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Welcome to our web site. This busy and friendly mixed choir based in Congleton, Cheshire meets weekly on Monday evenings to rehearse, and performs four major concerts a year at local venues, including Congleton Town Hall. If you are interested in listening or in joining as a singer, please browse our pages and find out more about us.

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Banner for Elijah concert, 2 April 2022

Drought, famine, fire, flood, earthquake and a whirlwind, with a fiery chariot drawn by fiery horses; all are dramatized in Mendelssohn’s mighty Elijah, with some beautiful lyrical passages of music in between. With full orchestra and soloists.

Saturday 2nd April 2022 at 7.30pm in Congleton Town Hall. Booking details to follow.

Click here to read more about Mendelssohn and Elijah.

After recording the Christmas 2021 concert

We're delighted to present our Christmas Concert 2021, filmed at Trinity Church, Congleton on 16th December 2021.

This recording is available on demand — watch here. There is no charge for watching, but if you enjoy it, we would welcome a donation.

Presenting the Margaret Williamson Bursary 2021 to Isla Johnson

We’re happy to announce that the CCS 2021 Margaret Williamson Music Bursary was awarded to Isla Johnson, an outstanding music student at Eaton Bank Academy. Music teacher Claire Venables said: ‘Isla’s commitment and focus in music both in lessons and in an extra-curricular capacity is outstanding. She is involved in Encore, Concert Band and the wider performing arts. She is an excellent cellist and singer, who also enjoys playing the ukulele and drums.’

Congratulations Isla!

Pictured left to right are Claire Venables (Music), Ed O’Neill (Head Teacher), Lynne Evans (CCS Chair), Isla Johnson, Tom Newall (CCS Music Director) and Tony Bartley (CCS Vice-Chair).

CCS at 50 banner

To celebrate our 50th anniversary year, we present a commemorative booklet which gives a series of ‘snapshots’ of the Choral Society’s history from its foundation to the present day. We invite you to enjoy browsing online!

To open the History of CCS as a pdf, click HERE

To open the Appendix of extra items, click HERE

To see a complete list of works performed by CCS from 1975 to the present day, click HERE

Music Director

We are delighted to welcome our new Director of Music Tom Newall, who joins us in Congleton Choral Society’s fiftieth anniversary year. Tom is an experienced choral and orchestral conductor; now, as we embark on our second half-century, we look forward to him leading CCS on the next stage of the exciting musical journey we share together.


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What they're saying...

Here is a selection of comments and feedback we have received following recent events. Click on a title to reveal the comments.
A Christmas Celebration, December 2019
Comments from the audience:
'Really enjoyed the concert .. the best I’ve ever heard the choir sing.'

'Many congratulations to the choir for a wonderful concert.'

'The standard was on a par with many of the choirs featured on Classic FM.'
Autumn Concert, November 2019
Comments from the audience:
'How marvellous the concert was, full of enthusiasm and confidence.'

'The Vivaldi was truly magnificent. This was a performance with a difference.'

'The Chilcott Christmas Oratorio was full of atmosphere and wonderful sounds .. really moving.'

'The soloists were superb. Elin Rees (organist) played brilliantly throughout.'

'That was an absolutely beautiful concert. Well done to all.'

'Tonight I was privileged to hear this concert. It was excellent. The heights you have reached under Christopher Cromar's tutelage are amazing.'
Singing Day with Bob Chilcott, October 2019
Comments from participants:
'It was a day to remember forever. So pleased to have been a part of it.'

'Lived up to all my expectations. Fabulous!'

'Great Day. Lovely Music. Thanks to Bob Chilcott, Christopher Cromar, and to everyone who organised the event. Great Job.'

'How lucky you are to have such a leader for your singing day!'

'Thank you to everyone who contributed to creating such an enjoyable day singing together.'
Amazing Day, July 2019
Comments from the audience:
'Last night's concert was terrific - the best ever...'

'The choir .. were confident and happy .. and the sound was amazing.'

'The choir was magnificent, singing as one body in wonderful harmony. The [singers] responded to the conductor and provided light and shade in the works, at times drawing back completely then bursting forth fortissimo.'

'The music was tremendous, the duet by Chris and Dominic out of this world ..'

'The Chilcott piece was fabulous, real 'star quality'. That was the best we’ve ever heard you sing!'

'The best concert I have ever been to .. the music was enjoyable from start to finish and very accessible.'
Mozart's Great Mass in C and Solemn Vespers, April 2019
Comments from the audience:
'Heartfelt thanks to Christopher Cromar and the choir for a truly magnificent evening of music. How lucky we are to have such a performance taking place in our own town.'

'The ‘Not-So-Solemn’ Vespers bounced along with joy. The choir was in excellent form, and the soloists, especially the two coloratura sopranos in the Mass, were superb.'

From the soprano soloists:
'Such a pleasure to join you all on Saturday. Congratulations for a brilliant concert!”'

' It would be wonderful to sing with you all again. I thought the choir was superb.'
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, November 2018
Comments from the audience:
'What a wonderful experience ...'

'I will not forget last night, and the wonderful sound made by the two choirs.'

'Many members of the audience were transfixed by the music ...'

'Impressive ... moving ... inspirational ... divine.'
The Armed Man (Jenkins)and Eternal Light (Goodall): July 2018
Comments from the audience:
'CCS surpassed even its own high standards, providing an evening of exceptional entertainment'

'The organ and keyboard accompaniment for Eternal Light was magnificent, the soloists were excellent and the sound made by the choir was beautiful'

'The interpretation of The Armed Man was spell-binding ... The percussion and brass set the rhythm and atmosphere ... the phrasing and sound made by the choir was exquisite and poignant, and in places my breathing was on hold'

'There are no words to describe the concert on Saturday. Well done, how do you go home and sleep after that? Please convey my congratulations to all.'

'I loved it. Very dramatic and moving. The violin and flute in the Armed Man were fantastic.'

'The best concert you have ever given.'
Spring Concert, April 2017
Extracts from the press review:
'Superb Performances of Haydn and Mozart Masses...'

'Congleton Choral Society has excelled itself once again... (The choir's) singing was articulate and impressive... (the performance was) passionately and beautifully sung...powerfully dramatic...'

Mr Cromar impressively brought together two dramatically different settings of the mass. The joyful and spirited version by Haydn contrasted with the serious driving force of the Mozart Requiem with all its different dramatic emotions...

'The choir sounded fantastic. Its tone, articulation and contrasting moods were all very well-rehearsed. The orchestra enhanced the programme magnificently throughout. The four stunning soloists integrated well with the choir and orchestra, combining to make a superb and enjoyable evening.'
November Concert, 2017
Comments from the audience:
'Congratulations on the wonderful performance from Congleton Choral Society and the soloists ... The programme was beautifully chosen, and the architecture of the Hall echoed the wonderful sounds and harmonies.'

'It was totally glorious. Thank you and well done to everyone involved.'

From the press review:
'A splendid concert which inspired us with exciting music and highlighted the musicianship of Congleton Choral Society under its Music Director Christopher Cromar... Click here to read the full review.'
Children's Singing Day with Shirley Court, October 2017
Comments from the children:
'It was brilliant...'

'It was fun and exciting. I would come again because we all learned something new.'

'I really enjoyed the day and I've made lots of new friends... I enjoyed coming out to be a singing detective and show my enthusiasm with a song. Thank you Shirley for giving me a solo...First time on the stage, loved it.'

'I really like singing and the adults were very kind.'

'I really enjoyed today... I'd love to come again.'

Comments from parents and grandparents:
'Awesome and galvanising. Well done one and all.'

'What a brilliant performance!'

'Amazing! What a fabulous concert achieved in such a short space of time. An absolute treat. My daughter is raving about her day already and has asked to come again. Many, many thanks.'

'Amazing to hear and see what they had produced in such a short time, my daughter really seems to have had a great time and it's brilliant for her confidence...Thank you.'

Comments from Shirley Court:
'I will do it again. Loved it. The children worked very hard and learned about singing, performing and working as a team.'
Singing Day with Bob Chilcott, September 2017
Comments from guests:
'Amazing day.'

'What a wonderful day it was with Bob Chilcott. The organisation was excellent, St Michael's Church a beautiful venue, and of course Bob and your wonderful Chris Cromar on the piano made the day quite exceptional ... Bob certainly exceeded my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed his music and the whole experience.'

'Thank you to all the team at Congleton for a fantastic Singing Day. Bob and Chris Cromar were a great team. Loved the music, particularly the Gloria. Looking forward to hear you sing it on the 11th November.'

'Really enjoyable day, such beautiful music and so many funny stories from Bob Chilcott!'
A Summer Concert Of English Music, July 2017
Comments from guests:
'Loved all the music.'

'A fabulous uplifting concert...well done to the team.'
Four Hands - One Piano, July 2017
Comments from guests:
'A lovely way to round off a great weekend of music.'

'A fantastic piano recital by Christopher Cromar and Dominic John this afternoon.'
The Armed Man singing day with Christopher Cromar, April 2017
Quotes from guests:
'Thank you for your hospitality on Saturday. It was a super day and the refreshments and venue were excellent. It was really enjoyable.'

'It was a fantastic day. I loved every minute.'

'The day was well organised, led by Chris Cromar's expertise and brilliant piano accompaniment from Andrew Green.'

'Thank you to all the 'tea' ladies and 'bakers'.'

'I was buzzing for ages afterwards and didn't want the day to end.'
Bach's St John Passion, April 2017
From the audience:
'A great concert ...'

'Just to say how much we enjoyed the St John Passion. The choral parts sounded wonderful. Congratulations! Neither of us knew the work and would certainly go to another performance of it.'

'Superb...loved the orchestra ... the usual very high standard. Thanks.'

'Wonderful performance.'

See reviews of our previous concerts.

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 Margaret Williamson Music Bursary  The Margaret Williamson Music Bursary

We are pleased to announce the launch of this annual award, set up in memory of our late president Margaret Williamson, who was a loyal and active supporter of Congleton Choral Society. Eaton Bank and Congleton High Schools were contacted and each asked to choose a promising music student to receive the award of £100. For details and pictures of the winners, visit our photo gallery by clicking the link.

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Bob Chilcott conducts the performance of his Christmas Oratorio at the CCS Singing Day 2019. A participant summed it up in these few words:'It was a day to remember forever'.
Bob Chilcott and choir perform Christmas Oratorio at St Mike's Sept 2019.
The choir ready to sing at our Amazing Day concert, July 2019.
The choir ready to sing at our Amazing Day concert, July 2019.