What people say
Choir reviews - What do people think of us?
Here are some of the comments we have had from professional musicians who have worked with us, from our audience and from our members.
Press comments can be seen in Concert - Reviews.
"...the choir produced a rich, homogenous sound with voice parts well balanced. Clear diction and sensitive phrasing added to the musicality of the performance, and lent weight to the meaning of the Latin text...The choir sang with great conviction and empathy, clearly relishing the opportunity to perform Willcocks’ work." Click here to read full review
Suzanne Goacher, Audience member, November 2012
"I'm still full to the brim with the real pleasure of Saturday's performance - the sheer privilege indeed of sharing the platform with the GCS. I've had the pleasure of conducting Messiah on a number of occasions but I can't remember one in which the 'message' of the work seemed to come over so well."
Brian Kay, Conductor, March 2012
"The concert was a great joy for me and once again the combination of GCU and GCS was terrific. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s organist, John Birch, came round afterwards to say how impressed he’d been by the choir."
Brian Wright, Conductor, November 2011
"The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra always enjoys working with Guildford Choral Society. The enthusiasm and dedication of the singers makes for music making of the highest quality."
Ian Maclay, Managing Director, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
"It goes without saying that GCS set themselves the highest standards of performance and it is wonderful to perform alongside such committed and enthusiastic singers. What also impressed me greatly in these days of alleged dwindling interest in classical music is that GCS never failed to fill the Cathedral with an eager audience for their concerts - testament both to local interest in their programming and to a healthy marketing strategy!"
Roderick Williams, Baritone soloist
"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with GCS over the past few years. It's always a great comfort to know that I'm being accompanied by one of the most enthusiastic and competent choirs in the country. Their hospitality and friendliness is unsurpassed and their range of repertoire is admirable. I always look forward to my next engagement with great anticipation!"
Mary Nelson, Soprano soloist
"I have sung twice with Guildford Choral Society and found the whole experience delightful both times. The administrative side was excellent, both before and after the performance; the hospitality on the day was most welcoming; the orchestra on both occasions was rather fine and the chorus sang heartily and very musically, easily as good as many professional choirs. All round, two very memorable concerts."
William Purefoy, Counter-Tenor soloist
"Guildford Choral Society is a fabulous organisation with great energy and enthusiasm for the music they perform and I am delighted to be a local lass who gets the opportunity to sing with them. I regularly perform with major choral societies and Guildford is one of my favourites. They are a lovely group of people.
Janice Watson, Soprano soloist
"My journey from Cardiff to hear Mendelssohn’s Elijah was rewarded with a spirited, expressive and moving performance from Guildford Choral Society and Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra. The choir’s new director Jonathan Willcocks elicited fine tone and a wide range of expression from both choir and orchestra in Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorio, in which they were complemented by a fine line-up of soloists.
Hugh Minor, Cardiff, audience member, 16 June 2012
"I thought the first entry was amazing with so much power - I was surprised that you didn't have microphones. I loved the contrasts in the choruses and the choir sang well when they were singing with the soloists."
James, aged 13, audience member, 16 June 2012
"I sang a lot back home in Canada. GCS performs very good music; the quality of the soloists and orchestra is excellent, and you get exposure to professional musicians as well as performing different types of works."
Beverley - Soprano
"I joined the choir after a long break from singing. Getting back to singing was easier than I feared. The music can be challenging, but supported by a great bunch of people and musicians, confidence grows each and every week. And there is always the social side too…!"
James - Bass
"I was invited to join. I enjoy the quality of the music."
Paul - Tenor
"I love it! I am very proud to be in such a big choir which offers the best type of singing, with other people of similar standard."
Rebecca - Alto
"I sang in Italy, my homeland, and joined GCS to make new friends. I love the choral and orchestral music that the choir performs. It is at such a high level."
Felix - Bass
"...the experiences and opportunities I have had singing with GCS have been truly unexpected and amazing. I've worked with many high ranking professional soloists and orchestras, making recordings and touring aboard."
Janee - Soprano
"I joined after about 30 years of not really singing and have thoroughly enjoyed the singing and friendship on Thursday evenings. The performances were a huge thrill – to be part of such wonderful music making was exhilarating. I couldn’t believe that the lift from the second concert could be even greater than the first. Nor was I ready for how tired I’d be next day!"
Shirley - Alto