Ashford Choral Society has a membership of some 130 singers and traditionally gives three to four concerts each season, during the period September to April/May. Each year there is an opportunity to perform some of the major works in the choral repertoire together with leading soloists and a professional symphony orchestra. The conductor, Mark Deller, has an international reputation as a choral conductor, working especially with choirs in France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and South America.
Recent works performed by the Society have included Mozart’s Davidde penitente, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah in Canterbury and in Amiens Cathedral, and Tippett’s A Child of our Time. This season, the Choir has performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and celebrated Christmas with our traditional Carol Concert, raising over £1000 for the Cruse and Porchlight charities. More recently, we performed Bach’s St John Passion at St Mary’s Parish Church in Ashford – a venue the Choir has performed in for nearly 160 years.
For our final concert of the season, we shall be combining with Whitstable Choral Society for a performance of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Elgar’s The Spirit of England in Canterbury Cathedral.
Come and join us, either as a performer or as a member of the audience. And remember …. if you are a student, or under 25 years of age, it costs you nothing at all to become a member of the Society!