One of Surrey’s leading choirs, focussing on high-quality classical concerts.
Kingston Choral Society is a 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. Our concerts cover a wide range of music from the 17th century through to the present day, including new works.
We have about 130 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.
For its return to Cadogan Hall, Kingston Choral Society was joined by Londinium, the Thames Sinfonia and a superb quartet of soloists to scale one of the greatest of all choral summits. Verdi’s searingly dramatic Requiem. From the thrillingly ferocious Dies Irae to the touching simplicity of the Agnus Dei, this was an unforgettable occasion and the audience were enthusiastic in their applause!
Some of KCS joined our Canadian namesake choir from Kingston, Ontario, in our own Kingston Parish Church on 10 July for ‘Till the Boys Come Home’. This was a moving tribute to the Canadian troops who served in World War I, with songs of the period. We were joined by Colonel Geoffrey Godbold OBE TD DL, The Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and Brigadier General Matthew Overton OMM CD, Defence Advisor at Canadian High Commission, London.
NEXT CONCERT: Haydn Harmoniemesse and Beethoven Mass in C – 28 November 2015 – Kingston Parish Church
For the first concert in its 2015-16 season, KCS contrasts two beautiful masses commissioned by the same patron, Prince Nikolaus of Esterházy. Freshness and originality abound in these delightful works, full of melodic invention and orchestral colour.
Anita Watson: Soprano
Katie Bray: Mezzo-soprano
Nick Pritchard: Tenor
Ashley Riches: Bass
and Thames Sinfonia