Surrey Heath Singers meet the challenge to sing Britten’s St Nicolas cantata

A full house at High Cross Church in Camberley listened to Surrey Heath Singers meet the challenge of singing Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas cantata. The choir was supported by the Chameleon Arts Orchestra, with soloist James Atherton, choristers of Guildford Cathedral, and all led by conductor and Musical Director of Surrey Heath Singers, Andrew Phillips.

In part 2 of the evening programme, which followed the St Nicolas cantata, the audience joined the choir singing some favourite Christmas carols.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening of choral music, where we met many people we know. The Mayor of Surrey Heath – Cllr John Winterton was the concert guest, and being a member of a choir enjoyed reading the score during the concert break. We won a small prize in the raffle – arrived home a happy couple. Here are my photos of the concert,

2 thoughts on “Surrey Heath Singers meet the challenge to sing Britten’s St Nicolas cantata

  1. It’s a wonderful time of year to hear local choral groups. Yesterday, whilst shopping in Reading we found out that the Reading Male Voice Choir were joining with the Occasion Singers at 5.00pm that day (17th Dec) to perform a concert at Reading Minster. Well, what a superb performance of a Christmas themed concert with sublime musical choice and arrangements. Music from Cherubini, Schubert, JS Bach and Janacek, along with traditional carols. There were some wonderful creative arrangements, and all this for charity, with mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. Tim, it’s clear that you enjoy this type of activity, so I wholeheartedly recommend that you look out for this event next year – I’m sure it will take place again as the Minster was completely full. All this for £5 and a train ticket from Sunningdale to Reading. Wonderful. Merry Christmas, and many thanks for crafting and curating a file local blog. Keep up the good work.


  2. Thanks Will for your kind words, and for something to put in our diary for next Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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