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.
We are delighted to welcome Andrew O’Brien as our new Musical Director following the retirement of David Boarder for health reasons after 17 years with the choir.
Andrew 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’
Andrew says ‘As my first work with Royston, on November 21st, I have chosen Brahms'
. This is not your average setting as it is written in German and not Latin. The setting of the words however is simply sublime and the choral writing is particularly stunning. There are moments where the listener is transported to another world. I adore this work and it is a piece I know the choir has never performed in its 40 history. I cannot wait to get started on this work and very much look forward to starting my journey with this choir. They already have a good reputation and I look forward to building on this’
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 15th September 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 Howard