Missa Solemnis

Saturday 18 June 2022

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Audience review:

‘best Fauré Requiem I ever heard. Wonderful from start to finish’

Fauré Requiem
Saturday 30 April 2022

Next open rehearsal and auditions:
Tuesday 21 June 2022

Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Cathedral concerts since 1951

Canterbury Choral Society has forged a reputation for outstanding levels of performance and is one of the most accomplished choral societies in South East England.

Admired for its quality of sound, ensemble and intonation, Canterbury Choral Society is a symphonic choir of which Canterbury can be proud. Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir, formed in 2007, has provided a platform of excellence for younger voices which, like the adult choir, tackles repertoire in a wide variety of languages including German, Latin, Russian and occasionally English.

Led by our Music Director Richard Cooke since 1984, we perform four concerts and host Family Carols at Christmas in Canterbury Cathedral every year. Canterbury Festival has invited us to perform every year since its launch in 1984.

Whilst aiming for professional standards, Canterbury Choral Society is an amateur choir open to all who apply and pass an audition. If you would like to join us, come along to the open rehearsal on the Tuesday following each concert (except Family Carols).


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Missa Solemnis

Saturday 18 June 2022

Richard Cooke conductor
Canterbury Choral Society
Judith Howarth soprano
Madeleine Shaw mezzo-soprano
James Gilchrist tenor
Jimmy Holliday bass

Canterbury Cathedral

JS Bach
Mass in B minor

Saturday 29 October 2022
Canterbury Festival
London Handel Orchestra
Miriam Allan, soprano
David Allsopp, counter-tenor
Nicholas Madden, tenor
Tristan Hambleton, bass

Family Carols

Saturday 10 December 2022 7pm
Festival Brass Ensemble
David Newsholme, organ


Saturday 21 January 2023
Hanover Band

JS Bach
St John Passion

Saturday 18 March 2023
Hanover Band

Hebrides Overture
Hear My Prayer
German Requiem

Saturday 17 June 2023
London Mozart Players
Rebecca Lea, soprano
Tristan Hambleton, bass

Concert reviews

Vivaldi Gloria & Haydn Nelson Mass
23 January 2016

From the Manager of the ECO

“The ECO loved working with you and the Canterbury Choral Society and their youth choir – what a fantastic combined chorus they made, definitely the best amateur chorus we have worked with in a very long time. Tom also observed that the choir management were terrific to work with on the day. You chose great soloists too!”