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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 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

We are looking for a new Musical Director
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‘Thank you for the music’, David Boarder!

Royston Choral Society has been singing under the baton of David Boarder since 1998. The choir much regrets that for health reasons, David has now had to resign.
Under David Boarder’s leadership we have sung large scale oratorios,17th century Latin and English church music, 19th century French and Russian pieces as well as the music of modern composers such as John Rutter, John Taverner, Bob Chilcott and Will Todd. Lighter concerts have included traditional English songs, the music of Gershwin, Paul Simon and Eric Clapton and even challenged our tenors to emulate the Beach Boys!
David’s 25 years working in the Hertfordshire Music Service has given Royston Choral Society the benefit of his huge range of links to instrumental groups - East Herts Youth Orchestra, A10 orchestra, peripatetic music teachers and talented young musicians from local schools. We have forged relationships with our orchestral players who take an interest in the choir beyond just turning up to play on the day.
Singing with other choirs – often also conducted by David – we have had the opportunity to perform larger works such as Verdi’s Requiem at Thaxted Church in 2010 and Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man for the Royal British Legion at Ware in November 2013.
David’s tireless enthusiasm has given members of Royston Choral Society opportunities to sing abroad too – with Heathmount Singers in several French cathedrals, alongside Lake Garda with the Youth Orchestra and members of other choirs, and perhaps most memorably, leading a group of singers from his several choirs to take part in the world premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Peacemakers at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall in January 2012.

© Royston Choral Society 2015