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 by contemporary composers.
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 the autumn concert KCS was delighted to return to the wonderfully refurbished Kingston Parish Church and to be joined by Thames Sinfonia, soprano Susanna Hurrell and baritone Gareth Brynmor John. A capacity audience enjoyed a performance of English, French and German music in memory of the Great War. The programme consisted of Holst’s Ode to Death, followed by Ravel’s beautiful orchestral suite Le Tombeau de Couperin, both written during the conflict in memory of lost friends, and Brahms’ Nänie, a setting of a funeral text by Schiller that contains some of his most ravishing music. Fauré’s timeless Requiem was a fitting finale to the evening.
Next Concert: The Christmas Truce – with traditional English and German carols
Our Christmas concert of English and German music explores the extraordinary story of the 1914 Christmas truce, and will include readings from soldiers’ letters and carols for everyone to sing.
Andrew Griffiths – Conductor
13 December at St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton