This Shing Night - Kingston Choral Society Summer Concert

St Andrews Church, Maple Road, Surbiton,KT6 4DS


UNTIL Saturday 24th June

This Shing Night - Kingston Choral Society Summer Concert

KCS Promises a Shining Night

On 24 June, 7.30pm, Kingston Choral Society (KCS) returns to St Andrew's Church, Surbiton, KT6 4DS to present a midsummer concert celebrating and reflecting on the beauty and consolation of light.

The concert features two musical adaptations of text from a poem by James Agee.  US composers Samuel Barber and Morten Lauridsen both named their beautiful songs Sure on this Shining Night. Bob Chilcott's triptych Canticles of Light completes the first half. With its opening of tolling bells, this piece is darker in character. Parts one and two are hauntingly lovely prayers for comfort through the night. Brightness returns in part three of the, as a hymn to morning and renewal.

After the interval the choir and musicians will celebrate the songs and piano music of Schubert.

In a real treat for the audience, the highly acclaimed KCS regular accompanist, Gavin Roberts, will be joined by their multi—talented Musical Director, Andrew Griffiths, for Schubert piano duets. 

The choir will then return for the finale. The spirited Four Part Songs are among the best of Schubert's lesser-known repertory for mixed voices. Light – both literal in the 'splendid rays' of the sun – and figurative, as the joys of life, are again a central motif.

Be sure to join Kingston Choral Society for what will be a sparkling midsummer occasion.

Venue: St Andrew's Church, Maple Road, Surbiton, KT6 4DS

Date: Saturday 24 June, 7.30pm. Doors open 6.45pm. Open rehearsal 2.30pm


Samuel Barber – Sure on this Shining Night

Morten Lauridsen – Sure on this shining Night

Bob Chilcott – Canticles of Light

Schubert – Piano pieces

Schubert – Four Part Songs: Lebenslust. An die Sonne, Schicksalslenker & Die Tanz

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Further information: For more information about the choir and the concert, visit

Kingston Choral Society is a registered charity. Charity number: 261522

Contact: [email protected]

Kingston Choral Society is grateful for the financial support of the Humphrey Taylor Richardson Charitable Trust.

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