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.
This spring, Ashtead Choral Society is performing at a new venue, the Leatherhead Theatre. Their concert will be held on Saturday, 14th March 2015 at 7.30 pm and is a three-part programme comprising romantic music from the Czech Republic, Germany and England. Conducted by James Henshaw, the choir will be joined by Raphaela Papadakis, soprano; Hanna-Liisa Kirchin, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Mills, tenor; Dominic Sedgwick, baritone, and, from the Yehudi Menuhin School, local violinist Oscar Perks. The Outcry Ensemble will be providing the orchestral music.
Antonin Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, composed in 1876/77, was first performed in Prague in 1880. When invited to conduct this piece in 1883 in London, the British went crazy for the music and Dvorak’s international career dates from this visit. He returned to England eight more times.
Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs, written between 1906 and 1911, is the setting to music of poems by 17th century English poet and priest George Herbert. The songs have the same spiritual quality as the original texts and include the well-known anthem “Let All The World in Every Corner Sing”. Vaughan Williams was an outstanding 20th-century composer with local connections. His statue can be seen outside the Dorking Halls.
Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G-minor is without doubt the German composer’s most well-known work. Written in 1868, this passionately romantic concerto has become a major item in the standard violin repertoire. It features prominently in the 100 best tunes on Classic FM, where it was No. 1 at the turn of the millennium. A special treat to hear it played by Oscar Perks!
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