Forest Row Choral Society is a friendly, non-audition choir of around 55 members that rehearses on Tuesday evenings at Forest Row Primary School and holds most of its concerts at Holy Trinity Church in Lewes Road.
It was founded in 1962 as the Michael Hall School Choral Society under its first director Cecil Cope. In 1985 Tom Scratchley took over and moved the choir into the centre of the village.
Under his direction, and with the support of our excellent accompanist Sylvia Trench, FRCS has developed into a true community choir open to all ages. Our two main concerts, normally held in April and November, feature either major choral works or a selection of items linked by theme or composer.
Professional soloists and musicians work with us ensuring a high standard of concert performance.
The choir holds a traditional Carol Concert in December and in the summer term we like to try something a little different. This year we performed the music of Sondheim, Cole Porter and Frank Loesser, a programme we repeated at the Forest Row Festival.
In November 2013 FRCS performed Benjamin Britten’s cantata Saint Nicolas, featuring top British tenor Mark Padmore — and we are delighted to announce that Mark, who lives locally, is now our president.
We welcome new members, whether from Forest Row or the surrounding areas, so if you would like to join us come to one of our Tuesday rehearsals and give it a try. For more information go to sing with us
FRCS meets from 8pm-10pm during term time at Forest Row Primary School in School Lane. For more information on how to sing with us, click here.
Meet some of the members of the choir
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