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 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.

A Night at the Opera – 30 June 2018 – St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton
There was a full house for KCS’ splendid ‘A Night at the Opera’ with two of today’s fastest-rising stars: Australian soprano Lauren Fagan and British tenor David Butt Philip. Leanne Singh-Levett provided superb piano accompaniment and conductor Andrew Griffiths joined her for a wonderful Wagner duet, before running back to the podium to conduct the chorus! The magnificent soloists entertained us with ravishing arias and duets by Wagner, Mozart, Dvořák and Puccini, including, of course, the wonderful Nessun Dorma. A highlight was Verdi’s Anvil Chorus, which was accompanied by sophisticated percussion implements, namely a garden spade, a chisel, a cobbler’s anvil and a Le Creuset dish!

NEXT CONCERT: Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem – 17 November 2018 – All Saints Church, Kingston

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Stanford: Elegiac Ode

Brahms’ A German Requiem is a highly personal work: a humanist Requiem, focused not on judgment of the dead but on solace for those left behind, full of tenderness, comfort, and music of the most transcendent beauty. It is paired with the rarely-performed Elegiac Ode by Stanford, a highly attractive work by one of Brahms’ most ardent disciples. Our soloists are amongst the finest young singers working in Britain today.

Soloists:
Soprano: Anita Watson
Baritone: Dominic Sedgwick
with Thames Sinfonia
Conductor: Andrew Griffiths