History

The Society was founded in April 1946 by local musician, the late Douglas West, initially as a choral society for young people between the ages of 18 and 30. The age limit was subsequently abolished.

Douglas West was succeeded by Brian Deards who was also the music director at Carshalton Methodist church and taught at Wallington boys' school. After his untimely death we were conducted by Roderick Spencer, music director at Saint Dunstan's Cheam, who as a boy had sung in the Chapel Royal Choir at the coronation.

Roderick Spencer was succeeded by Roy Nicolson, a very keen amateur singer who sang with the BBC Symphony Chorus and who was a great supporter of the joy of singing for all. David McKee, a professional singer and teacher, brought new challenges for the society, and also introduced us to Kit Perona Wright who took over when David McKee's work took him elsewhere soon after his appointment. Hugh Sutton, head of music at Royal Russell School, held the baton for a year and enabled a seamless transition to the appointment of our current Musical Director, Philip Collin.

We have been fortunate to have received the patronage of many local celebrities including entertainer and singer Harry Secombe, actor and musician Nicholas Smith (most well known for his role as Mr Rumbold in the sitcom Are You Being Served?) and John Noble, baritone and occasional soloist with the choral society.