About Hillingdon Choral Society

Welcome to the home page of the Hillingdon Choral Society. We are a friendly and hard-working choir of about 70 voices who celebrated 35 years in 2016. We rehearse on Monday evenings at the United Reformed Church in Swakeleys Road, Ickenham, and we perform three concerts each year.

New members are always made very welcome. We don't hold auditions, and while an ability to read music certainly helps, it is not always essential. The first term is half-price for new members so they have a proper chance to settle in and see if our choir is for them.

A printable version of the 2019-20 diary is available for download.

The members of the HCS all have at least two interests - the enjoyment of singing, and the performance of choral works for local audiences!

The repertoire is varied with an average of three concerts per year. Winter concerts usually consist of classical music with Christmas carols; in Spring we often perform sacred music around Eastertime; and the summer concerts generally tend to feature a lighter programme, such as opera choruses or songs from the shows.

Over the years, we have performed the works of composers ranging alphabetically from Bach to Vivaldi by way of Cherubini, Elgar, Orff, Lehar, Poulenc, and Rutter. Our conductor is still Peter J Williams, who was in on the founding of the Society in 1980. Sometimes we concentrate on one major work, on other occasions, several are featured.

The Choir also arranges regular social events such as Christmas parties, boat trips, and quiz suppers.

The HCS has an impressive list of overseas tours, including Germany, Belgium, Holland, Czech Republic, Austria and Hillingdon's twin town in France, Mantes la Jolie, where we went for the Three Choir Festival in 2003. We have most recently returned from a very successful tour to Luxembourg in 2019. The previous tour was to Holland in 2016: see our photos page.

The HCS is often invited to sing at local charity or other events. In recent years we have sung Christmas carols at the Harefield Dogs' Home, joined in a Help for Heroes concert at St Martin's Church in Ruislip, and sung at the opening of a new peace garden at the Cherry Lane Cemetery.