About St Cecilia Chorus

We are a friendly amateur choir of about 50 members in Banstead, Surrey founded in 1922. We are celebrating our centenary this season!

If you now need a post-lockdown musical lift, come and join us - we rehearse weekly on Thursdays at 7.45-9.45pm at Banstead Junior School, The Horseshoe, SM7 2BQ. Do try us out - get in touch with June our chair to find out more.

We sing all sorts of choral music from the 16th century to the modern day and stage four concerts a year accompanied by professional soloists and orchestras. 

We have a busy social calendar and extra singing workshops and we also make concert tours - in 2019 we visited Tuscany and performed concerts in Lucca, Florence and Viareggio. Our next tour (21-24 June 2023) is to Avignon. 

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 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 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 get free membership for up to three years.
You will need to provide your own concert dress (women: black trousers or long skirt and long-sleeved tops in black and a primary colour of your choice. Men: black trousers and shirt, black jacket optional).

Our Professional Musicians

James Dixon was appointed Music Director of St Cecilia Chorus in September 2017. Since moving to the UK from Sydney in 2012 to study Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, he has been in demand as a choral specialist and educator in London, across the UK, France, Singapore and Australia. Working in styles ranging from Gregorian chant to the latest hits, James has a passion for music of the Renaissance and the French and German Romantic schools. James is also the Director of Music at St Francis of Assisi, Notting Hill, Musical Director of Opus XVI Chamber Choir, Streatham and Curriculum Music teacher and Choir Director at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Bermondsey as part of Southwark Music Service’s School Partnership Programme.

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.

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