Introducing Royston Choral Society

  • Posted on: 3 October 2016
  • By: admin

Royston Choral Society (RCS) is a friendly, unauditioned choir of around 70 singers from a wide range of backgrounds and singing abilities united by enjoying singing together to produce memorable concerts.

Our most recent concert was a performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. Held at Haileybury College, it was in collaboration with the college choirs and Hertfordshire Philharmonia. Here is a photo of the performers:

Some recordings from recent concerts including the War Requiem are here

Coming up we will be performing as follows:

Saturday 22nd December 7.30pm A Ceremony of Carols
Please note that following the dreadful fire at Royston Parish Church on December 9th this concert will now take place at THE MERIDIAN SCHOOL in Royston. All other details are unchanged.

Our regular Christmas concert this year will feature Britten's Ceremony of Carols, as well as other familiar and less-familiar carols, including some with audience participation. With mulled wine and mince pies, this is a wonderful way to celebrate the festive season. Tickets can be bought online here

Saturday 6th April Bach St John Passion

Royston Choral Society marks the start of Passiontide in 2019 with a performance of Bach's St John Passion. Performed in the original German, this piece dramatically tells the story of Christ's Passion.

RCS rehearses on Tuesday evenings 7.45- 9.45 in Royston Parish Church and performs around four times a year in Royston and surrounding villages. New singers are welcome to join RCS by coming along to an open rehearsal.

For more details about the society please contact the chair - Huw Jenkins -chair@roystonchoralsoc.org.uk

Britten War Requiem

  • Posted on: 4 November 2018
  • By: huw

In November 2018, in collaboration with Haileybury College Choirs, and Hertfordshire Phiharmonia the choral society performed Britten's War Requiem to a sell-out audience. This picture is from the performance showing the performers. A recording of part of the performance with pictures from the rehearsal and performance is here

Other photographs include:

Serenade to Music

  • Posted on: 26 August 2018
  • By: huw

The society performed to a very appreciative audience in Barkway Parish Church for their last concert of the 2017-18 season.

The choir sang John Rutter's "The Sprig of Thyme" as well as Vaughan Williams' "Serenade to Music". Lighter items included a couple of spirituals arranged by Ken Burton and "The Seal Lullaby" by Eric Whitacre. We were joined by Alistair Watson on the piano, who also contributed "Toccata in D" by Bach - a wonderful virtuosic display, and the very talented Edward Davies, a student at Haileybury College, who performed Vivaldi's guitar concert in D.

In harmony

  • Posted on: 2 February 2018
  • By: Chris

In the run up to Valentine's Day, we asked five couples who sing together in the choir about their shared love of music and the role it has played in their relationships.

A Christmas Oratorio

  • Posted on: 29 November 2017
  • By: richard

Royston was once again treated to a fine performance of J.S. Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio’ at St John’s Parish Church.
Bach composed this masterpiece, comprised of six parts, to be played over six days during the Christmas season in 1734 and into the New Year.
This concert consisted of four sections of the ‘Christmas Oratorio’, performed in one evening and sung in German, (we were given the words in German and English in the programme which was very helpful).
What an amazing feat of organization and dedication!
The performers assembled consisted of:

Music for a summer's evening

  • Posted on: 6 September 2017
  • By: richard

On a perfect English June evening at Holy Trinity Church in the village of Chrishall, set amid the fields, a concert was waiting to take place.
Royston & District Choral Society and Haileybury School musicians treated their audience to a fine selection of works. The audience took their seats and with the summer sun glistening through the church window forming a backdrop to the choir. The scene was set.

Requiem and Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice

  • Posted on: 31 March 2017
  • By: richard

The large audience at the ancient church of St Mary’s, Standon were taken on a reflective and emotional journey during the RCS Spring Concert. Conductor Andrew O’Brien showed his deep understanding of English choral music and through his inspiring direction coaxed the most exquisite dynamic contrasts from both the choir and the Haileybury Consort.

Handel's 'Messiah'

  • Posted on: 1 December 2016
  • By: richard

‘Congratulations on a stunning performance’;
‘utterly brilliant’;
‘we’ve been attending Messiah concerts together since 1965 – this was the best’
were just a few of the comments from audience members at Royston and District Choral Society’s performance of Handel’s Messiah in Royston Parish Church on Saturday.

Adapting to our new musical director

  • Posted on: 1 December 2016
  • By: richard

A change of MD can be an unsettling time for a choir but member feedback after the summer concert is positive:

“Since Andrew O’Brien was appointed as Musical Director at Royston Choral Society, he has certainly challenged our musical ability. He has provided support and encouragement to singers of all abilities in this community choir. So much so, that we were able to put on Purcell’s complex Dido and Æneas with confidence and I think we pulled it off.”

“A cracking concert, probably one of the best we’ve ever done. Soloists excellent, RCS soloists too. It was great for the choir to ’get into character’ and do something different. New people signing up already!”

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