Horncastle and District Choral Society was formed in 1982 by Martin Cook, music teacher at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Horncastle. He died in 1994 and Penny Holland took over (initially on a temporary basis). Maureen Gay, music teacher from Banovallum School, helped out for a few years conducting alternate concerts, Penny retiring as conductor in 2013. Banovallum School’s former music teacher, Tom-Colin Thorpe, then became Associate Music Director, sharing conducting duties alongside Caroline Boden, who joined HCS in 2014. Caroline subsequently took over as Music Director in 2016 and stepped down in May 2019. Crauford Thomson has taken up the baton and will be directing the choir from September.
The Society performs two concerts a year, in May and December, at St Mary’s Church, Horncastle, with the choir enjoying an annual summer break.
The choir in its very early days with founder, Martin Cook.