Welcome to the website of St Albans Choral Society. We are one of the leading amateur choirs in Hertfordshire, singing to a high standard in beautiful concert venues around St Albans and the surrounding area. Read on to find out more about our choir, our concerts, and how to join or support us.
Tickets are now on sale for our ever-popular Christmas concert on Sunday 11 December at 7pm at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans. The programme features a fabulous selection of carols for choir, audience and organ, together with seasonal readings, a major carol sequence and the world premiere of a brand new carol from an exciting young composer, Sarah Frances Jenkins. Visit our Concerts page for more details.
In our last concert on 13 November, St Albans Choral Society joined forces with Bushey Symphony Orchestra and four outstanding young soloists to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, British composer and all-round musical polymath.
Vaughan Williams was represented by two of his best-known choral works – the sublime ‘Serenade to Music’ to words by Shakespeare, written in 1938 as a tribute to conductor Sir Henry Wood, and his first major choral piece ‘Toward the Unknown Region’, a setting of Walt Whitman, premiered in Leeds in 1907.
Under Music Director George Vass, we also joined the BSO for the choral suite ‘In Windsor Forest’ from RVW’s 1929 opera ‘Sir John in Love’, from which his delightful ‘Fantasia on Greensleeves’ also features.
Other purely orchestral works in the concert included ‘The Banks of Green Willow’ – an evocative tone poem by Vaughan Williams’ great friend George Butterworth, killed in action in the First World War, and Frederick Delius’ prelude to his first opera ‘Irmelin’.
About our choir
St Albans Choral Society is one of the leading large amateur choirs in Hertfordshire, singing to a high standard in beautiful concert venues. We perform at least four concerts a year, including one in St Albans Abbey, with superb professional soloists and orchestras. We enjoy the strong leadership of our Music Director George Vass and our accompanist Richard Harvey. If you would like to join us, please get in touch.
“I really like our breadth of repertoire, from great classics to works by current British composers.” Bass
“Coming out to rehearsal every week, you meet people from all walks of life.” Soprano
“The music is challenging and uplifting, and the people are so friendly.” Alto
“I attended rehearsals at several choirs in the area and have to say that your choir won hands down for friendliness and a lovely welcoming approach.” New Member