The Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society – the Choir – is a vibrant community of people from all walks of life sharing a passion for classical, mixed-voice choral singing. We are a long-established and very friendly choir made up of around a hundred female and male singers drawn from the Kent and East Sussex area around Tunbridge Wells.

Our repertoire includes a range of choral and operatic works. We usually stage two major concerts each year in the spring and autumn, a Christmas concert in December, and a less formal summer concert in June or July. The summer concert programme is usually less challenging and provides an opportunity for younger or less experienced singers to join us.

Weekly rehearsals are usually held in St John’s Church Hall, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9LG, on Mondays, from 19.30-21.30 (7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.). There are usually around twelve rehearsals for each main concert. The rehearsal schedule shows dates for the forthcoming term as well as rehearsal notes indicating passages for attention during the coming week.

Rehearsals are taken by our Music Director Robyn Sevastos with accompanist Craig Hudson, both of whom are appointed by the committee and employed on a professional contracts.

Details of forthcoming concerts can be found on the Concerts page.

If you would like to join the Choir please have a look at the membership page. If you would like to join our mailing list you can do so here. You can also support the activities of the choir by becoming a Friend or Patron.

Major concerts are usually staged in the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre, while local churches and other smaller venues are used for the Christmas and summer concerts. The choir works with various professional and amateur orchestras and ensembles.  London orchestras recently engaged, have included the Salomon Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia and the London Handel Orchestra. Orchestral works are often included in our concert programmes.

RTWCS  is a self-governing society enjoying the freedom to achieve our aims through evolution, adaptation and innovation. The organisation and management of the choir – a registered charity – is carried out by the committee according to the requirement of our Constitution. Concerts are inevitably expensive events to stage so financial and other support is vital for the society. Please refer to our support section to find out how you can help the choir.

There is a short history of the Society’s early years on the the brief history page. An extensive archive of past concert programmes and reviews is available: years 2001 to date and 1905 to 2000. Photographs from concerts and various other events can be viewed under the galleries menu.