Welcome to Ashtead Choral Society
The choir was founded in 1949 and performs two major concerts each year as well as a regular summer concert and occasional overseas tour.
In recent years the choir has performed a wide and varied repertoire of established choral works and more contemporary works such as David Fanshawe's African Sanctus and Will Todd's Mass in Blue.
We regularly rehearse on a Monday evening between 8pm and 10pm at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Ashtead.
Benjamin Britten - War Requiem
Over 200 musicians including a children’s choir drawn from pupils attending two local schools and the prestigious London Gala Orchestra – all under the baton of conductor James Henshaw , performed Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at the Dorking Halls on Saturday, 22nd November 2014.
The War Requiem interweaves verses of First World War poet Wilfred Owen, with words from the Requiem Mass. The work was commissioned for the consecration of the newly built Coventry Cathedral after its destruction in the Second World War and is considered by many as the composer’s greatest work. At its premiere in May 1962, the War Requiem was performed to great acclaim and has lost nothing of its impact.
A souvenir programme was available which included information about choir members relatives who were involved in the First World War. A retiring collection raised almost £500 shared between Help for Heroes and local charity Combat Stress. Our next concert will be on Saturday 14th March 2015 at Leatherhead Theatre and will include a programme of music by Dvorak, Vaughan Williams and Bruch.
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