A Wantage choir will perform two French requiems under the direction of their newly appointed conductor at their next performance.

The Wantage Choral Society concert will feature requiems by composers Fauré and Duruflé, both of which embody "a happy deliverance and a reaching out for eternal happiness rather than a mournful passing away".

Conductor Hannah Towndrow, a 25-year-old graduate of Hertford College, Oxford with a masters from the Royal Academy of Music, was recently named director of music at Herford College and will lead the choral society, alongside the orchestra, organ, and two soloists - Sofia Kirwan Baez, soprano, and Jack Redman, bass.

Oxford Mail: Conductor Hannah Towndrow and the choirs soloistsConductor Hannah Towndrow and the choirs soloists (Image: Wantage Choral Society)

The performance is set to take place at 7.30 pm on March 16 at Wantage Parish Church.

Wantage Choral Society is a non-audition choir composed of nearly 50 singers from Wantage and the surrounding area.

It offers three concerts each year, which in previous years have included the likes of Bach, Elgar, Verdi, Brahms and various other composers.

The summer concerts focus on show tunes, movie themes, and opera.

The choir, currently recruiting new members, particularly sopranos and altos, rehearses every Tuesday during term time from 7.30 to 9.30 at The Wantage Church of England Primary School.

Tickets for the concert are available through the society’s website, at the Wantage Bookshop, from choir members, and at the door.