First established in 1946 and has continued uninterrupted to this day. We are a very friendly choir and if you are interested in singing for fun, you can just come along to one of our Monday evening rehearsals. You will be made very welcome and it is easy to make friends in the choir. The choir performs in concerts four times a year, with repertoire ranging from classical to Jazz masses, folk songs to Requiems. A recent highlight was a sell-out concert at St. Lawrence Whitchurch, where the choir performed a Chandos Anthem by Handel in the building in which it was premiered. They regularly work with soloists and instrumentalists, and look forward to concerts in the 2023-24 season including German gems, our Christmas concert, and Benjamin Britten’s cantata ‘St Nicolas’ in Spring 2024.
We welcome new singers in each of the parts – soprano, alto. tenor and bass. Our members come from Stanmore, Harrow, Kenton, Pinner, Ruislip, Watford, Bushey, Barnet, Edgware, Burnt Oak, Colindale, Hendon, Wembley and Mill Hill. Find out more about joining us.
Our next Concert 2024: St. Nicolas, Benjamin Britten’s dramatic cantata.
On Saturday 23rd March 2024 at 7pm, at St. Mary-the-Virgin, Kenton, HA3 8EJ.
Get your tickets now by ordering online, emailing us at or by phone: 07740 166809.
Tickets can also be purchased on the door, but we cannot guarantee availability.
A brief history
Stanmore Choral Society was established soon after the end of World War II. The aim then, as now, was to provide an opportunity for singers in and around Stanmore to study and perform good music of all kinds. The first concert was a performance of Elgar’s The Music Makers, followed later by Mendelssohn’s Elijah. After seven years the founding conductor, Francis Lark, handed over the baton to Irene Pyke by which time the choir was dedicated to two major performances a year. Miss Pyke went on to lead the choir for 30 years, extending its repertoire to works dating from the 16th century to modern times.
By the time Richard Bourne took over in 1983 the choir comprised 80 voices and put on concerts with full orchestral accompaniment. Richard was succeeded by David Gould in 1999, a professional singer with The Cardinall’s Musick, who was well known to the choir. David introduced the choir to new composers such as William Lloyd Webber (Divine Compassion) and some challenging works such as Festival Te Deum and Rejoice in the Lamb by Britten. There was also a memorable joint concert in Spanish and English with Agora Chorale from Segovia in December 2000.
David left to further his professional singing career in June 2004 and was succeeded by Keith Roberts who started in the autumn. Keith moved north in the summer of 2005 and Denny Lister was invited to become music director. Sadly, he fell ill and died late that autumn before he could conduct his first concert. Local conductor Robin Walker from Bushey stepped in at the last moment to conduct Messiah. Nick Austin became music director in September 2006, conducting Faure’s Requiem in his first concert, and remaining with the choir until 2019. The choir were led through the Covid pandemic by Harry Bradford, then the choir’s Assistant Musical Director and accompanist, James Mooney-Dutton, before the current Musical Director, Alexander Turner started in April 2021.
Stanmore Choral Society is affiliated to Making Music, and is a registered charity (No 1174548)