Cambridgeshire Choral Society

Sadly the 2020 concert at West Rd has had to be cancelled as a result of the Corona Virus.

In Memoriam

Sir Stephen Cleobury sadly passed away on November 22nd 2019. For many years he has been one of the society’s Vice Presidents and for two years, 1997 and 1998, he conducted our choir.  He will always be associated with the world famous Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Chapel.  He will be greatly missed.

Our 2020 concert, our 60th spring concert, Carmina Burana, The Chichester Psalms and Ave Maria, was to have been conducted by our new current conductor Guy Turner

Left of picture - Jill King, Vice-chairman
Right of picture - Sue Allin, Chairman
Centre of picture -Tim Brown, CCS President.


Tickets are usually available at the door or from Sue Allin at £TBA adults and £TBA children.  If you require these posting, please send a stamped addressed envelope nearer the time to Sue Allin with a cheque payable to CCS.  Sue's phone number is 01223 262990.

Tickets for the May 2019 concert were on sale at the website shown here and on the door. It is expected the same will happen for the 2020 concert.  See 

Advertising in concert programmes

The society is able to raise money, to help cover costs, from adverts placed in the concert programmes. Rates are very reasonable ,so if any local business would like to place a half page (£25) or full page (£50) advert then please contact a committee member as soon as possible.


Sir David Willcocks died on Sept 17th 2015. He was CCS president since the inception of the society. There was a memorial concert in Kings College Chapel on Sunday Nov 22nd 2015 which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

We were delighted that Tim Brown agreed to be the president of CCS. Tim was the Director of Music at Clare College Cambridge from 1979 to 2010. For fourteen years (1977-1990) Tim was our conductor so it's wonderful that he has taken on the role of president. The CCS Vice Presidents include: Stephen Alder, Stephen Cleobury (Director of Music at King's College), John Rutter CBE and Andrew Parnell. 

Tim Brown

The 2016 Concert (as an example)

The 2016 concert was held at the Great Hall, Leys School, Cambridge.

Our thanks go to the Leys School for the use of the Great Hall and use of photos.

There are larger pictures on the Concerts in 2016 page.

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Andrew Parnell moved on summer 2015 after 10 years as our very effective conductor. The photo above was at his last concert with CCS.

Our subsequent conductor was Richard Laing who started in the 2015-16 season.
He has since moved on. Our current conductor is Guy Turner.

The Cambridgeshire Choral Society gives the opportunity for amateur singers from all parts of Cambridgeshire to take part in the performance of major choral works under a professional conductor with professional soloists and a full orchestra in prestigious venues such as King's College Chapel, Ely Cathedral or the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

The Society uniquely comprises a number of smaller choirs that meet on a weekly basis for rehearsal under the guidance of a professional musician. These choirs join together with "Associate Members" for combined rehearsals with the Principal Conductor on several Saturdays throughout the season.
Details of our concerts, rehearsals, history and conductors may be found by following the links on the left of each page.

2017 Concert

This was on April 29th 2017 at the West Road Concert Hall when the choir performed Mendelssohn's Elijah.

2016 Concert

The 2016 CCS concert  was a performance of Handel's Dettingen Te Deum and Mozart's Requiem at the Great Hall, Leys School, Fen Causeway, Cambridge, CB2 7AD on April 2nd 2016 at 7.30pm. It was enjoyed by the many who attended.

2015 Concert

The 2015 concert was the Imperial "Nelson Mass" by Haydn and the Magnificat in D by Bach.  The date was April 25th at West Road Concert Hall at 7.30pm. It was an excellent occasion.

2014 Concerts

The May 31st 2014 concert was at St John's College Chapel, Cambridge . The pieces were Rutter's Magnificat, Parnell's  Dew of Heaven and  Boellmann's Suite Gothique (for organ) played by Jonathan Lilley.

The March 22nd 2014 concert was at West Rd Concert Hall Cambridge when the CCS choir  performed Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (German Requiem) Opus 45.

More tenors and basses needed!

We need more men!

Contacting the CCS

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