Stanmore Choral Society

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Stanmore Choral Society is proud to present diverse programmes, from classical to Jazz masses, folk songs to Requiems. Our spring concert featured Benjamin Britten’s cantata ‘St Nicolas’ in Spring 2024, accompanied by singers and instrumentalists from Brent Music Service who delighted the audience with their talent.  A hard act to follow, but with summer on the way, our thoughts turn to the sea.

Our next concert:

On 29th June, we will be performing Down to The Sea, a selection of songs themed around the ocean, at St John the Evangelist Church, Stanmore.  Marking 100 years since the death of Charles Villiers Stanford, we will sing his ‘Songs of the Fleet’ as well as works by Parry and Sumsion. There will also be excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ and ‘HMS Pinafore’, as St. John’s Stanmore is where the librettist is buried.  You’ll enjoy the peace of the graveyard, where Gilbert’s memorial is a feature, and the interior of this lovely church. 

Get your tickets now and come along to support us.  Even better, come to our Monday rehearsals and be part of the choir – we are looking for new singers and will help you settle in and get to know this interesting music.

Get your tickets now by ordering online, emailing us at or by phone: 07740 166809. Tickets are also available from members.

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.

Contact the choir to find out more about joining us and about upcoming performances.

Stanmore Choral Society is affiliated to Making Music, and is a registered charity (No 1174548)