A vital part of our ethos is the performance of a very wide variety of music from the 16th to the 21st Century. We also regularly undertake singing tours abroad - to Tuscany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany in recent years - and we regularly sing in other venues around England on annual "away-days". Such tours have the considerable added benefit of bringing the choir together socially as well as musically.
Our former Chairman, Peter Miller, spoke a little about the history of the choir during a recent interview for Radio Harrow - click here to listen to the excerpt.
We are very fortunate to have Simon Williams as our Music Director. His musical and teaching skill, humour and dedication make the learning of challenging pieces not only achievable but also a thoroughly enjoyable experience while Paul Ayres, our brilliant accompanist, is an essential and highly valued part of our organisation.
Following the retirement for health reasons of our President Ian Caley in 2019, we were delighted that Dame Emma Kirkby agreed to become our President from January 2020. Dame Emma is of course one of the world's most famous and respected sopranos in the world.
Ian Caley is one of Britain's best-known and most versatile tenors with a repertoire stretching from Pre-Classical to contemporary. He became our President in 2009 having already been an active supporter and mentor for the choir for many years but felt compelled to retire from the role in 2019 on health grounds. We were delighted that at the beginning of 2022, he accepted our invitation to become our Vice President and we look forward very much to continuing our long and very happy association with him.
We hold Open Rehearsals quite regularly to which anyone with even a passing interest in joining the choir (or even just curiosity as to what we get up to on Monday evenings) is invited. However, anyone wishing to attend any of our rehearsals throughout the year - on a totally no obligation basis - will be extremely welcome. Just turn up or, if you wish, contact our Honorary Membership Secretary Olwen Moss for more information.
Follow this link for more details of how to join us and where we meet.
We are more than willing to offer our services for weddings and other functions either as a full choir or in smaller form, as appropriate. Please contact our music director, Simon Williams, for more information.