Dulwich Choral Society


Registered Charity Number 264764

President Dame Emma Kirkby

Musical Director Aidan Oliver

Chairman Guy Collins

Membership Secretary Jane & Michael Palmer

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The choir will be presenting its autumn concert, Bach's Magnificat and Ascension Oratorio, at All Saints Church, West Dulwich on the evening of Saturday Nov. 30 at 7.30 p.m., in a continuation of a series of concerts marking our 75th anniversary.

The orchestra accompanying us will also be performing one  of the six Brandenburg Concertos, rounding out an all-Bach programme.

The concert will be led by Graham Ross, who is Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge.

Tickets for this even are available by clicking here.

Our Xmas charity concert will take place on Tuesday December 10th at St. Stephen's, Sydenham Hill, and will feature a mixture of traditional carols and less well-known seasonal music.

Our Spring 2020 concert will take place on Saturday, March 14th  at All Saints, West Dulwich. The programme will  feature Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Benjamin Britten's  cantata Saint Nicholas, and will be conducted by our Musical Director Aidan Oliver, who is also Chorus Director of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and Chorus  Director of Glyndebourne Opera.

We will also run a Come & Sing event on Saturday Feb. 1st,  2020 at St. Barnabas Church, Dulwich based around choral music for opera, part of our preparations for a summer Opera concert on Saturday June 20, 2020 at  JAGS Vaughan Williams Auditorium.  


Dulwich Choral Society, formed in 1944, is a thriving, friendly, auditioned choir that performs at least three concerts a year, including two with professional orchestras and top-class soloists. In the 2018-19 season we performed an ambitious programme encompassing Haydn and Vaughan Williams in Dulwich in late Autumn, followed by Mendelssohn's Elijah at the Cadogan Hall in the Spring, as well as Christmas and summer concerts. In addition to performing in the Dulwich area, the choir regularly appears more widely in central London and abroad, and a choir tour to Italy's Amalfi coast took place in October of last year.

Since 1998 the choir has undertaken tours to Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Germany and Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina; in 2014 the choir continued this tradition with a four day visit to Portugal, performing in Sintra and Lisbon, while in 2016 our singers visited Spain, focusing on the area around Madrid. Last year's tour took us to Sorrento, Salerno and Ravello. Closer to home the choir performs in several of the beautiful churches in and around Dulwich, and enjoys a strong local following. If you would like to support the choir, you can find details of our Friends and Patrons scheme here.

Major recent concerts have included Mendelssohn's Elijah at Cadogan Hall in April 2019, Haydn's Mass in Time of War and Vaughan Williams's Toward the Unknown Region at JAGS Vaughan Williams Auditorium in December 2018, Handel's Samson at All Saints West Dulwich in Spring 2018, Beethoven’s Mass in C at All Saints, Dulwich in December 2017, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Cadogan Hall in March 2017, Haydn’s Creation in Dulwich in October 2016 and the world premier of Jonathan Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin in the presence of the composer in March 2016. The choir has also recently performed both Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the beautiful surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich.