History

The Rogate Choral Society was formed in 1908 when, among other events, it performed in the Petersfield Musical Festival (founded just seven years earlier) works by Handel, Beethoven, Parry, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams. The last of these was crucial, since Vaughan Williams was one of the judges. He awarded Rogate Choral Society a special prize for its rendering of Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus – the 1908 test piece. It resonates that 107 years later the Choir sang Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region in the 2015 Festival.

Ticket prices were in 1909 from six pence upwards with special trains laid on for the Festival from Portsmouth and Haslemere.