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Upcoming Events

Please make a note of the following dates of upcoming events

Regrettably, due to the Corona virus restrictions, all rehearsals and performances are cancelled for the foreseeable future.

We will NOT be holding our usual Christmas performance in Saltwood Church.

Updates will be posted as soon as the restrictions are relaxed and we can return safely to singing again.

Please keep well and we hope to see you all in the not too distant future.

Church Flower Festival

This lovely arrangement was dedicated to Saltwood Choral Society for the Church Flower festival, and was arranged by Audrey Waite. Many thanks for this wonderful work of art.



The Society was founded in 1921. It was always intended that it should remain a small choir to serve the needs of village life and over the years membership has fluctuated between 30 and 40, except in 1948 when it had a record 60 members. The current membership is just over 50.


Having strong connections with the Parish Church, the Rector of Saltwood has usually interested himself in the society and at times has acted as President.


During the war years, the Saltwood Singers, as they were then called, managed to keep going in a small way. In 1944 & 1945 the singing was carried on under the Kent Evening Class Scheme. After the war, the society was reconstituted. At this time, Hythe Choral Society found it could not get enough members to survive, so the two societies were amalgamated and many of the Saltwood Choral Society’s new members came up the hill from Hythe as they do to this day.


The first conductor was a Mr Hollyoak who was succeeded by Linda Howe from 1947 – 1959. After this, Gerald Pfaff became musical director from 1960 to 1973.  John Hurd, Head of music at  Highworth school, Ashford, followed him. In 1980 he resigned to concentrate on accompanying and was choir accompanist for many years until retiring from the position in 2014.  Bridget Wight, well known as a singer in the village, took over the directorship.  She remained as choir conductor for 31 years until 2011. The current musical director is Duncan Lord who was previously popular with the choir as a soloist at many of the productions.


Duncan Lord was born and brought up in the Home Counties where through Grammar School and Chapel Choir he became firmly hooked on music. He went on to study the subject at Southampton University and followed this with a career in teaching. In addition, he acted as accompanist to the Kent Youth Choir for many years and has also directed summer choral courses.


Active locally as a singer, organist and accompanist for over thirty years, he sang on many occasions as a soloist with Saltwood Choral Society and is now pleased to be working regularly with the choir as its musical director.