Synopsis

The Ashtead Singers is a mixed voice (SATB) choir of 35 members who enjoy singing & socialising together. We aim to sing to very high standards, indeed some of us are professionally trained, and are soloists in their own right. Some are accomplished keyboard players. We now have a very broad repertoire of choral music, both sacred and secular and perform in a wide variety of venues.




Our Story

The Ashtead Singers was formed in the summer of 1986. A group of singers from Ashtead Choral Choral Society were keen to carry on singing during the annual summer break. Initially the group sang for fun in members houses, moving on to give concerts in local churches & other venues.

In 1988 a contact with St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle led to the opportunity to sing the weekend services of Saturday Evensong & Sunday Matins, Eucharist & Evensong. Since then we have sung at Windsor nearly every year and have also been invited to sing at many other prestigious venues including Worcester, Gloucester, Winchester, Salisbury, Westminster and Rochester cathedrals.

We have also performed at the Star & Garter Home in Richmond, sung a Memorial service at St Thomas' Hospital, and provided Christmas entertainment for annual dinners for the local Round Table.

At Christmas time we usually sing for the London Fire Brigade's Christmas Carol Service at St. Paul's or Westminster Cathedral. The Fire Brigade connection led to an invitation for our men to appear in an episode of LWT's 'London's Burning'. Our plucky band of brothers gave a rousing performance of 'Jerusalem' followed by a dousing from the crew of 'Blue Watch' on prime time television.

We continue to expand our repertoire and aim for even higher standards in the future. Over the next two years we look forward to engagements at Salisbury & Winchester cathedrals and are beginning to plan our first trip away together in Europe.




Musical Director: Andrew Storey

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Andrew Storey has been conductor of the Ashtead Singers for the past 5 years.

He was Organ Scholar at Blackpool Grammar School and studied the organ in Canterbury Cathedral under David Flood whilst reading for a degree in Music and Mathematics at Kent University.

He taught music at Halliford School, Shepperton and the City of London Freemen's School before returning to academic life to study Computing and Mathematics. On completing an MSc and PhD Andrew went back to teaching and is currently Director of ICT at Dulwich College.

As well as singing, directing and teaching music at Dulwich College Andrew is also the Assistant Director of Music for the Hackney Singers and can been seen regularly playing for Ashtead Choral Society, most notably on their bi-annual tours abroad. He is also the Organist at Holy Innocents Chruch in Norwood. In his spare time Andrew is an Independent Schools Inspector and spends time in China looking after the Dulwich College franchise schools in Beijing, Shanghai and Suzchou.