Welcome to Royston Choral Society

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/26/2023 - 11:30
RCS in performance April 2024

We are a friendly, non-auditioned choir that  generally performs 4 concerts to a high standard each year in Royston and the surrounding villages. Our musical director is Andrew O'Brien and he is assisted by Jonathan Lilley. 

Formed in 1973 we have been celebrating our first 50 years over the last couple of seasons and are now looking forward to our next 50 years of music making in the area. The choir numbers nearly 100 singers.

We engage fine professional soloists for our major concerts and are able to call on an excellent pool of orchestral players. 

In the coming season we are looking to perform some of the classics of the choral repertoire along with some lesser-known works. In November our first concert will combine Fauré's sublime Requiem, with Parry's Blest pair of sirens, and Britten's wonderfully whimsical Rejoice in the Lamb.

Our Christmas concert will as usual be a mixture of Christmas music sung by the choir, combined with well-known carols for everyone to join in - all accompanied by organ and brass who will include some festive interludes of their own.

In recent years we have performed two of Bach's momentous choral works - the St John Passion and Mass in B minor. This year we turn our attention to the wonderful St Matthew Passion which will be performed with first class soloists and orchestra at the beginning of April 2025.

Our final concert this season will be in early July 2025. The programme will be announced in due course.

We enjoyed excellent audiences in our most recent season with two of the concerts being sold out. We hope to continue that pattern and so early purchase of tickets is advised!

There are some videos of parts of some of our recent concerts available by following this link.

For more information about the society please contact the chair - Huw Jenkins (email: [email protected] or tel: 07855 311192)    
 

Charity Registration number:  1090459