Past concerts

  • 23 Mar 2022:  Haydn “A Little Organ Mass”, Chilcott “A Little Jazz Mass” and John Rutter “A Prayer for Ukraine” at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Thames Ditton.

A mini-concert, with the Rutter rehearsed and sung on the day!

  • 4 Dec 2021: Handel “Messiah” at Kingston Parish Church. 

Our first concert since December 2019 in front of a “proper” audience, with featured soloists: Ana Beard Fernandez – soprano, Alexander Simpson – alto, Guy Elliot – tenor, Charles Cunliffe – bass, and the Liturina Ensemble.

For more details, including a review of the concert, please click here.

  • Wednesday, 23 Jun 2021: Fauré “Requiem” and  Poulenc “Gloria” at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Due to continuing COVID restrictions we did not hold a formal concert in June 2021 (see below) but instead held an open rehearsal at 7:30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Hampton Court Way, Thames Ditton.

We welcomed soloists Rebecca Hardwick (soprano) and Laurence White (baritone).  Laurence also sang three songs between the performance of the main works.

The evening was a welcome opportunity to sing live after many Zoom rehearsals!  The write-up of the evening can also be viewed here.

  • Saturday 28 Mar 2020 (cancelled)

We were due back to sing at St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton. We were looking forward to performing Bach’s  “St Matthew Passion”  in English and featuring period instruments.

Sadly, in the light of concerns about coronavirus and based on government guidelines, this concert had to be cancelled.  We also had to cancel further concerts due to be held in June 2021, also at St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton and December 2021 at Kingston parish church.  Please see our Chairman’s statement for further information. 

  • 30 Nov 2019: Britten “St Nicolas” and Christmas Carols at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate

The Britten in the first half had some atmospheric accompaniment by string quartet, piano, organ and percussion and also featuring some young soloists as well as the tenor part ably sung by James Robinson.

The second half included carols for both choir only and choir and audience.  (Picture taken by Caroline Champney).

  • 8 Jun 2019: Brahms: “Ein Deutsches Requiem” and “Liebeslieder Waltzes” at the Menuhin Hall, Stoke D’Abernon



See the here for more pictures and details about this charming concert.

  • 1 Dec 2018: Handel’s “Messiah”, Rutter’s “Gloria” and “When Icicles Hang” at All Saints Church, Kingston.

Kingston provided a lovely festive backdrop and the program proved popular.

Photos: Caroline Champney

  • 16 Jun 2018: Rachmaninov “All Night Vigil (Vespers)” at St. Andrew’s, Surbiton.

See here for more pictures and details about this exciting concert.

  • 25 Nov 2017: Charpentier “Te Deum”, Handel “Ode for the birthday of Queen Anne” and Britten “Rejoice in the Lamb” at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate.
joel conducting
  • 10 June 2017: Haydn “Creation” at The Yehudi Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon.

Our first concert with our new conductor, Joel Newsome-Hubbard

  • 17 Dec 2016: Handel “Messiah” at St Mary’s University College Chapel, Twickenham

A joint concert with Hampton choral society : sadly our last concert under John Sutton’s baton! 

  • 11 Jun 2016: Bach “B Minor Mass” at St Mary’s University College Chapel, Twickenham

A joint concert with Hampton choral society. 


  • List of Earlier Concerts (pre 2016)

Choir member Roger Oldcorn kindly provided this complete historical listing of all Ember Choral Society’s previous UK concerts.

The choir was originally formed as Ember Music Society in 1956 based in Thames Ditton, UK. In 1978 the Hinchley Wood School Choral Society was incorporated and John Sutton took over as musical director. In 1981, the choir assumed the name of Ember Choral Society.

List of concerts: 1957-2015

Date Composer Work Comments / Venue
24-Jan-57 Mendelssohn Elijah As Ember Music Society
22-May-57 Brahms Requiem  
19-Dec-57 Handel Messiah Christmas music; Carols  
30-Apr-58 Haydn Creation  
10-Dec-58 Bach Jesu Priceless Treasure  
10-Dec-58 Bush, Geoffrey Christmas Cantata  
29-Apr-59 Mendelssohn St Paul  
13-Jan-60 Handel Judas Maccabaeus  
13-Apr-60 Haydn The Seven Last Words on the Cross  
25-May-60 Handel Zadok the Priest  
25-May-60 Handel Coronation Anthem  
23-Nov-60 Mozart The Twelfth Mass  
22-Feb-61 Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise  
22-Feb-61 Haydn The Seasons  
17-May-61 Parry Blest Pair of Sirens  
17-May-61 Mozart Alleluia  
17-May-61 Mendelssohn How Lovely are the Messengers  
07-Dec-61 Coleridge-Taylor Hiawatha  
12-Apr-62 Dvorak Stabat Mater  
12-Apr-62 Bach St Luke Passion  
08-Dec-62 German, Edward Merrie England  
09-May-63 Brahms Requiem  
01-Nov-63   Carol Concert  
18-Jan-64 Bizet Carmen  
14-May-64 Haydn Creation  
17-Dec-64 Handel Messiah  
15-May-65 Smetana The Bartered Bride  
09-Dec-65 Mendelssohn Elijah  
28-Apr-66 Mozart Requiem Mass  
28-Apr-66 Britten Hymn to St Cecilia  
08-Dec-66   Carol Concert  
02-Feb-67 Mendelssohn St Paul  
07-Dec-67 Handel Messiah (extracts)  
07-Dec-67   Carols  
20-Jan-68 German, Edward Tom Jones  
09-May-68 Britten Hymn to St Cecilia  
09-May-68 Schubert Mass in Ab  
02-Nov-68 Sullivan Gilbert & Sullivan Evening  
11-Dec-68   Carol Concert with Claygate CS
21-Dec-68   Carol Concert  
24-Apr-69 Handel Judas Maccabaeus  
14-Dec-69 Handel Messiah  
20-Dec-69   Carol Concert with Claygate CS
02-May-70 Verdi Requiem  
05-Dec-70 Poulenc Gloria  
01-Apr-71 Brahms Requiem  
11-Dec-71 Tippett A Child of Our Time with Claygate CS
29-Apr-72 Elgar Music Makers  
29-Apr-72 Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas  
18-Nov-72 Fauré Requiem  
18-Nov-72 Bach Jesu Priceless Treasure  
16-Dec-72 Handel Messiah (extracts)  
16-Dec-72   Carols  
12-May-73 Orff Carmina Burana  
12-May-73 Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms  
17-Nov-73 Haydn Creation  
15-Dec-73   Carol Concert  
18-May-74 Mozart Missa Brevis  
18-May-74 Rossini Stabat Mater  
07-Dec-74 Vivaldi Gloria  
07-Dec-74 Haydn Mass in Bb  
10-May-75 Mendelssohn Elijah  
08-May-76 Duruflé Requiem  
08-May-76 Haydn Nelson Mass  
04-Dec-76 Stanford Songs of the Fleet John Sutton first concert as soloist
07-May-77 Bach St Matthew Passion  
03-Dec-77 Handel Dettingen Te Deum  
03-Dec-77 Mozart Requiem  
06-May-78 Brahms Requiem Jennifer Shell first concert
19-May-79 Fauré Requiem John Sutton debut as conductor
19-May-79 Vivaldi Gloria  
19-May-79 Handel Zadok the Priest  
01-Dec-79 Sullivan Gilbert & Sullivan for all  
10-May-80 Verdi Requiem  
22-Nov-80 Bach Cantata No.11  
22-Nov-80 Haydn Nelson Mass  
16-May-81 Bach St John Passion  
05-Dec-81 Mendelssohn Elijah As Ember Choral Society
15-May-82 Poulenc Gloria  
15-May-82 Vaughan Williams Five Mystical songs  
15-May-82 Parry Blest Pair of Sirens  
20-Nov-82 Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore  
20-Nov-82 Gounod Messe Solennelle (St Cecilia)  
15-Dec-82   Carol Concert  
14-May-83 Lambert, Constant The Rio Grande with Hinchley Wood School CS
14-May-83 Orff Carmina Burana  
03-Dec-83 Bach Christmas Oratorio (1 and 2)  
03-Dec-83 Britten St Nicholas  
01-Dec-84 Handel Messiah (extracts)  
12-May-84 Haydn Harmoniemesse  
12-May-84 Guard, Barrie David & Goliath World Premiere
12-May-84 Rossini Stabat Mater  
22-May-84 Britten St Nicholas with Hampton CS
23-May-84 Britten St Nicholas with Hampton CS
01-Dec-84 Bach Christmas Oratorio  
01-Dec-84 Berlioz Childhood of Christ  
01-Dec-84 Handel Messiah (extracts)  
18-May-85 Handel Samson  
07-Dec-85 Bernstein Chichester Psalms  
07-Dec-85 Vaughan Williams Hodie  
07-Dec-85 Guard, Barrie David & Goliath  
15-Dec-85 Handel Messiah  
10-May-86 Elgar Dream of Gerontius with Hampton CS
17-May-86 Elgar Dream of Gerontius with Hampton CS
25-Oct-86 Vivaldi Gloria  
25-Oct-86   Folk songs  
06-Dec-86 Britten Ceremony of Carols  
06-Dec-86 Beethoven Mass in C  
09-May-87 Verdi Requiem with Hampton CS
16-May-87 Verdi Requiem with Hampton CS
12-Dec-87 Charpentier Te Deum  
12-Dec-87 Rutter When Icicles Hang  
12-Dec-87 Harvey Of the Fathers Love  
12-Dec-87 Haydn Seasons (Autumn & Winter)  
19-Dec-87 Handel Messiah  
19-Mar-88 Bach St Matthew Passion  
11-May-88 Fauré Requiem  
11-May-88 Handel Let the Bright Seraphim (Samson)  
11-May-88 Handel Zadok the Priest  
11-May-88 Tippett A Child of Our Time  
03-Dec-88 Rutter When Icicles Hang  
03-Dec-88 Britten St Nicholas  
03-Dec-88 Hughes Brightest & Best Premiere
11-Dec-88 Handel Messiah  
13-May-89 Bach Mass in B minor with Hampton CS
20-May-89 Bach Mass in B minor with Hampton CS
11-Nov-89 Handel Zadok the Priest Esher Methodist Centenary Concert
11-Nov-89 Vivaldi Gloria  
11-Nov-89 Fauré Requiem  
17-Dec-89 Handel Messiah  
10-Feb-90 Vivaldi Gloria Vera Fletcher Hall Appeal
10-Feb-90 Fauré Requiem  
12-May-90 Brahms Requiem  
26-May-90 Vivaldi Gloria Kelso
26-May-90 Fauré Requiem Kelso
27-May-90 Handel Zadok the Priest Sprouston
08-Dec-90 Mendelssohn Elijah  
26-Jan-91 Handel Messiah  
11-May-91 Tippett A Child of Our Time  
11-May-91 Rutter Requiem  
07-Dec-91 Mozart Requiem  
07-Dec-91 Schubert Mass in G  
11-Jan-92 Handel Messiah  
16-May-92 Bach Mass in B minor with Hampton CS
06-Jun-92 Bach Mass in B minor with Hampton CS
28-Nov-92 Haydn Nelson Mass  
28-Nov-92 Duruflé Requiem  
23-Jan-93 Handel Messiah  
15-May-93 Orff Carmina Burana  
15-May-93 Lambert, Constant The Rio Grande  
04-Dec-93 Parry Blest Pair of Sirens  
04-Dec-93 Elgar Music Makers  
04-Dec-93 Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs  
23-Jan-94 Handel Messiah  
14-May-94 Puccini Messa di Gloria  
14-May-94 Poulenc Gloria  
03-Dec-94 Verdi Requiem  
28-Jan-95 Handel Messiah  
13-May-95 Purcell Come ye Sons of Art / Te Deum / Jubilate  
13-May-95 Bernstein Chichester Psalms  
02-Dec-95 Elgar Dream of Gerontius  
27-Jan-96 Handel Messiah  
11-May-96 Vivaldi Beatus Vir  
11-May-96 Scarlatti Dixit Dominus  
11-May-96 Rutter Psalm 121  
30-Nov-96 Rutter Gloria  
30-Nov-96 Mozart Mass in C minor  
25-Jan-97 Handel Messiah  
22-Mar-97 Bach St John Passion  
17-May-97   Gala Opera Concert 40th Anniversary
06-Dec-97 Bruckner Mass in E minor  
06-Dec-97 Schubert Mass in Eb major  
28-Feb-98 Mozart Requiem  
09-May-98 Handel Zadok the Priest  
09-May-98 Haydn Nelson Mass  
09-May-98 Bach Magnificat  
05-Dec-98 Vaughan Williams Hodie  
05-Dec-98   Fantasia on Christmas Carols  
05-Dec-98 Rutter When Icicles Hang  
30-Jan-99 Bach Mass in B minor (extracts)  
15-May-99 Rossini Messe Solennelle  
15-May-99 Poulenc Gloria  
21-Nov-99 Duruflé Requiem with Richmond Orchestra
21-Nov-99 Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky  
04-Dec-99 Duruflé Requiem with Richmond Orchestra
04-Dec-99 Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky  
21-Jan-00 Haydn Nelson Mass  
21-Jan-00 Bach Magnificat  
14-Oct-00 Handel Messiah  
09-Dec-00   Festival of Christmas Music  
05-May-01 Elgar Dream of Gerontius  
13-May-01 Elgar Dream of Gerontius  
01-Dec-01 Britten St Nicholas  
01-Dec-01 Finzi Dies Natalis  
01-Dec-01 Guard, Barrie A Surrey Cantata World Premiere
09-Mar-02 Brahms Requiem Holy Trinity, Claygate
11-May-02 Barber Agnus Dei Queen Charlotte Hall, Richmond
11-May-02 Orff Carmina Burana with Richmond Orchestra
25-May-02 Orff Carmina Burana St Andrew’s, Surbiton
with Richmond Orchestra
11-Dec-02 Handel Dixit Dominus  
11-Dec-02 Bach Christmas Oratorio (1,2,3)  
11-Dec-02 Britten Ceremony of Carols  
25-Jan-03 Handel Messiah  
10-May-03 Verdi Requiem with Hampton CS
17-May-03 Verdi Requiem with Hampton CS
04-Oct-03 Handel Messiah  
29-Dec-03 Pergolesi Magnificat  
29-Dec-03 Handel Utrecht Te Deum  
29-Dec-03 Bach Jesu, Meine Freude  
20-Mar-04 Mozart Requiem  
08-May-04 Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony with Hampton CS
04-Dec-04 Beethoven Choral Fantasia  
04-Dec-04 Kodaly Mass in B  
05-Mar-05 Dvorak Te Deum  
21-May-05 Mozart Solemn Vespers  
21-May-05 Britten Rejoice in the Lamb  
21-May-05 Duruflé Requiem  
03-Dec-05 Bizet Carmen  
25-Feb-06 Haydn Nelson Mass  
26-Mar-06 Stanford Magnificat in G major Choral Evening Service
26-Mar-06 Stanford Nunc Dimittis in G major Claygate Music Festival
20-May-06 Purcell Come ye Sons of Art  
20-May-06 Tippett Five Negro Spirituals  
20-May-06 Vivaldi Dixit Dominus  
02-Dec-06 Mozart Solemn Vespers  
02-Dec-06 Mozart Mass in C minor  
03-Mar-07 Handel Messiah The Menuhin Hall
16-Jun-07 Elgar Dream of Gerontius with Hampton CS
24-Jun-07 Mendelssohn Elijah  
07-Jun-08 Handel Chandos Anthem 6  
07-Jun-08 Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs  
07-Jun-08 Fauré Requiem  
06-Dec-08 Vaughan Williams Hodie  
06-Dec-08   Carols  
06-Jun-09 Rossini Messe Solennelle The Menuhin Hall
28-Nov-09 Charpentier Messe de Minuit  
28-Nov-09 Jenkins, Karl The Armed Man  
05-Jun-10 Bach Mass in B minor Holy Trinity Church, Claygate
20-Nov-10 Guard, Barrie A Surrey Cantata Holy Trinity Church, Claygate
20-Nov-10 Bernstein Chichester Psalms Holy Trinity Church, Claygate
20-Nov-10 Rutter Requiem Holy Trinity Church, Claygate
04-Jun-11 Handel Judas Maccabaeus The Menuhin Hall
10-Dec-11 Verdi Requiem St Andrew’s Church Surbiton, with Hampton CS
10-Mar-12 Brahms Requiem St Paul’s Church, East Molesey
June 2012  Various A Celebration of British Music  Holy Trinity Church, Claygate
Dec.2012 Vivaldi Beatus Vir  
Dec.2012 Rutter Magnificat  
June 2013 Parry Blest Pair of Sirens The Menuhin Hall
June 2013 Lambert, Constant The Rio Grande  
Nov 2013 Poulenc Gloria Holy Trinity Church, Claygate
Nov 2013 Durufle Requiem  
June 2014 Rootham For the Fallen  
June 2014 Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony St Mary’s, Twickenham with Hampton CS
Nov.2014 Handel Zadok the Priest  
Nov.2014 Bach Magnificat  
Nov.2014 Faure Cantique de Jean Racine  
Nov.2014 Faure Requiem  
June 2015 Vivaldi Gloria St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton
June 2015 Rutter Gloria  
June 2015 Puccini Messa di Gloria  
Nov.2015 Haydn Nelson Mass Holy Trinity Church, Claygate
Nov.2015 Mozart C Minor Mass  

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