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.
Concerts have been held in Whickham, Prudhoe and Corbridge 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 Director

From 2001 - 2017 the Society was led by David Murray. David retired from this post in December 2017 and the Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Alastair Lord as his replacement.


A copy of the Constitution can be found her

Friends of Ryton Choral Society
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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.