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Introducing Royston Choral Society
Royston Choral Society was formed in 1974 and is now in its forty-first season.

We rehearse on Tuesday evenings 8.00-10.00 in Royston Parish Church. Despite the venue and much of the music, we are not a religious organisation.

The Choir outside St.Swithun's Church, Great Chishill, March 2015

With our recently retired Director of Music, David Boarder, appointed in 1998, we formed successful partnerships with other groups, including the Royston Town Band, Royston Youth Choir, the 414 Choir, the A10 Orchestra and East Herts Youth Orchestra.

The choir's repertoire covers a wide range of styles and moods, from large scale oratorios with orchestras almost as big as the choir, to small scale 17th century Latin and English church music, 19th century French and Russian pieces and some up-to-date pieces by John Rutter, John Tavener and Arvo Pärt. We have also explored the lighter side with songs from the stage and screen by Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin.

Our current membership is around 60 and we are keen to recruit new singers. There is no audition.

If you think might like to join the choir you are very welcome to come to a rehearsal to see how you get on .... or to come and sit in on a rehearsal if you would just like to see what we do.

For more information please contact Heather Howard

Our next Concert
Barkway Parish Church,
Sun 28th June at 7.30pm

Our forthcoming concert features Handelís 'Coronation Anthems' and his 'Foundling Hospital Anthem'.
Handel's first commission as a British citizen was to write the music for the coronation of King George II in 1727. The four anthems include ĎZadok the Priestí performed at every coronation since. First performed in 1749 at the hospital chapel, the Foundling Hospital Anthem which includes the ĎHallelujah Chorusí is an emotional appeal to Handelís benefactors and audience to support the work of Thomas Coramís Foundling Hospital with sick and abandoned infants.
 
We would like to respect Handelís humanitarian intentions in composing this anthem by supporting Homestart Royston and South Cambridgeshire with a retiring collection.
Parents finding it difficult to cope with young children Ė for a variety of reasons such as illness, disability, post natal depression or isolation - benefit from the support of friendly, trained volunteers.
For more information go to www.hsrsc.org.uk
 
Concert tickets £12 (concessions £9, school students £1) are available from Ian Sanders in Barkway (01763 848941), Royston Library, choir members and at the door.
 
Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Friends of Danesbury Neurological Centre.
Danesbury provides intensive rehabilitation for stroke patients and others with brain injuries. Royston Choral Societyís outgoing musical director had five weeks treatment there which contributed enormously to his recovery generally and his return to playing piano and organ in particular. It has wonderful, committed staff and an active Friends organisation supporting patients in non-medical ways.
More information about Danesbury

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