Royal Choral Society
Royal Choral Society
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The Royal Choral Society began its illustrious life as the Royal Albert Hall Choral Society – formed for the opening of the Royal Albert Hall in 1871. Its inaugural concert was held at the Royal Albert Hall on 8 May 1872. The choir’s name was shortened to the Royal Choral Society (with permission from Queen Victoria) shortly afterwards.

The choir’s history encompasses some of the greatest names in music. Former Royal Choral Society conductors include Charles Gounod and Malcolm Sargent – the latter, described as ‘the finest British choral conductor of his generation’, had a 40-year association with the choir, and Verdi and Dvorák both conducted the choir in premières of their own works.

Music Director Richard Cooke took over the baton from his distinguished predecessors in 1995. An experienced singer himself, he understands the capabilities of choral singers and is able to bring out the full potential of individual voices.
Established: 1872
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