Upcoming Performances

ACS TOUR
May 2024

On Wednesday 29th May we travel to our hotel in Chianciano Terme in Italy to begin a 5-day sight-seeing and concert tour. Three concerts will be given at the cathedrals of Citta della Pieve, Perugia and Pienza. We will be accompanied by our Musical Director Andrew Storey, soprano soloist Helen Pritchard and organist John Carnelley.

Saturday 22 June

2pm

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

Celebrating 100 Years

Come and join us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, with a thirty-minute programme of music performed at our beloved rehearsal venue. This will be part of an afternoon of performances by various local groups. 

Free Entry

Saturday 21 September

10am – 12 noon

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

Come and Sing Fauré’s Requiem!

Join us for this fun, free, two-hour morning event open to all, as we celebrate again the 100th anniversary of our regular rehearsal venue – the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall.

Free Entry

Saturday 9 November

7.30pm

St Martin’s Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX

Fauré’s Requiem & Haydn’s Nelson Mass

Perhaps the most gentle and consoling of all Requiems, Gabriel Fauré achieved some of his most beautiful melodies in  this popular choral work. Fauré himself described his Requiem as “a lullaby of death,” and it was almost certainly inspired by the death of his parents in the 1880s. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Fauré had no clear religious beliefs and thus, in place of the sombre nature of many requiems that had gone before, Fauré’s is noted for its calm, serenity and peace. Here we find musical solace in a work that focuses not on the morbid, but on the supposedly restful and fear-free nature of death, brought to us with the most glorious, rich and soulful melodies.

Haydn’s Nelson Mass is one of the six masses written near the end of his life and it has been suggested to be his greatest single composition. Originally entitled ‘Mass for Troubled Times’, Haydn’s mighty choral work is now forever associated with Admiral Horatio Nelson’s victory over Napoleon. So, despite the menacing opening which leads into the dramatic depiction of danger and agitation, the prevailing mood of the Nelson Mass is one of triumphant victory and jubilation. Unlike Fauré, Haydn was a deeply religious man who once observed, ‘At the thought of God my heart leaps for joy, and I cannot help my music doing the same.’ One can’t help considering that the sparkling vitality of the Nelson Mass is the very epitome of that statement.

Remaining 2024/25 Season Dates (repertoire tbc)

  • 7th December 2024 (Carols for Charity)
  • 8th March 2025
  • 24th May 2025