Stroud Choral Society
Welcome to the home page for Stroud Choral Society. We’re one of the oldest amateur choirs in the country and have been performing in front of audiences in Stroud and beyond since 1834.
With around 100 members, we aim to present at least four concerts a year, and rehearse in the music block at Marling School on Monday evenings. We’re friendly, welcoming, and love our social events almost as much as our singing! If you are interested in joining us, please contact us, we are currently looking for sopranos, tenors and basses.
We ended the 2021-2022 season with a concert of English Choral favourites performed alongside Stroud Choral's Youth Choir. However, some of the choir will be on tour in the Netherlands where we will perform the repertoire again at three fabulous churches.
This season, we also held concerts at Tewkesbury Abbey where we perfromed Haydn's Creation in November, a concert of Christmas favourites at St Laurence’s Church, Stroud with our children’s choir, The Minpins. The Lent term’s project was Handel’s wonderful oratorio Judas Maccabeaus.
Next season, rehearsals will start early September and we will be singing Handel's Messiah in November.
Listen to one of our recordings of the lovely
Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré
Our next concert
Saturday 19th November at 7:30pm
Tickets will go on sale in the Autumn
Our summer programme
On Saturday 18th June 2022 Stroud Choral Society performed a concert of English choral music in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The programme included such choral favourites as ‘As torrents in summer’ by Elgar, ‘Three Elizabethan Songs’ by Gloucestershire born composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and the work of another great Gloucestershire composer, Sir Hubert Parry, his great anthem ‘Hear my words’,
The concert opened with Handel’s Coronation Anthem ‘Zadok the Priest’, performed at every coronation since 1727, and ended with Stanford’s magnificent setting of the ‘Te Deum’.
Stroud Choral Society will be going on tour at the end of July to The Netherlands where there will be three further performances of this fabulous, uplifting concert programme.
Youth choirs show us how it should be done!
Watch our talented youngsters performing a variety of songs in their summer concert recorded earlier this year on YouTube. This 30 minute concert is sure to lift your heart and soul!
The children have all worked so hard to produce this concert and normally this would be our main fundraiser of the year with people paying £10 a ticket to watch. If you feel you are able to make a donation to secure the future of the choir we would be very grateful. Thank you.
Stroud Choral Society
Stroud Choral Society was founded in 1834 and therefore is one of the oldest choral societies in Britain. However, we are always moving with the times and in recent years have formed a childrens choir - The Minpins - and a youth choir. Both groups sing with us occasionally and also have their own concert programme.
Typically we perform four major concerts throughout the year, singing in venues such as Tewkesbury Abbey, Cirencester Parish Church of St John Baptist and Minchinhampton Church.
Our repertoire in recent years has included Beethoven's Mass in C, Dvorak requiem, Bach's St John Passion The German Requiem by Brahms and The Chichester Psalms by Leonard Berstein.
Want to know more or possibly sing with us? Please visit the Contact Details page.
The Next Generation
Stroud Choral Society are proud to have under their umberella The Minpins - our childrens choir and the Stroud Choral Youth Choir.
The Minpins sing with the main choir at our Christmas concert and the Youth Choir with us at our summer concert. Meanwhile, they have many concerts in their own right locally during the rest of the year.
Rehearsals are on a Tuesday evening in Nailsworth. If you would like more information, take a look at their dedicated page or follow the link below.