Welcome to Forest Row Choral Society

Join the choir

We do not audition - just come along!

The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 8pm to 10pm during term time at Forest Row Primary School. We welcome anyone who wishes to sing with us. There are no auditions and rehearsals are paced so that learning can be by ear. The ability to read music is desirable.  Our terms broadly align with Forest Row Primary School’s term dates.

New term starts at 8pm on Tuesday 10th September.

About Forest Row Choral Society

Forest Row Choral Society is a friendly, non-audition choir of around 55 members that rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 8pm – 10pm, at Forest Row Primary School and holds most of its concerts at Holy Trinity Church in Lewes Road.

The Summer term starts at 8pm on Tuesday 16th April 2024 with our musical director Rodney Earl Clarke who has taken over following Tom Scratchley’s retirement. We also welcome new accompanist Anthony Zerpa-Falcon who replaces Sylvia Trench.

The choir was founded in 1962 as the Michael Hall School Choral Society under its first director Cecil Cope. In 1988 Tom took over and, with Sylvia, moved the choir into the centre of the village. Under their direction and guidance FRCS 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.  

We are delighted that top British tenor Mark Padmore – who lives locally – is our president and has performed various key roles in FRCS concerts since 2013.

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 click here

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