Epsom Choral Society (ECS) was founded in 1922 with the aim of bringing education and public performances to the people of Epsom, Ewell and neighbouring areas. Next year is our centenary – a cause for celebration!
There are now 80-100 members of ECS and we usually put on at least four concerts each year and take part in the Leith Hill Musical Festival in Dorking.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have managed to continue to sing – at first using Zoom, meeting every week and making two online recordings. When we were allowed to meet in small groups, we rehearsed in person in St Martin's Church, in a member's garden and even in a local car park (a photograph of the latter appearing in the Daily Telegraph). Our 99th season ended with a concert in the car park – Songs from the Shows, which was livestreamed on our Facebook page and on the ‘What’s on in Epsom’ website. It was an exciting end to a difficult year.
Outside of the pandemic, potential new singers are welcome to come and try us out at the beginning of each term. We do not audition but we do aim for high performance standards. Some previous experience would be useful and an ability to read music is invaluable in order to learn all the music in the time available.
Rehearsals generally take place in Church House at St Martin’s Church, Epsom, on Wednesday evenings. The yearly schedule has three 'terms', normally starting on the first Wednesday in September, the second Wednesday in January and with no break at Easter.
We enjoy not only our singing but also our social activities and carol singing for charity at the Ashley Centre. There is usually an annual trip abroad, which we hope will be resumed when possible.
If you are thinking of joining us, please contact our Membership Secretary
We are a registered charity (No: 273757)
During lockdown we were able to stream a performance live from a car park of Songs from the Shows including My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Les Mis. To watch the performance, click on the picture or here.