Conductor

This position is currently vacant, and we are actively looking to fill it.

The choir has been established for over 70 years. It is run by a voluntary committee, elected by the members. We are currently few in number (less than 20) largely due to concerns about singing again after the pandemic, and members moving away from the area. We are actively looking to recruit new members and we are keen to continue to make music together and enjoy the benefits it brings.


In the past we have sung a variety of music ranging from the sacred ie Mozart Requiem to Opera Choruses and madrigals. We have been fortunate to have strong leadership and we are looking to continue to learn and develop under a new Musical Director.


We meet on Monday evenings during term time from 7.45 – 9-45 pm in the United Reform Church hall, Ewell KT17 2BE. Our year usually includes termly public performances. We are looking to appoint a Musical Director who will be responsible for all musical aspects of the running of the choir. These will include choosing the repertoire, conducting rehearsals and concerts. He/she will be appointed by and accountable to the committee.
Remuneration is £70 per rehearsal, payable every half term.


For further information please see contact our chairperson Mrs Jean Adams on 02083935124, or margaret11adams@gmail.com

Accompanist

Colin Berry is our current accompanist. He is an organist at St Giles and St Georges in Ashtead.

The current team

Conductor: TBD

Chairperson: Jean Adams

Secretary: Ann Swepson

Treasurer: Rebecca Diboll

Website: Simon Williams

Choir History

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On Friday, 19th December 1941 a group of six air-raid wardens from the Stoneleigh District of Ewell agreed to form a choral group, to be called 'Post 17 choral Group'. One of the wardens, James Walker Washington, was appointed as conductor, and the annual music subscription set at two shillings and sixpence. The first rehearsal took place on 8th January 1942 at Mr Washington's house in Stoneleigh with a choir of ten singers.

The choir gradually grew larger and found an alternative rehearsal venue at a local church hall. At the second AGM on 20th January 1944, it was unanimously agreed that the name should  be changed to the 'Stoneleigh Choral Society'.

James Walker Washington continued to conduct the society until his death in 1950. He was succeeded by his son, J. Richard Washington, who was conductor for many years until his death in 1974. He was followed by Michael Power until 1977 and then local organist and choirmaster John Avery until 1987.

1987-1988: Several short term appointments

1988: Andrew Dunning

1989-98: Dominic McGonigal

1998-1999: Christopher Dawe

1999-2001: David Shields

2002: Richard Abrahams

2002-2004: Andrew Morley

2005: John Varney

2005-2008: Esther Jones

2008-2020: Nigel Perona-Wright