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Come and sing choral music. We rehearse on Mondays at 7.45pm during term time. You'll find us practising in the Merriman Music School of Cranleigh School.

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Once a year we join the Cranleigh School Choir to perform a large-scale choral work.

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About Us

Cranleigh Choral Society has been a regular feature of village life for over 100 years. Today it continues to provide opportunities to participate in music-making at the heart of the local community and to become part of a circle of music enthusiasts, both in and out of rehearsals.

  • The society produces three concerts a year, including an annual concert in conjunction with Cranleigh School. Recent concerts have included a memorable performance of Orff's Carmina Burana in Guildford Cathedral, Haydn’s Nelson Mass in St Nicolas Church, Cranleigh, and Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man - A Mass For Peace in Cranleigh Village Hall.
    Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7.45 pm to 9.45 pm in the Merriman Music School at Cranleigh School, Horseshoe Lane, Cranleigh.
    Choir Rehearsal Choral Workshop days are held at Cranleigh School every few years; the last one was held in May 2008.
    We are extremely fortunate to have Marcus Pashley as Musical Director.
    We are always keen to welcome new members. Huge amounts of experience are not required, so just feel free to turn up and see how you get on.

  • Marcus Pashley read Music at Manchester University developing a passion for working with choirs. In Manchester he directed and considerably developed the work of the University Chamber Choir, founded the New Manchester Bach Ensemble and won the university’s coveted Sir Thomas Beecham Medal for achievement in music.
    He has held the posts of Music Director of the Bradford Choristers and subsequently Chorus Director of Central Festival Opera preparing performances of Puccini: La Boheme and Bizet: Carmen for Opera Holland Park. As a founder member of the 1993 BBC Choir of the Year Canzonetta, he has performed throughout the UK and abroad.
    From 1998-2004 he was Director of Music at Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire, also holding the post of Musical Director of the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. He has also appeared as guest conductor for Harrogate Choral Society and the Manchester Camerata. Marcus enjoys engagements as a baritone soloist in addition to his work as a conductor and adjudicator with a repertoire covering many of the major choral works. Recent engagements have included Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has been a tutor in conducting at the Association of British Choral Directors Annual Conference and has been a tutor on both the Harrogate Choral Week and Cranleigh Choral Week since the beginning.
    Marcus is currently Director of Music at Cranleigh School and Musical Director of Cranleigh Choral Society. Recent conducting projects in this capacity have included Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Bruch: Violin Concerto, both with Cranleigh pupils as soloists, Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2, Handel: Messiah, Dvorak: Te Deum and Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem. He has also recently undertaken the musical direction of a major production of Les Misérables & Sweeney Todd.

  • Jonathan Willcocks, the renowned conductor and composer, has agreed to become our new president. We look forward to meeting him and performing one of his compositions in the near future.