OK, so the Choral Society is not a choir or a club but there is a web-master: me! I would be very pleased to hear from anybody who has comments to make, an event to add or an invitation to extend to equally passionate choral singers.

Contact me, Johann, at webmaster@choralsociety.org.uk

There is a snail-mail address too but I prefer to let you have this by e-mail request rather than broadcasting it freely on the Internet.

Web-master’s biog
The Web-master describes himself as a failed professional musician. He was a protégé of Jean Lloyd-Webber (mother of Julian and Andrew), who taught him violin and piano from the age of six. She entered him for a place at the Royal College of Music where he won a Junior Exhibition. Julian Bream was a contemporary. However, there were so many outside temptations for a youngster so your web-master didn't practise enough. He followed a career in advertising and marketing as a director and consultant. He is very grateful to Virginia Graham (journalist and inseparable friend of Joyce Grenfell) and others for the opportunities given to him to hear wonderful music both in performance and rehearsal at the Royal Albert Hall. He frequently watched Sir Adrian Boult and heard some Bartok first performances.

A few years ago the web-master discovered his first instrument – the voice – and took up choral singing. He became chairman of the Oxted & Limpsfield Choral Society where Sir Michael Tippett was formerly the Director of Music. The choir was short of tenors (who isn't) so he was greeted with flowers and kisses when he defected from the basses! He now learns and practises more than he has ever done and sings in a variety of choral groups. Composition has always been an interest but it takes more ability and time than he possesses to write out a score. Nevertheless, he scored a double failure last year in neither winning the St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields/Radio 4 nor Richard & Judy’s carol competitions.