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 – Autumn 2020
We have sadly had to cancel our concerts since March because of coronavirus.
We however marked Christmas in true KCS spirit with a virtual musical event for choir members, including recorded pieces from soloists Dafydd Allen (bass), Matthew Keighley (tenor) and Stephanie Hershaw (soprano), our accompanist Leanne Singh-Levett – and a surprise appearance from baritone Roderick Williams! Many thanks are due to our musical director Andrew Griffiths for his (and his wife’s!) recordings of the music we rehearsed and for exchanging recordings with the soloists, and to choir member Ray Elmitt for his technical input, which has allowed us to connect virtually over all this period.
We are working hard to keep the unique spirit of KCS alive and share our love of music throughout this difficult period and we welcome new members. We are keeping our members connected and in practice via weekly Zoom rehearsals, led by our Music Director, including a chance to socialise and chat with other members, and a lively weekly newsletter full of musical news, rehearsal aids and situation updates.
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.