A Short History of our Society

The Society was formed in 1896 as The Lincoln Musical Society, with the aim of 'educating the public in the art of music' - at a time when the public took its music-making, like all leisure and artistic pursuits, very seriously! The first concert was on Tuesday December 8th 1896 in the Corn Exchange. Tickets cost 4s (20p), 2s and 1s! The programme included Mendelssohn's "Athalie" and a miscellany of songs, choruses and a recitation. The Musical Society changed its name to Lincoln Choral Society in 1987, as the new name was thought to be a better description of our activities.

In 1930 there was a concert at the Corn Exchange in Lincoln, including works of Sullivan, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov and Massenet. It featured over 250 performers, with many members of the Hallé Orchestra. You can see a scan of the programme here.

For our Centenary Concert in November 1996, we commissioned a Cantata from one of Lincoln's most distinguished composers, Dr Philip Marshall (formerly Organist at Lincoln Cathedral, and Musical Director of the Society). We have also given first perfomances of smaller scale works by Patrick Bennett (former Deputy Musical Director and Répétiteur of the Society).

We aim to continue to be a happy Choral Society, where friendship and a mutual love of choral music binds us together into a successful organisation where musical excellence is the ultimate goal. We aim to give our audience high quality and enjoyable choral music which extends their repertoire and ours, offering diversity of experience to choir and audience and enriching the cultural life of the community.

Lincoln Choral Society and the Black Dyke brass band performed Handel's Messiah in 2013.