Dean Close Choral Society is open to everyone – pupils and staff, past and present; governors; parents past, present and future; indeed, anyone connected or unconnected with the school. There are no auditions, though being able to sing and read music is perhaps desirable!

On Friday 9 November 2018, Remembrance weekend and the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, Choral Society will perform Karl Jenkins, The Armed Man, as part of the Dean Close Foundation’s Great War tributes. Pupils from Dean Close Senior and Prep Schools and from St John’s on the Hill will be involved. Adult members of Choral Society rehearse on Tuesdays 7pm-8pm in the Prince Michael Hall at Dean Close beginning on Tuesday 11 September.

If you would like to sing or for more information, please contact Sylvia Klemz by 1st September 2018 on


The first performance was in 1952 with a performance of Handel’s Messiah, and in more recent years Choral Society has performed Verdi’s Requiem at Cheltenham Town Hall and Haydn’s Nelson Mass at the Pittville Pump Room. After nearly 60 years of performance, it has an excellent reputation in Cheltenham and is joined by a professional orchestra and accomplished soloists on the concert night.

There are no auditions; new members are warmly welcomed and tend to join when rehearsals start in September. Some parents relish the opportunity to sing alongside their child, other members just simply enjoy singing and being part of something that is fun and culminates in an impressively high standard.

No subscriptions are requested but members may be required to pay for a copy/hire of the music.

If you would like to get involved please contact Sylvia Klemz, Music Department Administrator.

All rehearsals take place in the PMH at 7.00pm.