The Society’s aim is to promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in and the appreciation of, the art and science of choral music in all its aspects by the presentation of public concerts and recitals.
It all started in 1932 when Alfred James Harrison, conductor, organist and choirmaster at St Alphege Church, founded what was to become the Whitstable Choral Society. He would be proud and delighted that the Society has continued its association with St Alphege. Every year the Society returns to ‘its roots’ to perform the extremely popular concert of Carols and Christmas music, a light-hearted event enjoyed as much by the choir members as the audience.
Harold Wright, who joined the bass section in 1934, had a major influence on the fortunes of the Society. During fifty years as an active member, chairman and president he presided over many prestigious concerts and events, which included the Society’s Jubilee and Society’s Diamond anniversaries. Today’s flourishing society owes much to the loyalty and dedication of Harold Wright; he became a life president, until his death in 1996 aged 93 years. Today a patron of the society, his son Canon John Wright continues the family association.
Whitstable Choral Society has continued to progress, and under the influence of many conductors, develop, into the successful organisation we know today. The Society performs in a variety of venues in Whitstable, Herne Bay and Canterbury, the area from which the majority of its 120 membership is drawn. The Society helps to make the joy of choral music accessible to the population of East Kent. Whilst the membership continues to flourish, as, with many musical organisations, more tenors are always welcome. The Society actively seeks to employ local soloists and musicians.
Dr David Flood, the internationally renowned Organist and Master of Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral, was appointed Musical Director of the Society in April 1995. Under David’s guidance, the musical stature of Whitstable Choral Society has steadily grown to critical acclaim through performing a wide and challenging range of choral music.