The Society was formed in 1927 with the objective of promoting choral music in the locality and of taking part in the annual Leith Hill Musical Festival www.lhmf.org.uk held in Dorking which at that time had already been running for more than 20 years.
Participation in the Leith Hill Musical Festival has always been at the heart of the Society's activities. We also give regular concerts in the summer and in the autumn, plus our very popular carol concerts in the village at Christmas at St Nicolas Church. Most of our concerts are performed locally in Bookham, Leatherhead or Dorking and we occasionally perform in other Surrey venues. A typical year looks like:
September - Mid November: Autumn Concert
November - December: Carol Concert
January - April: Leith Hill Concert
May - Mid July: Summer Concert
On the organised social side we usually have a late New Year's party in early January, (although in 2019 we swapped New Year for a Summer barbecue); and an annual fundraising coffee morning in March. On occasion we attend the Bookham Village Day. Our choir members also organise ad-hoc social events such as heading off to London to sing the Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with the Really Big Chorus!
Our season is split into three terms, running through from September to the end of June or early July. During that period we rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7.45pm - 9.45pm Due to Covid we did not meet in person from March 2020 until Summer 2021 but continued by zoom. We are delighted to have recommenced "in person" rehearsals at St Lawrence Church Hall, Browns Lane, Effingham KT24 5NL from September 2021. This venue is larger than our permanent home, Eastwick Road Church Hall in Eastwick Road, Great Bookham, Surrey KT23 4BE.
If the idea of singing choral music attracts you then why not come and sing with us - we are always keen to welcome new singers. The best time to join us is at the beginning of a new term i.e. September, January or May but we would be pleased to see you at any rehearsal. Rehearsals for the Spring Term 2022 commence 4th January 2022 at St Lawrence Church Hall Effingham.
We are proud to be a local, community based choir. Pre-covid we had approximately 80 members covering a wide age range. New members are always welcome. We have no auditions or other entry formalities; the only requirement is that you enjoy singing, can sing in tune and commit to regular attendance at rehearsals. We are particularly keen to welcome additional tenors.
Money Matters-subs for Autumn 2021
Members normally pay a combined subscription covering the Autumn and Spring season, but this can be split into two payments if required. However, as uncertainty remains around ongoing covid issues we have decided that the subs for our Autumn term 2021 will be £80 to include all rehearsals and music hire until we begin carols for our Christmas Concert.
Why not drop in on one of our rehearsals without commitment? We are rehearsing at St Lawrence Church Hall, Browns Lane, Effingham KT24 5NL (see map below). We'll be delighted to see new singers at 7.45pm.
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