Community News – Royston Choral Society – Singing Brings a New Beginning

The celebration of Royston Choral Society’s 50th season continues with a performance of Verdi’s Requiem on Sunday 13th April, 7.30pm at St John’s Parish Church. First performed almost exactly 150 years ago (on 22nd May, 1874) the piece is widely regarded as a musical masterpiece.

It will be a special occasion for singers, soloists and members of the orchestra but for one person, Lizzy Franks, it will be extra special – a return to the choir after 22 years. University studies and career development explain the long break, also ill health. Lizzy acknowledges that, along with an improved work-life balance, music has played its part in her now improved health. “I’ve got more energy – I’m getting my life back. I’ve realised that singing in the choir and full rehearsals are do-able. Singing has really helped.”

Lizzy Franks

Speaking more generally about the health benefits of singing, Lizzy is a passionate advocate. “Whether it’s singing in the shower, in the car, or a choir, it can massively lift your mood. Singing is good for the soul – it’s fun, a challenge and, if you don’t know a piece well, it’s extra rewarding when it all comes together.”

Asked about singing in front of a large audience for the first time in so many years, Lizzy says she’s really excited about the concert. “I don’t feel scared because I know it’s not all about me! If there are bits where I’m less confident, I can just sing a bit quieter, and other choir members are very supportive.”

She encourages people to come to the Verdi concert. “Even if you’re not into classical music, it’s a spectacular piece. I’m always amazed how many people are pleasantly surprised after being ‘dragged along’ to concerts by choir members!”

Tickets for the concert can be purchased online at, by phone 01920 822723, and if available, at the door.