Welcome to Ryton Choral Society

Our next concert is on 6th July at 7:30pm, where we will perform a selection of English pastoral music from composers such as Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Ireland and Holst accompanied by a string quartet.

Ryton Choral Society, founded in 1971, is a mixed voice adult choir of about 30 members. We meet on Tuesday nights in school term-time at:

Please see NEWS page for rehearsal venue details

Warm up starts at 7.15.
Rehearsals finish at 9.15.

We are always keen to welcome new singers. There are no formal auditions.

Please contact the Chairman or Secretary if you wish to give us a try. They will ensure a warm welcome.

Please visit the NEWS section for information related to any changes brought about by the Covid pandemic


Members pay £150 per year. This fee includes about 30/35 rehearsal sessions  and performances.  Members pay for the hire of music, at cost, and very occasionally are asked to buy their own music if for some reason hiring of a particular piece is very difficult.


The choir was traditionally based at Thorp Academy (previously Ryton Comprehensive School) and sang there regularly.
More recently concerts have been held in Whickham, Prudhoe, Ponteland, Crawcrook and Corbridge. The choir has also used the King’s Hall, Newcastle University on several occasions and has performed at the URC in Jesmond and St James’ and St Basils’ in Fenham.
In the past (2013, 2015, 2017) the society has collaborated with Bishopwearmouth Choral Society to sing in a joint concert at Sage Gateshead, Hall One.
Venues and the timing of concerts are always under review.


Our repertoire is largely classical – both sacred and secular.  We also sing contemporary music – often specially arranged by our Musical Director. You can see the wide variety of music we have sung by going to the past concerts of this site.
In the 2006 we sang ‘The Leap of the Heart’ – a song cycle commissioned by the Society from the composer Felicity Laurence.
Our concert on 12th December 2009 included a world premiere – ‘The Prelude’ by Michael J. Smith.

Musical director

From 2001 – 2017 the Society was led by David Murray. David retired from this post in December 2017 and the Society was delighted to announce the appointment of Alastair Lord as his replacement. Alastair led his first concert in 2018.  See more in the Musical Director and Past Concerts pages


A copy of the Constitution can be found here