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.
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.
The Turning Year – 1 July 2017 – St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton
Our season closed with an enthralling evening of musical discoveries that brings together three contrasting works depicting the passing of time. Jonathan Dove’s beguiling cycle The Passing of the Year charted a journey from spring to winter, whilst the delightfully nostalgic The Turning Year by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, a student of Vaughan Williams, began in summer and ends in spring. Selections from Tchaikovsky’s Seasons for piano, beautifully played by Leanne Singh-Levett, completed a richly varied programme.
NEXT CONCERT: Mozart Requiem and Vesperae solennes de confessore – 18 November 2017 – All Saints Church, Kingston
We begin our year with a work shrouded in myth and intrigue: Mozart’s remarkable Requiem. Commissioned by a shadowy stranger in mysterious circumstances, its dark, sombre palette suggests that the superstitious Mozart suspected he had been asked to write his own epitaph; the work was left incomplete on his premature death. In contrast, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers are anything but solemn – expect a riot of effervescent, joyful choral colour!
Soprano: Harriet Eyley
Alto: Ida Ränzlöv
Tenor: Joel Williams
Bass: Timothy Edlin
with Thames Sinfonia
Kingston Choral Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Josephine Baker Trust for the soloists in this concert.