Royal Choral Society

Royal Choral Society

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Royal Choral Society

The Royal Choral Society was formed in 1872 and is one of the most prestigious choirs in London with a reputation for excellence and versatility. It is an audition choir and has a membership of around 200 with ages ranging from 17 to 80 and aims to bring a high standard of choral performance to the ears of people from all walks of life.

Recent years have seen a huge increase in the number and variety of engagements undertaken by the RCS. In addition to the classical repertoire, members have taken part in new and sometimes surprising ventures. This summer the RCS was selected to sing at the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall, the 25th commemoration of the Falklands War, the first classical concert at the O2 arena, an opera gala evening at Crystal Palace and the final evening concert of the Rochester Festival. The choir regularly performs at the Royal Albert Hall and next year on 21st March 2008 will give their 130th Good Friday performance of the Messiah.

The RCS has therefore attracted sponsorship in the past for individual concerts. Previous sponsors have been J P Morgan, English Heritage, the NSPCC and Waitrose. Like many arts organisations, the Royal Choral Society receives no official funding or grant of any kind and is always looking for sponsorship to enable it to extend its range of both music and audience. Members pay an annual subscription and also finance tours abroad themselves. In recent years to Cape Cod and Malta.