Canterbury Choral Society has forged a reputation for outstanding levels of performance, and is established as one of the most accomplished groups of its kind in the South East.
Admired for its quality of sound, ensemble, and intonation, it is a symphonic choir and a magnet for performers from many walks of life for which Canterbury can be justly proud. The formation of the CCS Youth Choir in 2007 has provided another platform of excellence for younger voices.
Led by distinguished Music Director Richard Cooke since 1984, and now in his 40th year, the Society performs four major concerts in Canterbury Cathedral every year, and hosts Family Carols at Christmas. CCS has also performed a major concert each year in the Canterbury Festival since its launch in 1984. It has appeared in cities in northern France, (Verdi’s Requiem in Boulogne and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in Lille). It has given performances of Mahler’s 8th and Berlioz’ Grande Messe des Morts (with the RPO) in the Royal Albert Hall, and in 2005 made a live recording of Elgar’s The Apostles for commercial CD production, together with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
CCS has maintained an ambitious level of programming alongside the more regular choral repertoire.
Canterbury Choral Society is a progressive charity that seeks to engage the next generation and support the future of musical excellence, recognising its cultural and social significance. By providing accessible music training and performing great choral works, we transfer musical appreciation and expertise from older to younger generations through our members and the audiences that attend our concerts.
Whilst aiming for a standard of professionalism, Canterbury Choral Society remains in essence an amateur choir open to all who apply and pass an audition. Members may briefly reflect on their achievements after concerts, but a challenge awaits them the following Tuesday when they begin rehearsals for their next performance.
Whilst achieving professional standards, Canterbury Choral Society remains an amateur choir open to all who apply and pass an audition. We invite enquiries from anyone who might like to join us.