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Upcoming Events

Please make a note of the following dates of upcoming events

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2019

Wednesday 11th December Saltwood Parish Church  7:30pm

 

Rehearsals for this concert start on Wednesday September 11th at 7,30 in Saltwood Village School Hall.

 

100th SEASON CONCERT 2020

Saturday 18th April 2020

The Concert in the new year will be held at Saltwood Village Hall on Saturday April 18th 2020

As this is the start of our 100th season we will be celebrating with pieces which were performed when the choir was in its infancy.

Music from 'The Yeoman of the Guard' and 'Merrie England'

 

Why not come and join us?

Any newcomers very welcome

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.

ABOUT US

 

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.