Royston Choral Society was founded in 1974 to perform The Messiah. Our current membership is around 70 and new singers are always welcome. Members come from Royston and surrounding villages. There is no audition and no requirement to read music, though the ability to listen and sing the same note as the rest of your section is important.We aim to be accessible, friendly and informal, but we do take seriously our desire to perform to the best of our ability and, in order to do that, we have introduced some guidelines for our members. We don’t call them rules, because we don’t want to be prescriptive, but these practices will support us in being the very best choir we can be. To see our full 'working practices document' click here
RCS rehearses on Tuesday evenings 7.45- 9.45 in Royston Parish Church and performs around four times a year in Royston and surrounding villages. New singers are welcome to join RCS by coming along to an open rehearsal.
In 2015-16, our first season with Andrew O’Brien as Musical Director, concerts included Brahms’ ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’, Stainer’s ‘Crucifixion’ and Purcell’s ‘Dido and Æneas’.
In 2016-17 we performed 'Messiah', Rutter's 'Requiem', Finzi's 'Lo the Full Final Sacrifice' as well as a lighter summer concert which included 'Northumbrian Folksong Suite' by our founding conductor Richard Prince.
2017-18 saw us perform Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio' as well as Faure's 'Requiem' and motets by Bruckner and Durufle. Our summer concert included Vaughan Williams' 'Serenade to Music' and Rutter's 'A Sprig of Thyme' as well as spirituals arranged by Ken Burton.
In 2018-19 we in collaboration with Haileybury College we performed Britten's 'War Requiem'. In the spring we undertook Bach's 'St John Passion' and followed it in the summer with a concert which included Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer and Morten Lauridsen's Nocturnes.
During 2019-20 we are excited to be performing, amongst other things, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius (again in collaboration with Haileybury College) and Bach's B minor mass.
The picture above is from the performance of Bach's St John Passion in April 2019.
Membership fees are modest. There is a small charge for refreshments and a popular optional, 100 Club. Members often meet for a drink after choir and get together for a meal or other social event a couple of times a year.