About Highgate Choral Society

Having been around for nearly 140 years, Highgate Choral Society knows a thing or two about staging quality concerts. We’re one of the longest established amateur choirs, bringing the best in choral music to the people of North London.

Although our regular concert homes are local, we also occasionally venture into central London, performing at the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral. With classical music promoter Raymond Gubbay, we’re regular performers at the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican supporting choral classics such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Choral’.

We sing a wide variety of choral music, from the more popular choral pieces to newly-commissioned works by Julian Knight, Brian Chapple, Julian Philips and Ronald Corp. Our latest commission was Ronald Corp’s Behold the Sea which had its world premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in March 2016.

Although an amateur choir, we work with professional musicians, including the New London Orchestra. We’ve sung with established and up-and-coming artists, including Anna Devin, Sam Evans, Magid el-Bushra and Grace Davidson.

Audiences also have the chance to catch our performances when we go on tour. In 2017, we’re heading off to Naples and Sorrento with a programme of Palestrina, Verdi, Mascagni and Corp. In 2015, you could have joined us in Lisbon.

However, if you’d like to see us closer to home, details of our next concert are here

Who’s who in HCS

A choir of our size does need some organising and we’re lucky with the dedicated people who devote a lot of their time to sorting us out. These sterling individuals are:

Chairman – Nick Janmohamed
Treasurer  – Tim McCarron
Joint general managers – Andrea Sylvester and Julia Irvine
Membership – Hilary Henderson
Plus – Chris Driver, Celia Ballantyne, Vaughan Melzer, Simone Theiss, Sally Sinclair-Webb and Tracy Parr.

Our patrons

Rt Hon Lord Jenkin of Roding
Lynne Featherstone MP
Peter Frankl
Gilly Sonin