Reigate and Redhill Choral Society is to round off its 70th anniversary year in suitably dramatic style with its ranks swelled for a concert in Redhill.

For the choir will be performing Purcell’s dramatic opera Dido and Aeneas in the concert, entitled Winter Classics, at Holy Trinity Church in Carlton Road on Saturday, December 1, at 7.30pm.

And as well as featuring professional orchestra and soloists, the choir, conducted by Peter Farrant, will be joined by members of the Chamber Choir of Reigate's Dunottar School for Girls.

The concert programme will also feature Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets, John Rutter’s Wells Jubilate, and Schubert’s Mass in G.

The concert will mark both the 70th anniversary of Reigate and Redhill Choral Society's birth in 1942, and the 215th anniversary of the birth of Franz Schubert.

Schubert’s Mass in G was written around 1815 in just five days when the composer was only 18, and the society's performance will showcase the 1980s discovery of a set of parts for the work which clearly indicated Schubert’s final intentions for the inclusion of trumpets and timpani.

Amongst the professional orchestra and soloists performing will be several who have appeared with the BBC Singers, Polyphony, The Sixteen and The Holst Singers. The society's collaboration with Dunottar School for Girls is part of an extensive community development programme devised by Mr Farrant and supported by sponsors Legal and General.

The project has been designed to offer a programme through which the young can grow and develop into young adults with active healthy lifestyles, as well as enhanced achievements and workplace skills.

Mr Farrant, who has directed the Reigate and Redhill Choral Society since 1998, said: “This project successfully enhanced these young performers’ skills and enjoyment, through singing and performing alongside both amateur and professional musicians.” Tickets for Winter Classics are available in advance from the choir's website at:, from the box office on 01342 843718, or on the door from 7pm, subject to availability.

For more details visit the choir’s website.