We are trying to find information about the history of the society. If you have any information that you feel could help us, please get in contact with the secretary.
The information we have so far has been found in 'Music won the Cause, 100 years of the LHMF 1905-2005' published by LHMF.
MCS was not one of the original LHMF choirs and there seems to be some confusion about when the society joined the competition. The first conductor to take part is listed in 1908 but the book (above) also says that unsuccessful approaches were made by LHMF to Mickleham to join the competition in 1910 and that Mickleham did sing in 1911.
During the First World War the LHMF seems to have stopped (see the gap in the list of conductors) but we have no information about whether MCS continued singing at that time. We do know that MCS did not sing in LHMF in 1915 but rejoined in 1920. That year, as LHMF reconvened, it was decided fairer not to continue with the pre-war divisions, but to draw lots for which day to compete.
During the Second World War we do know that LHMF continued, but Mickleham did not take part as a choir - some members of MCS joined other choirs.
The dates of conductors relates to the years in which they conducted the MCS in the LHMF
|1908 - 1909|
|Margery Cullen||1920-1939 and 1947-1949|
|A Langmead Robinson||1955|
|Violet Anne Chisman||1956|
|Cecilia Gorfon Clark||1967-1969|
|Charles Humphries||2003 - 2006|
|Juliet Hornby||2006 -|
The LHMF book 'Music won the Cause' gives a list of the divisions that MCS has taken part in:
1908-1909 - Division 1
1910-1915 No information
1916-1919 No competition
1921-1923 - Division 2
1924-1925 - Division 1
1926-1927 - Division 2
1928-1937 - Division 1
1938-1939 - Towns and Advanced Villages
1939-1946 No part in LHMF
1947-1050 - Division 1
1951-1991 - Division 2
1992-1997 - Division 1
1998 - Group A
1999 - Group B
2000-2017 - Division 2
2018 - Green Division
MAIN WORKS FOR LEITH HILL FESTIVAL
2017 Little Organ Mass - Haydn
Benedicite - Andrew Carter
2016 Mass in G - Schubert
Come Ye Sons of Art Away - Purcell
2015 Magnificat in C - Schubert
Spring from The Seasons - Haydn
2014 Petite Messe Solenelle - Rossini
2013 Missa Cellensis - Haydn
The Mission Chorales - George Martin
2012 Gloria - Vivaldi
Sing Unto God - Handel
2017 CELEBRATE Juliet Hornby’s 10 years as Conductor. Fauré Requiem with full orchestra and a selection of the Choir’s favourite pieces
2016 A Concert to Celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday. Music from every decade of the Queen’s life all all with a Royal theme.
2015 A Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza
2014 Broadway!!!! Songs from the Shows!!
2013 An Evening at the Moulin Rouge
2012 Songs That Won the War