Ryton Choral Society



Ryton Choral Society, founded in 1971, is a mixed voice adult choir of about 45 members. We meet on Tuesday nights in school term-time at Thorp Academy, Main Street, Ryton, NE40 3AH. 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 £126 per year. This fee includes about 30/35 rehearsal sessions  and performances.  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 has traditionally been based at Thorp Academy in Ryton and has sung there regularly.  Refurbishment of the school has meant that it no longer has a hall suitable for public performance by the choir - but the choir still rehearses there.
Concerts have been held in Whickham and Prudhoe recently. The choir has also used the King's Hall, Newcastle University on several occasions.
The choir is changing, in 2017-18, to singing two (instead of three) main concerts a year. However, opportunities are often taken to sing by invitation at other organisations' events - for example Christmas Carols at Blanchland Abbey and participation in the Holy Island Music Festival.
In recent years (2013, 2015, 2017) the society has collaborated with Bishopwearmouth Choral Society to sing in a joint concert at Sage Gateshead, Hall One.

Our repertoire is largely classical - both sacred and secular.  We also sing contemporary music - often specially arranged by our Musical Director. 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 history - Richard Bloodworth, Derrick Parkyn Marshall and David Murray.  The picture was taken at the Society's 40th Birthday Party celebration.