Ryton Choral Society



Ryton Choral Society is a mixed voice adult choir of about 60 members. We meet on Tuesday nights in school term-time at The Methodist Church, Lane Head, Main Road, Ryton, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE40 3LT. Warm up starts at 6.50, ready to sing at 7.00.  We have a short mid-rehearsal break (at the conductor's discretion) for orange juice, weekly raffle and a chat.  Rehearsals finish at 9.00. There are no formal auditions.

Members pay £42 per term. This fee includes about 10 rehearsal sessions per term and the performance.  Members pay for the hire of music, at cost, and very occasionally are asked to buy their own music if for some reason hiring of a particular piece is very difficult.

The choir normally sings 3 concerts per year - at Thorp Academy, Ryton at Christmas and in the summer and a major venue away from Ryton in the spring.  In recent years the spring concert has been at the King's Hall, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

We usually attract audiences in the region of 150-200 and charge in the region of £10-£12 for admission.

We regularly sing carols at Christmas in and around the village of Ryton - and sometimes further afield if requested.

Our repertoire is largely classical - both sacred and secular.  We also sing contemporary music - usually at our summer concert. You can see the wide variety of music we have sung by going to the history page of this site.

In the 2006 we sang 'The Leap of the Heart' - a song cycle commissioned by the Society from the composer Felicity Laurence.

Our concert on 12th December 2009 included a world premiere - 'The Prelude' by Michael J. Smith.

Musical Directors
The Society is privileged to have secured the services of David Murray and Eileen Bown to direct their music.  David conducts and leads the choir while Eileen is accompanist and supporting conductor.  In the early stages of learning new work the choir will often split into two parts, one section being taught by David the other by Eileen.

David and Eileen are widely acknowledged as the foremost choral trainers in the North East and are often used by such organisations as 20,000 Voices and Making Music to lead workshops and master-classes.

A copy of the Constitution can be found here

Friends of Ryton Choral Society
Please follow the link to Friends of Ryton Choral Society to discover how you could help support the choir.

40 years old... ...

The choir is 40 years old - not the conductors!
Pictured are the three conductors who have led the Society through its 40 year history - Richard Bloodworth, Derrick Parkyn Marshall and David Murray.  The picture was taken at the Society's 40th Birthday Party celebration.