DCS singing Haydn’s Nelson Mass accompanied by organist Ben Lewis-Smith on Saturday 11 October

This article appeared in the jottings section of the Dorking and Villages magazine (circulated by post to all addresses in the area). This promises to be a very special event with our new conductor accompanied by organist Ben Lewis-Smith and performed in the evening by choir and 4 professional soloists.

In Dorking centre, Dorking Choral Society invites you to come and sing with their exciting newly appointed conductor Hilary Campbell. Hilary will take you through Haydn’s Nelson Mass accompanied by organist Ben Lewis-Smith on Saturday 11 October at United Reform Church, West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS. Registration 12.30pm, and sing from 1pm until 5.30pm with refreshment breaks. Then perform this beautiful work with Hilary and Ben and four professional soloists at 6.30pm. Invite your friends to come along and hear you. To sing £15; to hear the performance starting at 6.30pm £5 – pay on door.

For more details emailpeterchrisbeckley@tiscali.co.uk

BBC ‘The Choir’ conductor Hilary Campbell takes up the baton as MD of Dorking Choral Society

Dorking Choral Society are delighted to announce that Hilary Campbell, Musical Director of P&O Ferries Choir – the group who won the recent BBC2 series The Choir  – has been appointed MD of DCS, and takes up the baton with rehearsals starting this September.  

Hilary Campbell is a freelance musician based in London, and is founder and director of professional chamber choir Blossom Street, a guest conductor with Radio 4’s BBC Daily Service Singers, conductor of several office choirs and Assistant Conductor of the 300 strong Barts Choir.  As well as working with several other choruses, she is Musical Director of P&O Ferries Choir, the group who won the recent BBC2 series The Choir: Sing While You Work 2, whom she met whilst filming for the series.

Hilary gained a Distinction for an MMus in Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Patrick Russill.  Following her studies, she returned as the Meaker Fellow 2012-13, the first choral conductor to have been thus honoured.

This summer, Hilary acts as the committee chair for a brand new choral festival in London.  Celebrating the extraordinary range of choral diversity on offer in the capital and beyond, the Voices of London Festival 2014 showcases ensembles of all shapes and sizes, from community choruses and youth choirs to professional chamber choirs and operatic ensembles.

In addition to her regular conducting work, Hilary also acts as an adjudicator, choral workshop leader and guest conductor.  With Blossom Street, she has released two award winning Naxos recordings, and she is also a published composer.

“I very much look forward to commencing as Musical Director of Dorking Choral Society in the autumn,” said Hilary. Barbara Christopher, Chairman of Dorking Choral Society added “We are delighted to have appointed Hilary, and look forward to welcoming all DCS voices – and of course any new voices who wish to join us – when we start rehearsals again on 10 September”.

Dorking Choral Society is a non auditioned choir that strives for the highest standards, and is a warm and welcoming group. We meet at Powell Cordery School, Dorking on Wednesday evenings, 7:45 to 9:45pm. If you would like to join us, please do get in touch:

Chairman: Barbara Christopher01306 884656 barbarachristopher121@gmail.com
Secretary: Chris Beckley 01403 240093 peterchrisbeckley@tiscali.co.uk

Monteverdi’s Vespers – fine Early Music musicians performing in Dorking, 10th November

Some of the finest musicians in the Early Music scene come together for this performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers.  Among them are renowned players for this repertoire who appear on some of the most prestigious recordings of the piece.  There are members of the QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble, and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dunedin Consort, Gabrieli Consort and Players, and the English Baroque Soloists.  The ‘Monteverdi’ violins played tonight are George Stoppani copies of a Brothers Amati 1595 model especially commissioned for a recording of the Vespers and the only two of their kind in the country.

Monteverdi Vespers – Saturday 10th Nov 2012 with Theorbo, Sackbutt and Cornetto …

Theorbo, Sackbutt and Cornetto … Are you thinking ice creams? Or TV cartoon characters? The truth is actually far more interesting; these are fascinating period Baroque instruments that will be part of the Baroque Orchestra joining Dorking Choral Society, St Teresa’s Senior Chamber Choir, and seven young professional soloists for a performance of the renowned Monteverdi Vespers in Dorking.

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) is one of the first great composers whose name and music are familiar to modern audiences. Written in 1610, the Vespers – perhaps more user friendly than the full title of ‘Mass to the Most Holy Virgin for six voices for church choirs, and Vespers for many voices, together with some sacred harmonies suitable for chapels or princely chambers’ – was rediscovered in the twentieth century and soon established as one of the earliest masterpieces of western music.

A warm welcome awaits you to see and hear these intriguing instruments – and of course Dorking Choral Society, together with the pure sound of voices from St Teresa’s Effingham – under the baton of Conductor Gregory Batsleer, for what promises to be an evocative evening in the acoustic setting of St Martin’s Church Dorking, 7:30pm on Saturday 10th November 2012.

For tickets (£15) please contact Nick Hudson at the Box Office: Tel: 01306 888014 email: njhuds@yahoo.co.uk or on the door.





Come & Sing Vivaldi ‘Gloria’ – Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival

DCS Come and Sing application

Would you like to sing Vivaldi ‘Gloria’ with a professional conductor and soloists?

Then, as part of the Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival, join Dorking Choral Society and conductor Gregory Batsleer for an open-to-all ‘Come & Sing’.

It’s on Saturday 20th October 2012 at Dorking United Reformed Church.

For more details, please use this application form: Vivaldi Gloria Come & Sing Flyer 20th Oct



A warm Thank You to all who joined in our ‘Medal-y’ last Saturday

A warm thank you to all who joined in our ‘Medal-y’ on Saturday, whether you were singing, picnicking and taking part in the games. Medals were (reasonably) fairly won, competitive spirits were (definitely) revealed, and strawberries were (hugely) consumed. The weather was kind to us, in an English sort of way, and ensured we finished the season in good spirits!

Thanks to all who helped make this possible; everyone may not realise that even a family friendly event such as this requires chair & piano movers, programme printing, music ordering, ticket money handling, etc etc – this list goes on and on. If ever you feel able to help even in a small way with some of these concert tasks, please do say so; you will be welcomed with open arms. A mention in dispatches for the Games Organiser Supremo, Barbara, for inspired fun, summed up the evening.

We must highlighting the Rachmaninov pieces performed by our Stephen Meakins, which were simply stunning; we will ensure he keeps us in the picture regarding the project that he mentioned.

We round off the Summer with our AGM this coming Wed 4th July; usual time place i.e. 7:45 Powell Cordoroy. Hope to see as many as possible for natters & nibbles.

A Summer Medal-y and Olympic Challenges from DCS

DCS are hosting a family evening of music, picnic and (optional!) fun games; all with a hint of sporting themes. It’s on Saturday 30th June at 6pm at the Friends Life Sports Club and tickets are £10 from DCS members or on the door. Please bring a picnic and the Sports Club bar will be available to all for drinks.

After the concert will be a series of light-hearted Olympic Challenges. Enter the competitions to win a gold, silver or bronze medal!!

For further information or offers of help call Barbara on 01306 884656.

Leith Hill Musical Festival 2012


Leith Hill Music Festival 2012In our next event, Dorking Choral Society will be competing in the Leith Hill Musical Festival 2012. DCS are in Division 3 of the Festival along with choral societies from Epsom, Horsley and Leatherhead.

This year’s event takes place on 12 April 2012 at the Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking and we will be performing:

Fauré – Requiem
Karl Jenkins – Gloria
Pilkington – Rest, sweet nymphs
Whitacre – The seal lullaby
Martin – Come to the fair
Vaughan Williams – Sound sleep
Moeran – Good wine

The soloists are Rachel Redmond (Soprano) and Jon Stainsby (Baritone) and the English Festival Orchestra conducted by Brian Kay. Special guest on the night will be Karl Jenkins, there to see and hear his Gloria performed.

The competition for the Societies starts at 9:00am and the evening concert begins at 7:30pm.

Tickets are available from DCS or call the Festival on 01403 240093 or via the LHMF website.