Rugby Philharmonic Choir

Rugby Philharmonic Choir since 1867

Celebrating 150 years!

Rugby Philharmonic ChoirRugby Philharmonic Choir has been proudly performing in the heart of the town since 1867.
Furnished with an eclectic repertoire and a chorus of over 90 voices, the programme for the 2017 season reflects the origins of the choir and its progression over the last 150 years.

Two special concerts are being held this year to mark the occasion. Come and share in this historic event with us and experience the full force of Rugby Philharmonic Choir at its best.

Upcoming Performances:

 ‘1867 and All That’RPC Summer concert 2017_150

Saturday 8th July, 7:30pm,  Temple Speech Rooms, Rugby

Rugby Philharmonic Choir’s 150th anniversary concert will feature music composed during the period surrounding 1867. The choir will sing Faure’s ‘Requiem’, originally performed by the choir in 1974 and considered to be one of the most sublime works in the sacred classical canon. Brahms’ ‘How Lovely are Thy Dwellings’, Verdi’s ‘Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and the ‘Polovtsian Dances’ by Borodin will also feature on the programme.

In stark contrast and to demonstrate the ability of the choir to deliver a varied repertoire, a concert version of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ will be performed in a rousing finale. 

 ‘Christmas Concert’

Saturday 16th December, 7:30pm, Temple Speech Rooms, Rugby

To celebrate the festive period the choir will perform the complete work of Handel’s ‘Messiah’, originally performed by the Rugby Philharmonic in 1871. This Christmas favourite, for singers and audiences alike, has been chosen specifically for this celebratory year. The beauty and dramatic narrative of Handel’s choral masterpiece promises an enjoyable and compelling evening for all.

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Come and Sing  with John Rutter

John Rutter

April 2017

A glorious day was enjoyed by all who attended our ‘Come and Sing’ event. John Rutter is a fabulous talent and entertainer who kept us singing enthusiastically from start to finish.

This sucessful event was organised as part of the  choir’s 150th Anniversary.
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Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30pm at the United Reformed Church, Hilmorton Road, Rugby.
New members are very welcome, contact Mervyn Bethell : 01788  815709 or email :

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