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 by contemporary composers.
We have about 130 singers and welcome new members. Please browse through the site to find out more about us. We normally rehearse in Hollyfield School, Surbiton, on Thursday evenings.
The March concert was a complete sell-out! The church was packed to hear a the little performed Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. KCS was joined by six fabulous soloists and the outstanding musicians of the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and Purcell Orchestra. The conductor Andrew Griffiths demonstrated his many talents by performing with the soloists at one point, in addition to conducting the piece. The concert was a vivacious and exciting performance that was received with enthusiastic applause!
Next Concert: Stuff and Nonsense!
including Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer and Richard Rodney Bennett’s Nonsense on 28 June at St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton
KCS brings together vividly contrasted works written for chorus and piano duet. Brahms’ gloriously melodious Liebeslieder waltzes, inspired by the music of Schubert, are full of freshness and charm. Rather less well-known is Richard Rodney Bennett’s Nonsense, a delicious and often hilarious setting of nonsense verse by Mervyn Peake, which includes such gems as ‘Of Pygmies, Palms and Pirates’, ‘Lean Sideways on the Wind’, and the grim parable ‘The Dwarf of Battersea’.
Piano: Leanne Singh-Levett and Gavin Roberts