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.

Some recordings from recent concerts are here

Coming up we will be performing as follows:

Sunday 30 September 7pm Royston Arts Festival Finale concert
Royston Choral Society is delighted to be taking part in Royston Arts Festival’s Finale Concert again this year. Our slot will reprise one or two numbers from our popular Serenade to Music summer concert. We will then enjoy taking part in the closing singalong.

Sunday 4 November Britten War Requiem Haileybury College
The War Requiem, first performed on 30 May 1962, was commissioned to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, replacing the original building destroyed in a World War II bombing raid. Britten, a pacifist, combined the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead with poems by the English war poet Wilfred Owen. This performance will be in partnership with Haileybury College choirs and orchestras and Hertfordshire Philharmonia.

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.

In 2018-19 we are excited to be including Britten's 'War Requiem' and Bach's 'St John Passion' in our programmes.

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

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!”

Stainer's Crucifixion

  • Posted on: 21 March 2016
  • By: richard

A beautiful concert by Royston Choral Society in the magnificent Standon church.

The impressive Standon Church played host to a moving concert by Royston Choral Society on the evening of Palm Sunday.

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