From the heart of Southern England, the Surrey Hills Chamber Choir (SHCC) was founded in 2005. With a membership of up to 32 members the choir comprises enthusiastic amateurs from many different walks of life, all brought together by the joy of singing and the desire to perform to the best of their ability. The choir enjoys singing all styles of song from medieval motets through to contemporary pop and everything in-between.
What makes SHCC special and highly popular with members and local audiences is the desire to perform from memory and predominantly unconducted. Performing without a conductor requires singers to contribute at a very high individual level in the preparatory stages to ensure a performance that is full of incisive dynamics and phrasing. Most importantly, members aim to produce a cohesive interpretation of the text and musical line. The reward for this intense level of engagement is the greater enjoyment that our singers experience from performing directly to an audience and being fully engaged in their audience’s emotional response.
The choir has achieved results at many competitions with wins at Cheltenham, Bournemouth, Mrs Sunderland Music Festival in Huddersfield, Portsmouth and two 2nd place prizes at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. The choir’s proudest achievement was becoming Adult Choir of the Year in 2012.