Effective immediately and in line with current Government advice rehearsals have been cancelled as has the concert planned for 16 May 2020.

Welcome to Potters Bar Choral Society

We are a group of about forty people whose philosophy is to sing and have fun! Although we often sing from the classical repertoire, we also perform other styles such as swing, Gilbert & Sullivan and folk music. New members are welcome to join at any time without audition - we just ask for commitment and enthusiasm. We would particularly welcome people wishing to sing tenor.

Programme for 2019 - 2020
3 September 2019First rehearsal
7 December 2019 - 7:30pmChristmas concert at Our Lady and St Vincent Roman Catholic Church, Potters Bar
18 January 2020 - 7:30pmCarmina Burana in association with Lumina Choir, Hemel Hempstead Singers and Hemel Symphony Orchestra at St Saviour's Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans
25 January 2020 - 7:30pmCarmina Burana in association with Lumina Choir, Hemel Hempstead Singers and Hemel Symphony Orchestra at Mount Grace School, Potters Bar
16 May 2020 - 7:30pmVierne Messe Solennelle & Fauré Requiem at St Mary the Virgin and All Saints Church, Potters Bar CANCELLED
7 July 2020AGM via Zoom

Society Officers
Music DirectorMichael Veasey
Rehearsal PianistJen Carter
ChairmanDave Miller
TreasurerPhilip Asker
SecretaryJulie Lucas

About us


Established in 1961, we have been making music for over 52 years, contributing to the artistic and cultural life of Potters Bar and the surrounding area. With a repertoire ranging from Verdi to Gershwin, Mozart, Handel, JS Bach, Sir Arthur Sullivan and many other composers, the PBCS enjoy singing a wide variety of choral works, oratorio, part songs, opera and lighter music. Most importantly, the emphasis is on having fun!

The choir is not afraid to do things on a large scale: We performed the Brahms German Requiem in May 2008 with the Hemel Hempstead Singers forming a choir of 60 with a 45 piece orchestra. In 2002 we joined with the Harrow Philharmonic Choir and the Trinity Orchestra for two memorable performances of the Verdi Requiem.


We meet every Tuesday from 8-10 pm at St Mary's Church Hall, The Walk, Potters Bar EN6 1QQ. Membership fees averages out at about £3 per rehearsal although we don't ask new members to make a commitment until they have attended three rehearsals. We offer reduced subscriptions for retired, non-waged and student members. There is no audition and we ask only for enthusiasm and a commitment to attend regularly. Sight singing is not a prerequisite for membership and we provide rehearsal downloads in all four voices for many of our chosen pieces.

Past concerts


  • Charpentier: Christmas concert including Messe de minuit pour Noël
  • Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
  • Choral Classics


  • Poulenc: Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
  • Haydn: Nelson Mass and Te Deum
  • Chilcott: Little Jazz Mass and Spirituals


  • Handel: Dixit Dominus
  • Vivaldi: Gloria
  • "In the mood"


  • English music: sacred and secular
  • Mozart: Requiem


  • Fauré: Requiem
  • Vierne: Messe Solennelle
  • An evening of Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Handel: Messiah


  • Handel: Chandos Anthem Number 9


  • Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
  • "This Septr'd Isle": Shearer, Byrd, Rutter, Britten, Harding


  • Rutter: Gloria
  • Schubert: Eb Mass
  • Vaughan-Williams: Serenade to Music
  • 'Songs from the Shows' A celebration of musicals


  • Haydn: Creation


  • Faure: Requiem
  • Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass
  • Mendelssohn: Hymn of Praise
  • Bruckner: Motets


  • 'Songs For A Summer's Evening' A celebration of British music over the centuries
  • Madrigals, Folk Songs and 20th century songs
  • Vivaldi: Gloria, Haydn: Maria-Theresa Mass Poulenc: Concerto for Organ, Strings and Tympani


  • Christmas Concert including Vaughan-Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Brahms: Ein Deutsche Requiem, Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2, Brahms: Academic Festival Overture. With the Hemel Hempstead Singers
  • Opera Classics : popular opera choruses, arias and duets


  • Christmas Concert with five old English carols arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett and four Finnish Christmas songs arranged by Michael Head
  • With the Hemel Hempstead Singers as our guests: Handel: Dixit Dominus, Dvorák: Mass in D
  • As guests of the Hemel Hempstead Singers: Handel: Dixit Dominus and Coronation Anthems
  • Choral Classics Concert with excerpts from the Karl Jenkins' Armed Man and short pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Bruckner and Mozart


  • Christmas Concert with excerpts from the Bach Christmas Oratorio
  • Mozart: Solemn Vespers of the Confessor, Mass in C (Coronation), Symphony No.36 (Linz)
  • Songs from the Shows - 20th Century Musicals including Porgy and Bess, Cats, Oklahoma!


  • Britten: Ceremony of Carols
  • Rutter: Requiem, Poulenc: Gloria
  • Excerpts from The Geisha by Sidney Jones and The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan


  • Christmas Concert Including: Warlock, Bach: Holst
  • Fauré: Requiem, Handel: Coronation Anthems
  • Passiontide Music by Bruckner, Mozart, Gounod, Fauré, Tchaikovsky, Franck, Bach, Schubert, Elgar & Stainer
  • Mozart: Requiem, Purcell: Come Ye Sons of Art


  • Handel: Messiah 'Bring and Sing'
  • An Evening of Popular Opera Choruses
  • Duruflé: Requiem, Puccini: Messa Di Gloria


  • Carols from around the world
  • In the Mood: a celebration of musical theatre - Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin etc
  • Verdi: Requiem
  • Short choral pieces by Bruckner, Mozart, Gounod, Fauré, Tchaikovsky, Franck, Bach, Brahms, Schubert, Elgar & Stainer


  • Rossini: Petite Messe Solonelle, Fauré: Requiem
  • An evening with Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Christmas concert including Vaughan-Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols


  • Bach: Magnificat, Vivaldi: Magnificat, Handel: Coronation Anthems
  • British and American Folk Music
  • Handel: Messiah (Christmas Music)


  • Schubert: Mass in E-flat Major, Brahms: Liebeslieder
  • Opera Choruses: Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Weber & Purcell


  • Handel: Messiah, Gilbert and Sullivan


  • Handel: Zadok The Priest, Handel: Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi: Gloria


  • Mozart: Requiem, Gounod: St Cecelia Mass
  • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Contact us

If you would like to know more please send an email.