Blossoming and Maturing
When the society celebrated its 10th anniversary year in 2015, its focus returned to its roots - choral singing. Now that the original youngsters from Elmbridge Young Musicians have grown up and moved on, the youth band has dissolved but hopes to re-establish itself in the future with some new recruits. The society is proud and delighted that Elmbridge Big Band has now been launched very successfully into independence, with a new name but many of the original band members still in place. The structure of the society has changed over the years and continues to evolve, however it is evident to anyone who has seen a Surrey Music performance that the society is built on a strong foundation of pride, friendship and a sense of community.
It was this very same sense of community that led to Surrey Music's involvement in, and appearance at, the first ever Pride in Surrey event in August 2019, and the subsequent launch of Surrey's first ever LGBTQ+ choir, Surrey Rainbow Choir in October 2019. Founded by Cliff and led by Musical Director, Christopher Wray, Surrey Rainbow Choir amazingly received more than 100 registrations for membership before the launch, and performed for the first time in public with its two sister choirs at Surrey Music's Christmas concert just 7 weeks later! Another astounding success for the society.
And under the extraordinary leadership of Cliff van Tonder, who has already brought the group so far, Surrey Music continues to go from strength to strength. With Cliff's vision and inspiration, the enthusiasm and commitment of its members, and the loyalty of the society’s supporters, there is little doubt that Surrey Music will continue to thrive and flourish for years to come, bringing the joy of music to all.