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About Us

Past, Present & Future

Northwood Choral Society is a long-established choir of around 30 singers based in Northwood, UK. We rehearse on a Sunday evening. At Northwood Choral Society we have Edward Longstaff as musical director - accomplished conductor, composer, and cellist. Our choir is also committed to supporting gifted young singers and their local community. Each rehearsal begins with a vocal technique session and the opportunity to work with singers of other voice types. We also have workshops and a wonderful 2024+ season planned. If you would like to join us, please get in touch to find out more.
We are currently accepting any new members, so contact us!!

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Musical Staff


Edward LongStaff

Musical Director

I was delighted to be approached and asked to take over from Julie Bale as Musical Director of the Northwood Choral Society.  The invitation could not have come at a better time for me.  I had already decided that this year, my 31st, at the Purcell School, would be my last, and I was looking for new challenges and projects to take on to complement my new life as a full-time composer.  My time at the School has given me a wealth of experience in training and inspiring musicians, and I have been responsible for choral singing within the School for many years. I am delighted to be starting this exciting new relationship with a well-established and healthy adult choral society, as I prepare to relinquish my work with the talented young people at Purcell.

My interests and tastes as a musician are wide. As well as enjoying conducting choirs and orchestras and composing, I am also a singer and cellist.  My projects for next year include writing an opera and conducting the recently formed Caledonian Chamber Orchestra.  This group holds holiday courses for undergraduate and post-graduate students, bringing chamber orchestra repertoire to parts of Scotland that rarely see live classical music.


Genevieve Bentham


Genny was born in London and began studying the violin and piano at the age of 6 and won a place at the Royal College of Music from the age of 8.Genny attended The Purcell School and held the Gramophone scholarship in the 6th form and then studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and then The Guildhall school of Music and Drama as a Violinist and Singer Genny has been an instrumental, vocal and classroom music teacher for 20 years, teaching both Primary and Secondary music and has worked at the Royal College of Music as a Choral Conductor and musicianship teacher.

Chairs Message

Lesley Dutton


My name is Lesley and I have been singing with NCS for 6 years.
I am a semi-retired Mathematics teacher, and they do say that Maths and Music go together. I came to singing later in life, when we lived in East Kent, near Canterbury, an area rich in Music and Choral tradition. I have sung in different church choirs and Choral societies, and have now landed in
what I believe is the best!
The unfailing support and friendship within the group, between all members, means that NCS is a welcoming and inclusive choir.
We are a small choir, but I like to think, well formed on every level.
We hope to grow in number and if you are at all interested or intrigued, do come along on a Sunday night and observe what we get up to, or come along to one of our concerts. We will give you a warm welcome.

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