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.

Follow this link to see details of our next concert.

Some recordings from recent concerts can be seen on this link

During the 2018-19 season we performed in 4 concerts.

In November 2018 we participated in 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:

We usually hold our Christmas concert in Royston Parish Church. In 2018, because of the dreadful fire that had taken place there, this picture shows us performing at the Meridian school instead:

A link to the review of the concert with more pictures and recordings is here.

In April 2019 we performed Bach's St John Passion in Ashwell Parish Church. Sung in the original German, the soloists included Daniel Joy as the Evangelist and Lukas Kargl as Jesus.
See more pictures and read the review here.

Our final concert of the season was in Barkway Parish church, which turned out to be a wonderfully cool location on what was one of the hottest days of the year.
Entitled Songs of Love, it included music by Schubert, Lauridsen, Alexander L'Estrange, Brahms and the society's own Richard Prince. You can read more about it and see further pictures here.

The choir usually also enjoys one or two social evenings a year, usually involving food and drink. We ended the season by having a barbecue on the Heath in Royston. It also turned out to be one of the more energetic social evenings with many members enjoying a fairly relaxed game of rounders. Some of the more competitive are seen here enjoying a game of croquet

Details of our plans for the 2019-20 are available here.

RCS rehearses on Tuesday evenings 7.45- 9.45 in Royston Methodist 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

Wanted - Musical Men!

  • Posted on: 11 September 2019
  • By: huw

Wanted – musical men!

When a group of tenors and basses were asked why they enjoyed singing in the choir (apart from the obvious reason that they liked music and singing…) their answers were surprisingly diverse.

‘To have a break from the kids’
‘To de-stress after a busy day’
‘The pint in the pub afterwards’.

My musical journey - Heather Howard

  • Posted on: 11 September 2019
  • By: huw

My musical journey in words and pictures – Heather Howard, alto

My musical life began when I was living in Kingsley, in Cheshire, singing in St John’s Church parish choir. I was brought up in a very musical family and was encouraged to learn to read music from a young age. I must have been about eight in this 1984 photo.

You the audience - Barkway June 2019

  • Posted on: 15 July 2019
  • By: huw

At recent concerts, we’ve distributed feedback cards to find out a bit about our audience members – to help us develop ways to reach beyond our existing core of loyal supporters.

At our Barkway concert on 29 June, 38 respondents travelled 672 miles to hear us. Two people travelled more than 50 miles (probably not just for the concert!) 60% travelled less than 10 miles.

Songs of Love

  • Posted on: 8 July 2019
  • By: huw

Royston Choral Society ‘Songs of Love’ at Barkway Parish Church 29th June 2019

On the hottest day of the year so far, a large and appreciative audience gathered in the coolness of Barkway Church for Royston Choral Society’s summer concert.

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