Background

The Chesterton Choral Society started in 1964 as a local community choir in Chesterton, North-East Cambridge.

Mr Don Flory has been our Honorary President, and Christine Sansom our Vice-President, since February 2013. Christine noted “It was a great honour and privilege when I was invited to be Vice-President of the Choral Society. Previously I had been an active singing member for 40 years, being on the Committee, Music Librarian and Archivist during that time and with pride have seen the choir grow in stature. Hopefully I can be involved for many more years.” Christine was joined as vice president by Rosemary Tice and Martin Harvey in 2016. Both were long standing choir members.

Joint charity events

We have now twice teamed up with the Cambridge Concert Orchestra for special charity events. The first was in 2008, a Grand Charity Concert in Cambridge Guildhall, which included ‘Be Still, my Soul’ from Sibelius’ Finlandia, and a selection from ‘My Fair Lady’.

Then again in March 2011, under the title ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, at West Road Concert Hall, when we performed with the orchestra Verdi’s ‘Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves’ from Nabucco, a setting by our Director of Music Quintus Benziger of Fauré’s Pavane to words by Shakespeare, and a selection of music by Richard Rodgers, as well as each performing other pieces.

Conductors / Directors of Music

Sidney Perrin 1964 and 1965
Donald Faux 1965 and 1966 – 1969
Margaret Owen 1970
Cedric Haslop 1970
Cyril Strevens 1971 – 1978 and 1980
Clive Grant 1978
Peter Stearn 1979
Colin Ashurst 1981 – 1983
Jeremy Wong 1984 – 1988
Jeannette Bannon 1988
Eileen Halstead 1988 – 1998
Greg McKenzie 1999 – 2005
Mark Aldous 2005
Quintus Benziger 2005 – Present

Accompanists

Mr P. Jacobs 1964
Donald Faux 1965
Dorothy Garwood 1966 – 2005
Mark Roberts 2006 – 2007
Xiaotian Shi 2008 – 2009
Edward Lilley 2010 – 2012
Peter Luck 2012 – 2013
Joanna Blakeman 2013 – Present

Presidents

Ludovic Stewart 1967 – 1969
Cedric Haslop 1972
Anthony Burch 1973 – 1978
Reg. Smith 1979 – 1982 and 1998
Cyril Strevens 1994 – 1997
Dorothy Garwood 2006 – 2012
Don Flory 2013 – Present

Chairs

Cedric Haslop 1964 – 1969
Reg. Smith 1970 – 1971, 1976, 1990 – 1995
Mr. L. Fields 1972 – 1973
Mrs E. Mason 1974 – 1976
Mr. Hale 1977
Mrs Hardy 1978 – 1979
Irene Hardy 1980 – 1982
Betty Adams 1983 – 1985
John Dent 1986 – 1988
David Cole 1989
Michael Huss 1996 – 1999
Angela Agarwala 2001 – 2004
Margaret Ingram 2005 – 2007
Ann Bradfield 2008 – 2010
Andrew Wilson 2011 – 2015
Ann Bradfield 2015 – Present