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

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

In September we took part in our first concert of the season. This was the Hertfordhsire High Sheriff's Community Choirs concert, held in Haileybury College on September 28th. Sarah Beazley, in her year as High Sheriff, had an idea for a concert that would bring choirs together from across the county to sing together. Music is something that unites us and choirs demonstrate cooperation, inclusivity and the sharing of a positive experience. Sarah wants to have a focus on supporting stronger communities during her term in office, and felt choirs were a good example of this. Nine choirs took part, performing both individually and together in a concert that was a joyful celebration of the power of song and community spirit.

We returned to Haileybury College at the beginning of November for a performance of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius. The highly acclaimed performance was in collaboration with Haileybury College Chapel and Lower School Choirs, as well as Haileybury Choral Society with the Herfordshire Philharmonia Orchestra. The picture below shows the performers and more pictures from the concert 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

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

John Crosher's Desert Island Discs

  • Posted on: 8 December 2019
  • By: huw

John Crosher, one of the basses shares his desert island disc choice.

I joined RCS as a bass in 1998 when David Boarder was choir master. I served on the committee for a few years, handling publicity and the presentation and printing of concert programmes. After taking a break of several years I rejoined in 2016 to sing Messiah, and was so impressed with Andrew that I have stayed ever since.

Inheritance tracks - Val Hirst

  • Posted on: 8 December 2019
  • By: huw

The track I inherited:
When I was a toddler, my mother used to keep me entertained (and quiet) by playing the piano. I was brought up on a wide range of music from Flanagan & Allen ‘Hometown’ to Rossini overtures. I can remember dancing around the patterns on the carpet to ‘Orpheus in the underworld’, but I think my favourite was ‘William Tell’.

If music be the food of love.....Ann and Nick Keep

  • Posted on: 8 December 2019
  • By: huw

Ann (soprano) and Nick Keep (tenor) have each been singing with the Royston Choral Society for around 25 years. We asked what singing with the RCS meant for them.

Did music play an important part in bringing you together?
We were both interested in music when we met. Nick used to play the trumpet a lot and then the singing took over. We have similar tastes in music although they differ a bit. We listen to each other’s music and express our opinions freely.

How singing together changes your brain

  • Posted on: 16 October 2019
  • By: huw

In this musical TED Talk, Tania de Jong explains how singing is a survival mechanism, how it makes our hearts beat together and can help heal strokes and depression. With singing, and the potential she believes it has, Tania dedicates herself to enhancing and promoting ingenuity and founded Creativity Australia and Creative Universe to do so. As a leading Australian soprano and through 'With One Voice', Tania works with disadvantaged communities.

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.

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