About Benson Choral Society


We are a friendly, enthusiastic and thriving choir of over 100 singers, based in Wallingford in South Oxfordshire. Although we are a non-auditioned choir, we set ourselves high musical standards and are ambitious to improve to the full extent of our potential.

We are delighted that Jonathon Cole-Swinard, Head of Music and Chorus Director at Garsington Opera has joined us as our new musical director. Jonathon will lead us for our Winter and Spring concerts. In Summer, when Jonathon's commitments with Garsington Opera prevent him from being with us, we will be performing with guest conductors. This Summer, we are very pleased to welcome back Richard Laing to perform Haydn's The Creation.

While the standard classics of the choral repertoire remain at our core, with recent performances of the great works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Verdi and Elgar, we always enjoy the challenges of less well-known music. Concerts in recent years have highlighted both the new - Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo, Mirror of Perfection  by Richard Blackford - and the unusual - Rio Grande by Constant Lambert, Misa Criola by Ramirez and Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams.

We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in St Mary's Church, Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0EG, with a refreshment break at half time.

New members will always be welcome and can come and try us without obligation - you won't regret it!

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Our 2023/24 EVENTS

Our Summer concert on 15th June was a performance of Haydn's joyous and very popular work, The Creation. Our longtime friend and guest conductor, Richard Laing led a highly successful collaboration between the choir and West Forest Sinfonia graced by 3 fabulous soloists:

Katie Trethewey, soprano
Nathan Vale, tenor
James Oldfield, baritone

We greatly enjoyed performing the concert and a highly appeciative audience clearly echoed this feeling

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