Dorking Choral Society
Dorking Choral Society

The History of Dorking Choral Society

The Society has a long and varied history with origins as the former 'Dorking Chamber Musical Society' formed in 1872. Among a number of illustrious past Presidents was Her Grace, Lily, Duchess of Malborough in the early 1890's.

With a history of more than 140 years and the benefits gained from the experience of an eminent array of conductors, Dorking Choral Society is well established and has consistently appealed to both amateur singers and , through a broad range of repertoire, local audiences.

Over the years the Choir has been led by William Cole, William Llewellyn, Julian Armitage-Smith, Philip White, Ivor Setterfield, Justin doyle and Greg Batsleer and Hilary Campbell; not forgetting Renee Stewart and Vaughan Williams himself taking rehearsals in 1940.

All conductors have given the Society new opportunities and helped to secure its continued success.This is equally true of our present conductor, Richard Wilberforce who has ensured that the priorities to thoroughly enjoy our singing, strive for the highest standards and to be a warm and welcoming goup, are met.

As a thriving Choral Society with a long and varied history we can look to the future with confidence.