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!

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.

On Friday 9th November 2018, Remembrance weekend and the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, Choral Society performed 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 were all involved in this poignant performance. For more information please click here.

During Lent Term 2018-19, Choral Society will be rehearsing a new piece to perform.
The first rehearsal of the term is on Tuesday 29th January at 7pm, in the PMH.

If you would like to sing or for more information, please contact Sylvia Klemz on

There are no auditions; new members are warmly welcomed. 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.