Benson Choral Society
Benson Choral Society
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Registered Charity No. 1001958

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We are a friendly and thriving choir of 120 singers, well-managed by an enthusiastic committee of volunteers, and expertly directed by long-serving musical director Christopher Walker and accompanist Anita D’Attellis.

Chris took over the conductor’s reins in 1975, when the Society was a village choir of fewer than thirty singers. In the forty years since then he has overseen a huge growth both in numbers and in the musical ambitions of the Society.

We now give three concerts each year in the glorious surroundings and acoustic of Dorchester Abbey. Accompaniment is provided by our own orchestra of professionals, The Elgar Orchestra, which Chris created in 1984 when the Society performed Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in Oxford Town Hall. A brief look at the list of works performed in recent years will demonstrate that we relish the challenge of performing the finest choral works in the repertory.

Memorable concerts include Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Beethoven’s monumental Missa Solemnis and the mighty Mass in B minor of J S Bach

All details about us, where we meet and how to join, will be found on succeeding pages.

Next Concert

10th June 2017 

Tickets now available:
Telephone: 01865 407395 (evenings)

Concert poster is available for download from Documents


         Byways of Beethoven

                Mass in C (Op 86)
                Choral Fantasia (Op 80)
                      Solo Piano: Anita D'Attellis
                       from Christ on the Mount of Olives

German Prononciation Guide and Translation of the Choral Fantasia are now available on the Doucments page.

Future Concerts

Concert Programme for 2016/17 - see "Concert Programme"

Choir Finance

Standard Expense and Receipt Forms are now on the documents page.  Please use these whenever possible.


Full rehearsal Schedule for 2016/17 - see "Calendar" and Schedule - updated
27th March

For those looking into the future the rehearsal schedule for 2017/18 is now available on the documents page.

Music Locally

Details of other local musical events - see "Other Societies



Singing Legal Highs

When you hear music your body produces Serotonin, which is basically a nice little boost of euphoria.
When you sing, you make Endorphins, which are in charge of a good chunk of your happiness. It's why singing to your hairbrush, or in the shower, or sometimes to a spoon when you're waiting for the kettle to boil makes you feel pretty good.
Singing with others, and hearing- them around you, adds Oxytocin and Dopamine to the mix. They're the things that get rid of anxiety and make you feel all contented and peaceful. 

All told, your brain can supply in perfect combination a pretty nifty collection of the best opiates and stimulants nature has ever dispensed and it shares that with everyone around you.
And all in a choir. Doesn't that sound good?

(Mark Keith - Director of Music - Holy Trinity, Hull)


All Choir Photographs:
John Downing