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 to join us.

A Celebration of English Choral Music – 25th June – St Mark’s Church, Surbiton
KCS performed a delicious selection of English music, including 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. Thanks are due to the wonderful Gavin Roberts for his accompaniment on organ and piano, plus his performance of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 and Ralph’s Pavane and Galliard by Howells

NEXT CONCERT: 19th November – All Saints Church, Kingston
Monteverdi et al – Venetian Vespers for the Ascension
The Feast of the Ascension (Fèsta de ła Sènsa) was, and remains, a major public celebration of Venice’s glory. It culminates in the renewal of the ritual marriage between the city and the sea, as a symbolic gold ring is thrown into the lagoon. This mouthwatering ‘fantasy’ Vespers, devised by Andrew Griffiths, brings together music from Monteverdi’s later publications with sumptuous motets – including Giovanni Gabrieli and Giovanni Croce – reflecting both the religious and political pomp of this lavish festival.
Soprano: Helen Ashby, Kate Ashby
Alto: Emma Ashby, Cara Curran
Tenor: Jonathan Hanley, Benedict Hymas
Bass: James Arthur, Jimmy Holliday

With the Monteverdi String Band and the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, with lutenist Eligio Quinteiro
Conductor: Andrew Griffiths

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