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Horsley Choral Society

....a Leith Hill Festival Choir



HCS perform two main concerts a year. These are well attended and as well as enjoying the music, we try to raise money for local charities. We sing throughout the year by invitation at local events and also join with other choirs to perform.

For many years, from September to November, we rehearsed for a formal concert usually comprised of one main choral work , some shorter ones, and one or two instrumental works from our invited instrumentalists and soloists. The concert, held in November, would be swiftly followed by a carol concert in December which for several years was held in the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church in West Horsley.

However, in 2015 we decided to combine our autumn and Christmas concerts to hold a Christmas concert with a small orchestra which necessitated a larger venue and St Andrew's Church in Cobham kindly offered us a concert space.

The concert was a success and so in 2016 we returned to St Andrew's for our Christmas concert entitled 'Peace on Earth' and featuring Pucinni's 'Messa de Gloria' together with traditional and modern Christmas music and carols with audience participation which made this a lovely start to the Christmas festivities.  We have returned to St Andrew's each year since for our Christmas concerts and this has proved to be a lovely venue for choir and audience alike.

In the summer we regularly join forces with Oxshott Choral Society, also under the directorship of our MD Val Beynon, and have had some very enjoyable collaborations. The music performed in recent years has been a mixed programme of shorter pieces based around a theme, but in 2017 we performed Mozart's Requiem, which was followed in 2018 by Brahms' 'Ein Deutsches Requiem' with both concerts featuring other works by these great composers.  

As part of the Leith Hill Festival Choir, we join with eleven other Surrey choirs to compete and later sing together in an evening concert under the baton of the Festival Conductor at the annual Leith Hill Musical Festival. In 2016 the hugely popular Brian Kay retired as Festival Conductor after 21 years in the post. In 2017 we started a new chapter under the baton of Jonathan Willcocks, our new Festival Conductor.

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To see a list of all the music we have sung over the past couple of decades, click here