About Us

A bit about us:

Stowmarket Chorale, formed in 1901, is an ambitious choir which rehearses in Combs, near Stowmarket, on Wednesday evenings between September and July; we usually give three concerts a year. We are currently meeting by Zoom on the same evening for singing and social meetings. Anyone who wishes to join us for free for this term should contact our membership secretary by clicking on ‘How to join’ above.

Director of Music:

We have enjoyed getting to know our newly appointed music director Benedict Collins Rice a little better over the summer.  Even in the imperfect conditions of the Zoom videoconference rehearsals which have replaced our weekly in-person practice nights, Benedict’s musicianship and good humour have shone out. He even ventured a naughty joke recently, so he must be feeling at home! Readers may like to read something of Benedict’s CV. He read music at Cambridge University, where he held two conducting scholarships. He is the founder of the 20th century chamber group the Façade Ensemble. He runs the choral conducting programme at Morley College, where he is also Lecturer and Choir Tutor. He holds conducting posts with the Cambridge University Graduate Orchestra, St Dominics Haverstock Hill, and Moving Chamber Choir. He was for several years Director of Choral Music at Tonbridge Grammar School and now teaches at the London Youth Conservatoire

Assistant Music Director:

William joined Stowmarket Chorale as Accompanist in 2014. He is also Assistant Director of Music at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, Assistant Music Director with Ipswich Chamber Choir and a busy freelance accompanist. As an organist, William has performed live on BBC Radio 3, appeared on BBC 1’s Songs of Praise, and has toured extensively to the USA and Europe with numerous choirs. He has previously held posts at Rochester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey.


We are delighted to have Terry Waite as our President: he has attended a number of our concerts and we look forward to a long and warm relationship with him, together with our two supportive Vice Presidents, Graham Bishop-Hunt and Dorothy Fisher.

What’s next:    

Unfortunately our March concert of Faure Requiem has been postponed due to the coronavirus. We hope to include it as part of a future concert.


Stowmarket Chorale has received a grant from Stowmarket Town Council to help fund its activities. For more information, see https://stowmarkettowncouncil.gov.uk/stowmarket-town-council-award-over-10000-in-grants/