CANCELLED 😫 *** Spring Concert 25th April'20

UNFORTUNATELY THE THREAT OF CORONAVIRUS HAS FORCED US TO CANCEL THIS CONCERT.

HOWEVER, WE DO PLAN TO RESCHEDULE THE PERFORMANCE TO OUR AUTUMN 2020 CONCERT.

Our concert in April has a Royal theme in the first half, in which we will sing Coronation Anthems covering three centuries. We will perform the Hallelujah Chorus, Zadok the Priest and Parry's I was Glad along with works by Childs, Purcell and Elgar.

50th Anniversary Concert 1969-2019

A Birthday Party needs someone who is having a birthday (or anniversary); some guests; and ....cake! (see picture).
Our Autumn concert marked the 50th anniversary for the choir and the 10th anniversary for our Choirmaster, Robert Randall.

We performed Faure’s Requiem and Messe Basse and two pieces by Vivaldi - his Gloria and Credo in E minor.

As the concert marked 50 years for Chandos Choir we welcomed back previous members to join us in celebration, both in the choir and the audience! The Chairman of the choir addressed the audience as follows:

The Downlands Trust is our 2019/20 charity

The Downlands Trust is a volunteer-run charitable trust formed in November 2008. Its objectives are to conserve the natural environment through management of the countryside, and to advance education in conservation across Northeast Surrey and adjoining parts of South London. A major focus is to look after the rare and environmentally important chalk grasslands on the North Downs through its support of the Downlands Partnership’s conservation grazing project, which currently manages over 150 sheep as well as goats and cattle. The Trust’s main activities are:

The HR Taylor Charitable Trust

The Chandos Choir is delighted to announce a generous and much-needed financial donation from the HR Taylor Charitable Trust. This organisation has the aim of encouraging the performance of live classical music in Surrey and adjacent areas.

The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust was established in 1997 for the advancement of public education in, and appreciation of, the art and science of Music and allied performing arts.

10th Anniversary Presentation

Our long-suffering Conductor, Robert Randall, was rewarded for his 10 years of leadership of our choir with a charming cartoon of him in full, multi-tasking action. At our Golden Anniversary concert we had a bit of fun at his expense by inviting members of the audience to come up with a caption for the picture. First prize was a bottle of wine and two ticket for our Christmas concert. We had some good entries but Robert judged the best to be Jennifer Sturdy's entry, picking up on the bus driver theme: "Just a minuet - that'll cost a tenor"

Money raised for Downlands Trust Dormice

Dormouse

Happy Valley is a nationally important site for wildlife that has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and more recently a National Nature Reserve (NNR). The site has a resident population of Hazel Dormice, which are a nationally rare and protected species (see picture). These are monitored every summer using 50 wooden nestboxes, which are sited throughout the woodland.