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.
Coronavirus Update – Spring 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has caused us to cancel all of our concerts since March last year.
We have, however, continued to meet on line and in person, when the regulations have allowed, over this difficult time, and our community spirit remains strong. We are particularly grateful to our Musical Director Andrew Griffiths and his wife Jenny for their recordings of the music we rehearse, to our accompanist, Leanne Singh-Levett, as well as to choir member Ray Elmitt for his technical input, which has enabled us to connect virtually so effectively over all this period.
We are working hard to keep the unique spirit of KCS alive and share our love of music as the Government Road Map begins to reduce restrictions on meeting in person, and we warmly welcome new members. We very much hope to have the opportunity in June to celebrate the return of live community music together, along with our friends in the area, and we are planning a programme for that.
In the meantime, we are keeping members connected and in practice via weekly Zoom rehearsals, led by our Musical Director. These include contextual and historical learning about the music we are singing, and a chance to socialise and chat with other members. Ray also provides members with a lively weekly newsletter full of musical news, rehearsal aids and situation updates.
Summer Concert – 26th June – All Saints Church, Kingston
We were sadly unable to sing for our concert due to the current Covid guidance. However, a socially-distanced audience of 60 choir members enjoyed a splendid short musical evening organised by our Musical Director Andrew Griffiths. Members of Stile Antico (Rebecca Hickey – soprano, Cara Curran – alto, Andrew Griffiths – tenor and James Arthur – bass) treated us to some madrigals, which were followed excerpts from Grieg’s Lyric Pieces played by our very talented accompanist Leanne Singh-Levett. Finally, the tenor Peter Harris sang Schumann’s Dichterliebe for us, accompanied by Leanne Singh-Levett.
Carol Singing Outside All Saints Kingston for the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice – 19 December 2020
In this unprecedented year, concerts and carol singing had to be done differently. All Saints Kingston invited us to do carol singing on the lawn outside the church. We decided to collect for the Shooting Star Hospice again in memory of Richard Clift, a long-standing member of the choir who died in December, as he previously organised the carol singing events. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to sing together, albeit in a socially distanced manner, and are pleased to report that we collected over £300 for this excellent cause.