About the Choir

Twickenham Choral is a friendly thriving choir of over 100 voices drawing singers of all ages from a wide area of West London, including Richmond and Kingston as well as Twickenham. Programmes are chosen to provide the opportunity to sing great works from the choral repertoire as well as to explore less familiar music, ranging from Renaissance to the present day. Members are regularly canvassed for ideas and preferences.

The choir always works with excellent professional soloists and orchestras, aiming to produce the highest quality performance. Concerts are staged at least three times a year; usually in local venues but sometimes in central London or abroad.

We organize Concert Tours abroad on a biennial basis. To date we have visited such places as Paris, Prague, Budapest, Barcelona, Mallorca, Bratislava and Vienna (see our Photo Gallery), and Umbria.

Rehearsals are dynamic and challenging with a real feeling of enthusiasm for singing together. They take place on Thursdays from 7.00pm to 9.30pm between September and June in St Catherine's School, Cross Deep, Twickenham. Occasional workshops with visiting specialists are organised to polish the choir's vocal technique.

Choir members also take part in many extra-curricular activities, including quiz nights, visits to concerts and operas, and the annual summer party.

If you are interested in joining please come along to a rehearsal.

'Twickenham Choral Society' is a registered charity, number 284847.

Conductor - Christopher Herrick

christopher herrick

Christopher Herrick, one-time pupil of Sir Adrian Boult, has been the choir’s conductor since 1974. During this time he has been ambitious for the choir’s development, working with them to perform a huge range of repertoire alongside top-class instrumentalists and vocal soloists.

He has performed with them locally, as well as in Westminster Abbey, the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Guildford Cathedral and in many exciting European venues.

Christopher combines choral conducting with his career as an international concert organist. He is one of the world’s most prolific recording artists in that field, being contracted exclusively to Hyperion.

Christopher has his own web site.

Here is the annual report he wrote for the 2021 AGM.

Assistant Conductor and Accompanist - Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

After graduating, Rebecca continued her training as a Junior Fellow Trainee Répétiteur and was also successful in gaining a place on the Solti Peretti Répétiteurs' Masterclass Course in 2014. As an accompanist, Rebecca’s reputation is growing following her success in winning the Maureen Lehane Accompanist Prize at Wigmore Hall. In June 2015, Rebecca accompanied the Welsh candidate in the Song Prize Competition of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and she also performed a song recital at the Three Choirs Festival 2015.

As well as Assistant Conductor of Twickenham Choral, she is accompanist of the Leeds Festival Chorus and Associate Conductor of the English Chamber Choir.

For more information visit her web site.