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.