Welcome to the Halstead & District Choral Society

Halstead Choral Society is one of the oldest non-audition musical societies in Essex with records going back 75 years. The Choral Society has a reputation for presenting concerts of a wide and varied content to a high standard of musical performance. 2017 we celebrate 60 years as Halstead and District Choral Society although records went back at least another 25 years under different names. The choral society sings a variety of music and we hold 4 concerts a year including a Carol Concert at Christmas.

New members are always welcome!


James Davey

Musical Director

James Davey is one of the UK's most distinguished and respected choral directors, in demand for his work as a conductor, choir trainer, adjudicator and fixer.

Formerly the chief choral advisor for the BBC's sheet music archive, James has delivered projects for the BBC Singers Education Department and regularly conducts and prepares choirs for broadcasts on TV and radio, as well as providing professional ensembles to the entertainment and advertising industries.

As well as leading the Halstead & District Choral Society, at the heart of his busy schedule James is Musical Director for Chantage (winners of the Malta International Choral Competition 2015 and the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year Competition 2006) and the Chandos Chamber Choir, and he is a Choral Conductor for the Royal College of Music Junior Department. He also directs 4Tunes, the award-winning staff choir at Channel 4 Television.

James is a tutor for the Association of British Choral Conductors and the Association of Irish Choirs, offering guidance to conductors all over the UK, and during the summer months he leads choirs for the Cranleigh Choral Week and the Sherborne Summer School of Music.


Fran Ringer


Fran is a MA Piano Accompaniment graduate from the Royal Academy of Music. She is also a first study harpsichordist, known for her sensitive accompanying skills, performing with instrumentalists, groups and singers. As a répétiteur, she has played for several musical theatre productions, such as Into The Woods, Fiddler on the Roof and several baroque operas such as Saul, Acis and Galatea and King Arthur, which were performed in the Assembly Rooms and the Pump Rooms in Bath. Fran has performed in the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO. She is currently a secondary school music teacher and a piano and recorder teacher for Music Discovery Dagenham. She has played numerous recitals, competitions, choirs and is heavily involved in outreach and educational projects.