East Surrey Choral Society is based in Caterham, with our members coming from a wide area of Surrey. The choir was founded in 1961 by Arthur Toms, and we have only had three conductors in that time: Arthur Toms, Michael Pilkington and our current conductor, Ian Kennedy.
We present three concerts a year in local churches and halls: Christmas and Easter are usually classical, with a lighter programme in the summer. Our concert repertoire is varied and demonstrates a diverse range of works.
During rehearsals and concerts alike, members are encouraged to share their passion for music and of choral singing in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Rehearsals are enjoyable and fun, sometimes a little challenging, but with anecdotes from our conductor’s experiences as a member of the BBC singers and as a professor at the Guildhall, it is never boring! There is always something new to learn, especially as Ian often provides an additional element of coaching in singing techniques to enhance every singer's potential and improve our performance.
Prior to each concert we hold an extra rehearsal. This is important as it is usually held in the concert venue. Prompt and regular attendance is required as rehearsal schedules are tight. Should a member miss too many rehearsals in any given term, the conductor and committee may suggest that it would be inappropriate for that member to take part in the term's concert.
As well as rehearsals and concerts, we also hold many social events including skittles, quiz nights and parties at Christmas and in the summer.
If you do not wish to sing with us, but would like to support ESCS, you can do so through our "Friends" scheme.
Friends are guaranteed a complimentary ticket to each concert, a reserved seat and invitations to our social activities.
For further information about how to join us please contact our Hon. Secretary via email