Enfield Choral Society emerged from The Young People’s Society of Enfield, founded by Vincent Evans in 1938. The original Society was formed to provide a bridge for young people leaving the Sunday School choir at Christchurch, Enfield at 16 but being too young to join the adult choir. It was originally conceived with four sections; The Choral Section, The Dramatic Section, The Orchestral Section and the Social Section. From this original arrangement only the Choral Section survived beyond the end of the Second World War to become the Society that we know and cherish today.
In summer 2013 the Society celebrated its 75th anniversary with a performance of Verdi’s Requiem. This ably demonstrated the maturity of the choir’s wide-ranging repertoire including works by the great choral works, as well as contemporary works by emerging composers. We also set ourselves the challenge of usually singing the pieces in the original language in which they were written, hence in April 2007 and again in October 2016 we successfully performed Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers) in Russian! Our 80th Anniversary this year is to be celebrated with a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah on 23rd June, 2018.
Membership is open to everyone over the age of sixteen and there are currently approximately 70 members. We are a local choir in that most members live within the London Borough of Enfield. We aim to be inclusive and accessible. No auditions are required, but a good singing voice and enthusiasm are essential. Although amateur in status we have gained a local reputation for giving performances of a high standard, often with professional soloists and ensembles. We’re always looking for new tenors and basses, and currently also have alto and soprano places.
Enfield Choral Society is a registered charity.