as well as more modern repertoire including Kodaly’s Missa Brevis, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and John Rutter’s Gloria. The PFC has also performed several works by contemporary composers. For example, in observance of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, by Karl Jenkins, was presented, and last spring the haunting and magnificent Annelies, a setting of the Diary of Anne Frank by British composer James Whitbourn, was performed to wide acclaim.
These concerts, as with all the others given over the years, are a tribute to the enduring joy found through sharing great choral music.