We are a friendly amateur choir of about 65 members in Banstead, Surrey founded in 1922. Since the pandemic we have been rehearsing weekly on zoom. Singing is a great way to keep going through lockdown and we’d love to welcome you to a zoom rehearsal to try us out. Do get in touch for more details.
We sing all sorts of choral music from the 16th century to the modern day and before the 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) 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, even now during the pandemic! 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.
When we restart in-person rehearsals, our conductor 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. He can suggest some things you might want to work on to improve your sound. While we’re on zoom, we're not 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.