St Martin's Church Choir

The Choir of St Martin’s Church has a long history of excellence in choral music performance under the direction of a succession of high profile choir trainers such as Dr William Cole (1930 – 1954), Martin Ellis (1986-2014) and Matthew Beetschen (2014-2015).

Many choir members sing with other choirs such as the Dorking Camerata, the Goldsmith’s Choral Union and the Bach Choir. Several former junior choristers have entered the musical profession.

The Choir regularly sings Services in Cathedrals such as St Paul’s, Southwark, Salisbury and Guildford.

O clap your hands, all ye people

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Music @ Midday Recitals

3 March 2018


Fumi Otsuki violin and 

Alessandro Viale - Piano

Playing pieces including Vaughan Williams, Finzi and Elgar

7 April 2018

Classical Folk 

The voice and flute of Sylvia Akagi, the violin of Andrew Wickens (Philharmonia Orchestra), the guitar of Peter Golden.

5 May 2018

Martin Ellis - Organ

Return visit of the President of the William Cole Trust

2 June 2018

Constance Leung piano

Born in Hong Kong and moved to UK in 2009. She has been awarded the “Most Promising Pianist” at the Godalming Music Festival the year after and hailed as the “Talented Pianist” on Eastern Daily Press in 2017.

7 July 2018

Vaughan Williams Anniversary Celebrations

12 noon: Dan Collins – Countertenor from “The 16” singing selection of Vaughan Williams songs

7.30:  Martineau Singers concert at St. Martins Dorking in evening, featuring Dan Collins

1 September 2018

Buck Brass Trio

Return performance

William Cole Music Trust

The trust and its work

The William Cole Church Music Trust, which received its charitable status in 2007, is seeking to appoint new Choral Scholars at St Martin’s Church, Dorking. It is hoped applicants will be in Sixth Form education, however The Trust may also consider other applicants. 

What is in it for me?

Being a member of the friendly St Martin’s Choir Team which tackles a varied and demanding repertoire, you would gain confidence and improve your sight reading and musical learning skills.

Mentored by Kathryn Leeke, former Director of Music of University College Oxford, this scholarship would prepare you for a similar award at Further Education level.

You would have access to financial support (and advice if required) on individual lessons, workshops, courses, open days and other training.

What is required from me?

We acknowledge that young people need to be allowed a degree of flexibility in their commitments. However as a general pattern you will be expected to attend Friday evening choir practices, most Sundays including choral evensong on the first Sunday of the month and some important Festivals in the Church Year. There are no duties at all during the summer from mid-July until September. 

In your interview, we would like you to sing a prepared piece of your choice. You will then be given sight reading and aural tests. Finally you will have an informal chat with the panel, which will include members of the Trust and the Clergy.

Your parents will be asked to sign a contract with the Trust and there will be a review held in the summer. The Church would require your parents to sign a form of consent in line with our Child Protection Policy. Trusts are not allowed to publish the amount of an award but you would receive a financial incentive which you would be encouraged to put towards your musical development.

Very important!

St Martin’s Church Dorking is an ecumenical community of Anglicans and Methodists who embrace all in the wider community.  Applicants do not have to be baptised or confirmed in any denomination of the Christian Church or similarly in any other Faith community.  All that is required is a personal passion for singing which can be an inspiration to others. This scholarship is non residential.


If you are interested in a Choral Scholarship at St Martin's Church, please complete the form below:

For any further information, please contact:

The Secretary

The William Cole Church Music Trust

Thetford Lodge

Westcott Road