A tale of two Bens

  • Posted on: 15 April 2020
  • By: huw

Anne Atkins, a writer and broadcaster living in Cambridge, shares a song – He’ll Soon Come to Call Me – that she wrote for her father and mother shortly before he died on 16 March 2020 aged 102. Her son Ben arranged the music and brought together virtually musicians and singers for the performance that the Coronavirus pandemic denied them at David Briggs’ funeral.

Health and Harmony

  • Posted on: 8 March 2020
  • By: huw

At Royston Choral Society we enjoy the benefits of music and singing to our physical and mental health. Less is generally known about particular health benefits for specific groups within society from listening and performing. Some intriguing and accessible research sheds light on this subject. To find out more, click here

Bach B Minor Mass

  • Posted on: 14 February 2020
  • By: huw

As we prepare to perform Bach's B Minor Mass, Chris, shares his thoughts on the monumental work....

What do you think about Bach’s B Minor Mass?

Listen to the 1st movement Kyrie Eleison

When asked what they thought of JS Bach in general and his B Minor Mass in particular, fans around the world replied…

Mid-winter - Christmas Concert 2019

  • Posted on: 8 January 2020
  • By: huw

The Royston Choral Society took place just before Christmas in the St James Academy senior school and lived up to its billing as a traditional Christmas concert of carols and seasonal music.

We commenced the concert with the traditional solo of the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City which was followed by the choir and finally with audience members joining in (as best we could).

We were then treated to three pieces by the choir which were sung with hushed tones that gave the the emotion and reverence required to encapsulate the true meaning of the lyrics.

John Crosher's Desert Island Discs

  • Posted on: 8 December 2019
  • By: huw

John Crosher, one of the basses shares his desert island disc choice.

I joined RCS as a bass in 1998 when David Boarder was choir master. I served on the committee for a few years, handling publicity and the presentation and printing of concert programmes. After taking a break of several years I rejoined in 2016 to sing Messiah, and was so impressed with Andrew that I have stayed ever since.

Inheritance tracks - Val Hirst

  • Posted on: 8 December 2019
  • By: huw

The track I inherited:
When I was a toddler, my mother used to keep me entertained (and quiet) by playing the piano. I was brought up on a wide range of music from Flanagan & Allen ‘Hometown’ to Rossini overtures. I can remember dancing around the patterns on the carpet to ‘Orpheus in the underworld’, but I think my favourite was ‘William Tell’.

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