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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-second 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 13th September at 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

We are set to continue to surprise audiences with our next concert in Barkway Parish Church on Saturday June 25th at 7.30 pm

In a double bill celebrating the work of Henry Purcell, we will present the first English opera, Dido and Æneas, initially performed in 1689 and Come Ye Sons of Art, an ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary in 1694.

Based on Virgil’s Ænead, Purcell’s short opera takes us on a journey that will fire the senses. This is Purcell’s greatest work and the first real English opera. The audience experiences humanity at its best and worst, triumph, deceit, and the supernatural all concluded with Dido’s fateful yet most beloved aria ‘When I am laid in Earth’.

With soprano Nina Bennett and a baroque orchestra this concert will be a stunning finale to our society’s first season under the baton of Andrew O’Brien.

Tickets £12 (Concessions £9 School students £1) from choir members, on the door, or from Caroline Franks Tel 01920 822723 Email caroline.franks@rf152.co.uk

For more information about the choir contact our chairman, Heather Howard Tel. 01763 249058 or Email heather@lemonyellow.org


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