Welcome to the home of Surrey Music - The Choirs with Heart!

Surrey Community Music Society consists of three choirs: Elmbridge Choir, Elmbridge Ladies Choir and Surrey Rainbow Choir, and is based in Cobham and Guildford in Surrey, United Kingdom.

Membership of Surrey Music is open to any adult regardless of ethnicity, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, race, religious belief or financial circumstances. 

Joining one of our choirs will not only ignite your own life with passion through the joy of music, but you will also be helping to make a big difference in the community. Our goal is to nurture, protect and grow musical talent and initiatives in Surrey, and to provide help and hope for those less fortunate than ourselves. As well as awarding grants of more than £14,000 for music-related activities and projects in Surrey, we have raised more than £200,000 for other deserving charities through our concerts and perfomances.

We hope you will enjoy these web pages. Please do feel free to browse around and contact us if you have any questions whatsoever about our activities, or if you wish to join one of our sections, we would be pleased to welcome you on board.

"Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow’

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A potted history of Surrey Music

The ‘mighty oak’ that is Surrey Community Music Society started with the formation of Elmbridge Choir in 2005. Now comprising three thriving choirs boasting almost 300 volunteer members, the society has in addition founded a highly successful community big band, supported and developed a group of young musicians, set up a music group for new parents and babies, organised weekly music sessions for adults with learning disabilities, provided more than £14,000 in grants for music activities and raised more than £200,000 for charitable purposes.

How it all began….planting the seed

Elmbridge Choir was founded by Cobham resident Cliff van Tonder, who wanted to start a local choir in his community. Having placed an advert in the local papers inviting members of the public to come along to the choir’s first ever rehearsal, he was delighted to find that the hall was packed with more than 100 eager prospective choir members!

Elmbridge Music - A Look Back

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A 7-minute "look-back" at the making of Elmbridge Music"

A video collage presented to members of the local press at a recent press reception showing how Elmbridge Music has evolved and to thank them for supporting our society and helping us grow.

Stella's After our 5th Birthday Party

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StellaAfter our 5th Birthday Boat Party - 29 August 2010

Wow - what a night - what a party.  When the invitation was received there was an initial intake of breath followed by 'can I afford to go?' Closely followed by 'can I afford NOT to go.  Having got that decision sorted the next step was to research the 1920's costume - thank goodness for the website, many happy hours spent trolling through a wealth of fascinating information about the era including some rather detailed videos on make-up! ...

Jilly's After our 5th Birthday Party

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Saturday 29th August 2010 : 19.00 - 23.30 :  "Putting on the Glitz" - 5th Birthday Party of Elmbridge Music on board M.V. Erasmus, River Thames, London

It all started 5 years ago and our celebrations to mark that fact began with a beautifully designed invitation card addressed to us personally. Then came many hours of work and planning by a hard working few people. The result was a fun, well organised and memorable evening. The following is an A-Z of the result (in no particular order!):....

We're turned 5!

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Cobham-based Elmbridge Community Music Society celebrates its fifth birthday in September this year.  Even before the Elmbridge Choir had reached it's fifth birthday, it had performed at over 20 concerts, raised more than £70,000 for charity, and now forms the basis of The Elmbridge Community Music Society, which also comprises the Elmbridge Ladies Choir, the Elmbridge Community Big Band, and Elmbridge Young Musicians - an astonishing 304 members.

Here We Grow Again - 2009

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22 February  12:30-14:45. In an attempt to turn what, some say, might be a white elephant into a thriving red Rose, we were invited to sing (free of charge to us) in the recently built Shakespearean-style theatre, The Rose, in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Considering the unusual timing of 1230 pm on a Sunday, we had a good audience consisting largely of mayors, mayors and more mayors and mayoresses - 9, to be precise, and 2 deputies!

We were raising funds this time for the Mayor of Kingston's Charity Appeal supporting Combat Stress and Forces Children's Trust and he had invited mayors from several neighbouring boroughs including some from London. The glittering, clanking chains were a sight to behold! Once again borrowed staging was wheeled along the road from a nearby church. We had the luxury of several dressing rooms upstairs so when it was time to go on stage there was a long trail of us down dark and narrow back stairs waiting for our cue to all march on.