1969 was a momentous year - first man on the moon, first Monty Python, first jumbo jet flight and the Beatles gave their last live performance. As one musical age ended, another began, as Coulsdon’s Chandos Choir was born, and in October this year we celebrated our Golden Anniversary.
From the beginning our objective has been “educating the public in the art and science of music” – while giving entertainment and enjoyment to our members and audience alike. In 50 years, our repertoire has evolved but remained true to our classical roots. Works by the great composers are now blended with an eclectic mix of styles from early music right through to modern musicals, sometimes in the same concert!
We welcome all who share our love of making good and interesting music in a friendly and supportive environment. We foster talent locally and encourage musicians in the early stages of their career, whether they are a singer, instrumentalist or conductor. And we are blessed with the extraordinary gifts of our choirmaster of 10 years, Robert Randall whose musical multi-tasking is the stuff of legend
We are very community minded and every year we support a local good cause with a collection at our Christmas Concert and then by an evening’s carol singing at Tesco in Purley to raise money. Our partner charities have included cancer relief, riding for the disabled, educating young people on the dangers of drugs and environmental charities
As times and fashions have changed the Chandos Choir has changed too and will continue to adapt. One thing that won’t change, however, is the joy that we have in singing great music and sharing that with our audience
We meet at Coulsdon Methodist Church Hall, Brighton Road, Coulsdon CR5 2BE on MONDAY evenings at 7.45pm, closing at 9.45pm with a break part-way through for tea, cake and social.
If you would like to sing with us, please contact us through the website, or just come along to try us. We are also listed on the gerontius.net choral web portal and you can also see our future concerts in the gerontius.net concert diary and in the Making Music website https://www.makingmusic.org.uk in the events section