Welcome to Royston Choral Society

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/26/2023 - 11:30

We are a friendly, non-auditioned choir that  generally performs 4 concerts to a high standard each year in Royston and the surrounding villages. Our musical director is Andrew O'Brien and he is assisted by Jonathan Lilley. 

Formed in 1973 we are in the middle of a couple of seasons celebrating our first 50 years of music making and looking forward to our next 50! It was a particular pleasure during the last season to return to St John the Baptist Church in Royston for rehearsals and concerts following its wonderful renovation after the dreadful fire in December 2018.

We engage fine professional soloists for our major concerts and are able to call on an excellent pool of orchestral players. 

In the current season we performed Bach's monumental Mass in B minor in November 2023 to a packed church. Originally scheduled for performance in March 2020 this was postponed because of the coronvirus pandemic. It was wonderful to return to it with a marvellous quartet of soloists and some very fine playing from the orchestra. December 2023 saw our customary concert of Christmas music - again to a large and appreciative audience. That concert was the last for our regular accompanist for the last few years - Michael Smith. He has decided to reduce his regular commitments, but went out in style contributing some fine organ solos to the concert programme.

Jonathan Lilley joined as our new accompanist in January 2024 when we began rehearsing Verdi's Requiem. This was again performed to a packed church (in fact it was sold out some days before the concert) in April 2024. The orchestral playing was again of a very high standard and the soloists - Elinor Rolfe Johnson, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, David Webb and Frederick Long - were excellent.

The choir will be performing in Royston again on Saturday 29th June. Follow the Future Dates link in the menu above to see the poster for more details. To purchase tickets online follow this link. Given how well our recent concerts have sold early buying is advised.

There are some videos of parts of some of our recent concerts including the Verdi Requiem available by following this link.

For more information about the society please contact the chair - Huw Jenkins (email: [email protected] or tel: 07855 311192)    

Charity Registration number:  1090459