Welcome to the Kingston Choral Society website

Musical Director: Andrew Griffiths

One of Surrey’s leading choirs, focussing on high-quality classical concerts. Kingston Choral Society is a vibrant, friendly mixed-voice choir based in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. We give four concerts a year, mostly in Kingston and Surbiton, but also in Cadogan Hall, Chelsea, performing with professional orchestras and soloists of the highest calibre. Our concerts cover a wide range of music from the 17th century through to the present day, including new works.

We have about 100 singers and welcome new members. Please browse through the site to find out more about us. We normally rehearse in The Hollyfield School, Surbiton, on Thursday evenings.

Spring Concert – 19th March – All Saints Church, Kingston
To celebrate the 150th birthday of Ralph Vaughan Williams, KCS performed his thrilling early masterpiece Toward the Unknown Region, alongside his beloved orchestral Fantasia on Greensleeves. George Dyson’s stirring Agincourt, a superbly colourful setting of words from Henry V, continued the mediaeval theme. Our programme was completed by John Rutter’s tender, consoling Requiem. Thanks are due to our wonderful soprano soloist Rhiannon Llewellyn and fantastic orchestra Thames Sinfonia

NEXT CONCERT: 25th June – St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton
For its summer concert, KCS offers a delicious selection of English music. We perform superb anthems by Elgar, Wood, Balfour Gardiner and Jonathan Dove alongside Parry’s I was glad (chosen in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee) before moving into the secular realm with Cecilia McDowall’s exuberant A Fancy of Folksongs and the delightful cycle And since to look at things in bloom, a 2013 commission by KCS from our former Musical Director Graham Ross. This cycle of five songs celebrates the beauties of nature, setting words by Wilbye, Ben Jonson, Tennyson, Constable and AE Housman.

Balfour Gardiner: Te Lucis
Elgar: The Spirit of Lord
Wood: O Thou the Central Orb
Dove: Seek him
Parry: I was Glad
Graham Ross: And since to look at things in bloom
McDowall: A Fancy of Folksongs

Conductor: Andrew Griffiths
Piano and organ: Gavin Roberts

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COVID-19
We want to ensure the safety of our audience members and performers. If you are considering attending our event, please stay away if you have Covid-19 symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose or a temperature, or if you have come into recent close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. We encourage audience members to protect themselves and each other by wearing face coverings.

Kingston Choral Society are grateful for the financial support from the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust