Voices from the Surrey Downs

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Vaughan Williams Singers is a mixed-voice chamber choir based in the market town of Dorking in the Surrey Hills.

The choir sings a wide range of music, with a leaning towards 20th and 21st century a cappella works.

We are named after Dorking’s most illustrious musical resident, the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose choral music features in our repertoire.

Vaughan Williams Singers was founded in January 2018 by its Musical Director, Ian Assersohn and respected choral consultant Amy Bebbington.

Vaughan Williams Singers rehearses weekly during term-time on Tuesday evenings at The Priory School in Dorking.


Becoming a member of The Vaughan Williams Singers

We currently have openings for one alto and two basses.

New singers typically spend a couple of rehearsals with us after which they have a short informal audition. This will include a discussion about your musical experience and knowledge, performing a short prepared accompanied song of your choice, musicianship tests and a piece of sight-reading.


A brief summary of the choir's ethos

  • To give polished and musically satisfying performances

  • To promote the music of our own time through innovative programming and presentation

  • To provide training to help singers further develop their musical, choral and vocal skills

  • To provide enjoyable, fast-paced rehearsals and exciting performance and touring opportunities

  • To help spread the understanding and enjoyment of choral music through outreach activities


The Vaughan Williams Singers was founded by Ian Assersohn, an award-wining composer and highly experienced choral director and teacher living in Leatherhead, Surrey. Ian also directs Leatherhead Choral Society and Epsom Male Voice Choir and has worked with many other choirs and ensembles.


Musical Director