We are a friendly amateur choir of about 65 members in Banstead, Surrey founded in 1922. Since the pandemic we have continued rehearsing weekly on zoom. In October we excitedly returned to socially distanced in-person rehearsals with live-streaming on zoom for those members who couldn't attend. After 3 weeks we're back on zoom for now! Do get in touch for more details on 07931 594548.
We sing all sorts of choral music from the 16th century to the modern day and in normal times we stage four concerts a year accompanied by professional soloists and orchestras. We tend to perform standard classical choral works in the autumn and spring concerts but lighter music in the summer. We hope to stage our first concert of 2020 on Saturday 12 December. Why not come along to this socially distanced concert and hear us?
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, even now! 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. On zoom rehearsals only you can hear yourself.
After you've tried us for a few weeks, James will meet you during the break to listen to you singing (in a small group if you prefer) to check you're singing the part best suited to your voice and suggest some things you might want to work on to improve your sound. We're not currently doing voice checks.
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. Apart from this there are no extra hidden costs!
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.