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Newbury Choral Society

Newbury Choral Society is a non-auditioned choir with a history of over 130 years of bringing a high standard of music to the area. The establishment of a permanent group of singers must have met an urgent need in the town as the Society attracted more than one hundred members for the first concert in 1885. Conducted by the choirmaster and organist of Newbury's St Nicolas Church, John Shepherd Liddle, the choir made a good impression on the Newbury Weekly News critic who wrote that 'the execution of the choruses reflected great credit upon the members of the Society and their conductor'.

Since that first concert we have continued to perform a wide and varied repertoire, from the great choral works of Bach, Handel and Vaughan Williams to pieces by more recent composers like Tavener, Britten and Karl Jenkins. In its second century the choir’s conductors have included Jonathan Finney, Robert Barsby, Leo Hussain and its first female Musical Director, Janet Lincé. Cathal Garvey has held the position since December 2009.

You can find out more about Newbury Choral Society, its history and forthcoming events, at

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