We are a friendly amateur choir of about 65 members in Banstead, Surrey founded in 1922. Having rehearsed weekly on zoom throughout the pandemic, we are very excited to be returning to in-person rehearsals from 20 May 2021!
If you need a post-lockdown lift, come and join us - get in touch for more details.
We sing all sorts of choral music from the 16th century to the modern day and pre-pandemic we staged four concerts a year accompanied by professional soloists and orchestras. Last year was very different but we were delighted to perform (socially distanced, of course) Brahms' Requiem in December 2020.
Usually we hold an open Come and Sing Workshop every January and every three years we make a concert tour; in June 2019 we visited Tuscany and performed concerts in Lucca, Florence and Viareggio.
We always welcome new singers. You don't need to have sung in a choir before or had any vocal training, but you do need to be able to read music. In normal rehearsals, no-one is asked to sing alone in rehearsals - you're always singing with your section.
After a few weeks, our conductor James will meet you during the break for a voice check (in a small group if you prefer) to make sure you're singing the part best suited to your voice. He can suggest some things you might want to work on to improve your sound.
Full choir members normally pay an annual subscription (which works out at about £3 per rehearsal and includes music hire) but all new members get their first term free.
All full-time students and under-30s get free membership for up to three years.
Concert folders, scarves and bow ties are provided but you need to provide your own concert dress (black top/ black trousers or long skirt for women, black suit/white shirt for men)
Our Professional Musicians
James Dixon was appointed Music Director of St Cecilia Chorus in September 2017. A countertenor, he moved to London in 2012 from his native Australia to study conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. He is also currently musical director of St Francis of Assisi, Notting Hill, Brighton Consort and Opus XV1.
Ian le Grice has been accompanist to St Cecilia Chorus since 1983. He was a junior exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music and a chorister at the Temple Church, London and went on to be assistant organist there for many years. He is also accompanist to Croydon Philharmonic Choir and Reigate St Mary's Choir School.