The choir aims to offer a full and involving musical experience to our audiences, and we welcome new singers who want to contribute to that. Although originally started in the first half of the 20th century, the choir in its present form was formed in 1952 as Brockham Christ Church Music Society, later taking its present name.
The choir itself consists of around 70 singers who come mainly from the Brockham and Dorking areas (though a number come from further afield). We don’t hold auditions, but we aim for a high standard. We warmly welcome new members to the choir, and encourage anyone with an interest in choral singing to contact us. Whilst previous choral experience is valuable, a love of singing and a desire to learn are more important. Also, new members would find it very useful to have either the ability to read music, or a good ear!
You can find further information on joining the choir here.
We aim to be a friendly and welcoming choir, and we work hard to ensure we have an inclusive and well-supported social programme, including our Annual Dinner in February/March. Details of these appear in our Members’ area.
We rehearse at St John’s C of E Primary School, Goodwyns Rd, Dorking RH4 2LR on Tuesday evenings from September through to the following June, starting at 7.30 pm and finishing at 9.30 pm.
We give a number of concerts each year – a November concert, usually followed in December by a Family Christmas concert with local schools, a major concert in March, and a more informal concert in May or June, often including other local musicians. These concerts are normally in the Dorking Halls, St Martin’s Church, Dorking, or another local church.
Every other year we embark on a tour – in 2004 we went to Brittany, in 2006 we went to Ghent and gave three concerts, one with the local Cantabile choir, who came to the UK to join us for our May 2007 concert. In 2008 we visited The Hague. In 2011 we stayed in the UK and visited Yorkshire, singing in Ripon Cathedral, Selby Abbey, Leeds Parish Church and York Minster, accompanied on each occasion by the Yorkshire Imperial Band. At each concert we held a collection for Help for Heroes, collecting £700 in total for the charity. For 2013 we sang in various venues in Cardiff. For 2015 we had a successful weekend away in Winchelsea in July, with a concert in support of a local charity. For 2018 we are planning to join in the Zezere Arts Festival in Tomar, Portugal, in July.
It is our policy to engage with the local community by encouraging participation in our concerts by local schools and musicians and also to support local churches through devotional concerts (which also helps them to raise funds). We now have a tradition of working with local primary schools to put on our Christmas Family Concert each year, and held a very successful competition in 2013 to find soloists from local secondary schools for our performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” in March. Local schools also took part in our performance of “George and the Dragon” in Dorking Halls in June 2014.
We are available to sing at weddings and similar events – for further information please contact us.
Staging hire We have a set of scaffolding-based staging for hire for concert performances in St Martin’s Church. Please use our contact us form for further information.
The choir is supported in its efforts by a number of Friends; details of these are on our Friends page.
Website design The website was designed for us by Jenny Monro of Business Arch Expertise Ltd; the wonderful page header banner designs are by Soo Abram.
The choir benefits from a grant from the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust, which amongst other things provides grants to promote the live performance of classical music.