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Introducing Royston Choral Society and our new Musical Director

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.


Picture courtesy of Gordon Brown
The picture above shows the choir, our Musical Director Andrew O’Brien, and soloists from Heath Mount School following the highly successful Christmas 'O Holy Night' concert.
We are delighted to welcome Andrew O’Brien as our Musical Director. He took Heath Mount School Junior Choir to win BBC School Choir of the Year 2012, and one of his singing pupils won BBC Chorister of the Year 2013.
Commenting on Andrew’s fourteen years as Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, Bishop Michael Marshall said: ‘I have been astounded by his ability not only as a performer but especially by his unique ability to draw out others’ gifts for making music – not least an ability to sing of which they had been unaware’
   

 
There could not be a better time for aspiring singers to join our society and benefit from this talented new conductor’s expertise. RCS is a friendly choir with members from around the district, some with much musical expertise, others with less, but all sharing enthusiasm for singing.
Just come along to Royston Choral Society’s next free Open Rehearsal on Tuesday 12th January 8.00 p.m. at Royston Parish Church and join in for the evening. You will not be asked to sing on your own. The ability to read music is helpful but not essential. Being able to blend with others in your voice part is more important.
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 a couple of times a year.
For more information about Royston Choral Society, our new musical director and open rehearsals look out for our leaflet in libraries, or contact our Chairman, Heather Howard telephone 01763 249058 or email heather@lemonyellow.org

COME AND SING
STAINER’S CRUCIFIXION
Musical Director Andrew O’Brien
Saturday 5th March
 
12.00 for 12.30 to 5.00pm
 
Royston Parish Church, Admission £10
 

The Crucifixion was conceived as a meditation, a work of devotion that would bring, as the dramatised passion tradition had for centuries, the story of the Holy Week to ordinary folk.
With the spine tingling melodies and Victorian sentiment, the timeless 'God so loved the world' and hymns for audience participation, it is the perfect piece to spend the day singing, discovering and relishing its beautiful music.
Singers of all abilities welcome, whether members of choral societies, church choirs, community choirs – or no choir. Do you sing along to BBC Songs of Praise or sing in the shower? Come along and take this opportunity to sing with Royston Choral Society’s BBC award winning conductor.
 

Programme for the day:
12.00 – 12.30 Registration (Refreshments available from Royston Parish Church)
12.30-2.00 first session
2.00-2.30 - break refreshments available
2.30- 4.00 second session
4.00- 4.30 break – refreshments available
4.30 Final sing through – friends and families welcome
 
NB Saturday is a market day in Royston. Parking in Town Hall car park recommended

Download an application form here


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