A Brief History of ACS

The choir with the Aylesbury Sinfonia performing Haydn's Creation, in April 2023.

Aylesbury Choral Society was founded in 1932 by Charles Pope, who lived locally and did so much for the musical life of the town. Its first president was Rutland Boughton, Aylesbury's own 'classical' composer, much admired by Sir Edward Elgar.

With an initial eleven members, the Society concentrated mostly on madrigals and part songs. After a very successful appearance at the Buckingham Festival the Society began to grow, and consequently started to expand its repertoire. Our numbers continued to increase as we developed into a well-established Choral Society within the town and one of the leading groups in Buckinghamshire.

Before the Covid pandemic, we regularly numbered as many as 90 members of all ages and abilities, including a fairly sizeable tenor and bass section. Even since, we have averaged around 40-50 singers and are gradually expanding again, though we are especially short of men and would welcome any who would like to join us.


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