Introducing Royston Choral Society

  • Posted on: 3 October 2016
  • By: admin

Royston Choral Society (RCS) is a friendly, unauditioned choir of around 70 singers from a wide range of backgrounds and singing abilities united by enjoying singing together to produce memorable concerts.

Follow this link to see details of our next concert.

Some recordings from recent concerts can be seen on this link

Our most recent concert was performance of Bach's St John Passion in Ashwell Parish Church in April 2019. Performed in the original German, the soloists included Daniel Joy as the Evangelist and Lukas Kargl as Jesus.

We usually hold our Christmas concert in Royston Parish Church. In 2018, because of the dreadful fire that had taken place there, this picture shows us performing at the Meridian school instead:

In November 2018 we participated in a performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. Held at Haileybury College, it was in collaboration with the college choirs and Hertfordshire Philharmonia. Here is a photo of the performers:

Coming up we will be performing as follows:

Saturday 29th June Songs of Love

A concert in Barkway Parish Church to include:
Brahms - Libeslieder Walzer
Lauridsen - Nocturnes
Alexander L'Estrange - Love's Philosophy
Schubert - Fantasia in F min for Four Hands.

RCS rehearses on Tuesday evenings 7.45- 9.45 in Royston Methodist 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.

For more details about the society please contact the chair - Huw Jenkins -

Singing Notes - Sue Pegram

  • Posted on: 26 May 2019
  • By: huw

Sue Pegram, our alto part rep, answers questions about her love of music.

What is your earliest memory of music in your life?

My first music memory is my father singing nursery rhymes to us as children (and later on, music hall songs and Gilbert & Sullivan!) He was always singing, and he was still singing at his nursing home until just before he died aged 89. 

What was your first 'public performance'?

My love affair with singing - Chris Lee

  • Posted on: 16 April 2019
  • By: huw

I’d love to be able to say that my Mum and Dad met through singing in a choir together. The latter is true - they both sang with the Liverpool Welsh Choral Union (where my Mum would apparently swoon over principal conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent) but they knew each other before that.

A lasting memory is of my Mum’s enthusiasm for Wednesday nights when us kids were put to bed by my Dad and she went off to choir rehearsal. ‘Me time’ was how she described it and she always said that having one night a week to sing in the choir saved her sanity as a mother with four children!

You the audience

  • Posted on: 16 April 2019
  • By: huw

We are trying to find out as much as we can about our audiences – to target our publicity and attract more concert-goers! Before our concert in Ashwell on 6th April, we distributed survey cards with very four simple questions. Despite someone saying “oh no, not another feedback request – I’m overwhelmed by them!” we had a fantastic 48 responses (of an estimated audience of 140). This is what we learned…

Andrew O'Brien's Desert Island Discs - March 2019

  • Posted on: 16 April 2019
  • By: huw

Andrew O'Brien joined Royston Choral Society as Musical Director in September 2015 making no concessions in his choice of concert content, to this being an unauditioned community choir. In his first year with the RCS the choir successfully tackled Brahms’ A German Requiem and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. In 2016 Andrew became Director of Music at Haileybury School.

Bach St John Passion

  • Posted on: 9 April 2019
  • By: huw

Review of St John's Passion by J.S.Bach, Ashwell Church
6th April 2019

This beautiful piece of work was undertaken by Royston Choral Society and Haileybury Choral Society. In the first part we commenced with the choir giving an accomplished opening singing in the original German text. The singing and diction was clear and built up the excitement of the opening piece with hushed tones when required and strong crescendos.

Britten War Requiem

  • Posted on: 4 November 2018
  • By: huw

In November 2018, in collaboration with Haileybury College Choirs, and Hertfordshire Phiharmonia the choral society performed Britten's War Requiem to a sell-out audience. This picture is from the performance showing the performers. A recording of part of the performance is here

Other photographs include: