Forest Row Choral Society draws singers from a wide area as well as from the village.
FRCS President Mark Padmore is an internationally famous tenor renowned for his performances of the evangelist roles of the Bach Passions and the music of Benjamin Britten. He was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and on graduating began a flourishing career in opera, concert, recital and recording. He has sung in leading ensembles such as The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and the Hilliard Ensemble. In 2013 he took the part of Captain Vere in Britten's Billy Budd at the Glyndebourne Festival.
Tom Scratchley took over as director in 1985 and moved the choir into the centre of the village. Tom's history with music started as a boy chorister at the age of 7, moving on to play the clarinet, teach and then become Head of Vocal Studies at Bromley Youth Music Trust. Tom has walked the entire coast of Great Britain, singing and involving local children and church communities on his journey.
Sylvia Trench is our excellent pianist. She was principal clarinet with the Kent Youth Orchestra, and has a music degree from Manchester University and diplomas from the Royal Northern College, studying both piano and clarinet. After teaching in Greece she settled in Sussex, to raise a family and work with music in many ways, her greatest love being accompanying. She is also a very keen walker, having completed 500 miles of the Camino to Santiago di Compostela, fundraising for the Charity Musequality.
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