Membership of the Choral Society is open to all parents, staff, friends and members of the Sixth Form. There is no formal audition for the Choral Society although an ability to read music is an asset. The repertoire of the choir is wide and varied. Major works from the choral repertoire are covered. These include: Messiah – Handel, The Creation – Haydn, Nelson Mass – Haydn, Chichester Psalms – Bernstein, Belshazzar’s Feast – Walton, Crucifixion – Stainer, Requiem – Mozart, Requiem, Requiem – Faure, Requiem – Karl Jenkins, Bach – Mass in B minor.
There is also a strong tradition of the performance of musicals. These include:
Oklahoma!, Carousel, Oliver! The Sound of Music, Trial by Jury, HMS Pinafore, Pirates of
Penzance and The Mikado.
The Choral Society meets every Monday night in term time in the Music Rehearsal Room in the Performing Arts Centre from 7:30 – 9:00pm. Performances are held in the Great Hall, Chapel of St Christopher and the Infant Jesus, Auditorium or in local churches. Fairfield Halls in Croydon are used for the performance of larger works and when the Choral Society combines with other local choirs. The Choral Society perform with the school choirs to sing at services and important occasions in the school year such as the bi-annual ‘Old Russellians’ Service’, Christmas Carol Service and Remembrance Sunday Service and regular Choral Evensongs. More recently the Choral Society has made international tours in conjunction with school choirs and The Senior Orchestra. These have included
Gibraltar. A cathedral visit is also made to sing Evensong during the year.