Surrey Heath Singers is a choir of 75 members. We stage at least three concerts each year – mostly with professional soloists and orchestra. What we all share is a love of music, singing and friendship. Our repertoire is varied and often challenging which gives us a great sense of achievement when we get it right! Mostly we perform the works of the great choral composers but we also embrace music from the lighter end of the spectrum performing pieces by Bernstein, Cole Porter and Lloyd Webber.
In 1986 two well established local choirs (Camberley Choral and France Hill) came together to form Surrey Heath Choral Society. Over the years, we have developed our desire to appeal to a wider audience and encourage members of all ages and ability. With the encouragement and direction of our previous Musical Director, Andrew Phillips not only have we broadened our singing repertoire but we have also become more involved with the local community. We are looking forward to working with our new MD, Ed Bonner, when Covid-19 restrictions allow us to rehearse again.
The choir has formed an association with local schools and with Frimley Park Hospital and is increasingly in demand to sing at private, civic and business functions throughout the borough.
To reflect these and our continuing development, we changed our name in September 2013 to Surrey Heath Singers and updated our image with a fresh new logo, website and concert wear. Surrey Heath Singers is a Registered Charity no. 1179358 under the name of Surrey Heath Choral CIO.
Two key people in our rehearsals and concerts are our Musical Director, Ed Bonner (from November 2020) and our accompanist,Geoffrey Tuson, to whom we are very grateful for their hard work and support in helping us achieve our aims.
We would love to have your support as a Friend of Surrey Heath Singers. For an annual donation of £10.00 (or more if you prefer) current friends enjoy the following benefits:
- A membership card and number (to be quoted when purchasing tickets)
- A reserved seat available when tickets are purchased in advance of the concert
- A free programme
- Early notification of future events and a copy of the SHS newsletter, In Harmony
- Your name/s listed in the concert programme for the next year
(This not only gives you well-deserved recognition for your help and support but also serves to encourage other people to become Friends) Download a Friends application form here: SHS Friends Application Form
Celebrate special occasions with live music from our choir! Let us entertain you, or create the ambience for your reception or party. We will work with you to make your special day a success, and to let you enjoy it stress-free, knowing we have taken care of everything. We sing in groups of any size, from 4 up to 80. We can arrange accompaniment, of any sort or we can sing unaccompanied (“a cappella” as it is known) in smaller numbers up to 12.
The rates depend on the number of people, the length of the musical programme and the type of accompaniment. There are extra costs if you want us to provide staging, PA system or lighting, all of which we can do. We do not charge VAT. We can sing out of doors as well as inside, in private homes, public spaces, business premises.
If you would like to book a choir, you need to give a minimum of 6 weeks notice of your requirements. To put on a programme, a choir has to be able to reserve the date for all key musicians, obtain the music scores of your chosen programme, and rehearse. We also need to make early site visits in order to assess everything, from logistics to acoustics, and, importantly, health and safety. Then we can advise you best about what will work for you.
To discuss your ideas and see if your vision can be put into practice, and get an estimate of costs, just contact us.
We are very grateful for the support given by a number of local firms who advertise in our programmes. We have received grants and sponsorship from several trusts, businesses and local authorities. For more information please click here.
Surrey Heath Singers is a Registered Charity no. 1179358 under the name of Surrey Heath Choral CIO.