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About Fairford and District Choral Society

There has been a choral society based in Fairford for many years. Archive photographs go back to 1948.

The society was conducted by John Henderson, Tony Frewer and Julia Morris for a number of years but disbanded in the 1970s. Later, in the 1990s, St Mary’s Church, Fairford started to hold concerts of sacred music on Palm Sunday drawing singers from Fairford and the surrounding area. Works sung included the Fauré, Rutter and Mozart Requiems, the Somervell Passion, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Schubert and Haydn Masses and Handel’s Messiah. This Palm Sunday choir became Fairford & District Choral Society in 2006.

The Fairford and District Choir in 1948

The Fairford and District Choral Society 1948

Conductor, >Marysia Gorska-Saj
Conductor, Marysia Gorska-Saj

The music director from 2006 until the end of 2015 was John Read. His successor in January 2016 was Marysia Gorska-Saj, who has prestigious music qualifications from her native Poland, and is a graduate of the conducting course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she studied under our President, Adrian Partington. Marysia returns in 2023 after a year off in 2022 during which time the choir was under the direction of Katrine Reimers.

The choir performs choral music of many different types, from the 15th century to the 21st, to as high a standard as possible;
to help us in this we engage soloists and accompanists who are professionals singing and playing in some of the finest choirs in Britain.
Our aim is to be a welcoming and friendly choir.

The Society is a registered Charity number 1118754.

Our logo was kindly designed by Jake Sutton.

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