Spelthorne Choral Society, based in Staines-upon-Thames, is the foremost choir in the borough of Spelthorne. Founded in 1920 and originally named Ashford Choral Society, they have welcomed members from Staines, Ashford, and beyond for nearly a century. Currently formed of fifty singers, the choir performs four concerts per season during the period of September to early-July. The choir performs major choral works, as well as lesser-known works, to the highest standards, often alongside professional soloists with a variety of piano, organ, and orchestral accompaniment.
The choir is directed by Sean Bui and accompanied by Lindsay Bridgwater, both accomplished professional musicians. Our weekly rehearsals include basic vocal training and are both methodical and fun! If you have a passion for singing any type of music, why not come to a rehearsal and have a go? Rehearsals take place on Mondays during term-time from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Our Lady of the Rosary School, Park Avenue, Staines, Middlesex, TW18 2EF and additionally on the Thursday prior to each concert. We currently have vacancies in all parts and there is no audition process. Please contact us for further details.
Born and educated in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Sean read Music at Royal Holloway University of London, where he received both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees. He is an experienced conductor, composer, singer, and music editor, having previously worked for Oxford University Press.
As an accomplished conductor, Sean regularly directs Quire Voices, Spelthorne Choral Society, The Royal Harmonics, and The Knights of Harmony, amongst other choirs. Sean is also Assistant Director of Music at The Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor GreatPark.
Sean is a talented singer and most recently achieved first place with his quartet, First Edition, in the International Quartet category at the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention in October. Sean has studied singing with many talented professionals, as well as participating in masterclasses with Janice Chapman and Ron Morris. His past classical solo performances include the Mozart Requiem and Great Mass in C minor, as well as a performance at The Royal Albert Hall.
For further information, please visit: www.seanbui.com
Lindsay Bridgwater was born in Nottingham and studied Music at Cambridge University, acquiring a degree and various diplomas on the way. Whilst at Cambridge, he was Musical Director for the famous Footlights Revue.
He continues to perform in many diverse projects, and finds all genres both enriching and stimulating. He would tell us, however, that he is continuing his musical education at the 'School of Life' where he is constantly being stimulated by challenges from 'Rock to Baroque'.
He is well known as an organist and accompanist throughout London. He continues to travel widely and work regularly with the Philharmonia. He has completed another project with Pimlico Opera, in which he took part in a sequence of performances of ‘Les Miserables’ in Prison. This worthy project was attended by the Duchess of Cornwall, one of the sponsors, and involves professional musicians and actors working alongside inmates to stage performances.
Also Lindsay has given an Organ and Harpsichord recital in Suffolk, and continues to give two-piano recitals with fellow musician Leslie Pearson.
His past is littered with performing credits from Ozzy Osbourne to Buckingham Palace and The Vatican. The diversity of his musical interests is underlined by his having performed on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, and 4!
Executive Committee Members:
Chairman: Gill Sloan
Honorary Secretary: Peter Wood
Honorary Treasurer: Irene Smith
Musical Director: Sean Bui
Librarian: Jane Offler
Concert Manager: Gwen House
Box Office Manager: Sue Chorley
Press and Publicity: Daphne Harman
Fundraising/Social: Daphne Harman
Soprano Part Rep: Birdy Thomas
Alto Part Rep: Bobby Walker
Tenor and Bass Part Rep: Peter Wood