The Choir - About Us
Paddock Wood Choral Society is a mixed-voice choir of around 50 members. PWCS began life in January 1980 as an evening class at Mascalls School, later becoming an independent, fully-functioning choral society. Our aim is to perform choral music to a high standard and in this we are fortunate to have first-class tuition given by our Music Director Kevin Ashman who encourages both new and more experienced singers in a happy and friendly manner. To this end we perform public concerts, invite young musicians to perform with us, join with school choirs and organise workshops.
We perform three concerts a year, usually on a Saturday evening, normally held at St Andrew’s Church, Paddock Wood but from time to time the choir performs at other venues and in charity events such as Voices for Hospice. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings (during school term time) between 7.45pm and 9.30pm in St Andrew’s Church. Members should normally expect to sing at all three concerts in the year.
Our repertoire covers all eras of music from the renaissance to pop. The Christmas concert usually features one or two main works plus carols, and for the
spring concert the choir engages professional soloists and is usually accompanied by The Henham Chamber Orchestra. This performance often consists of more serious works and the orchestra performs a work of its own.
The summer concert is in lighter vein, perhaps involving groups from local schools and other guests. We provide music, available for hire for each concert, or you can buy your own if you wish – for some concerts there may be an opportunity to buy music at a group discount through the Society.
If you would like to know more about the Choir, please get in touch with our Secretary or our Chairman.
Find out when our term starts and where to find us
If you would like to support the Choir financially please contact our Treasurer.
We have Music for Hire.
You can read an article published in the Kent Messenger in 2014 giving historic information about the choir occasioned by the its 35th anniversary.