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Ed Jones became the Society's Musical Director in September 2011. At the same time he left his teaching post in the music department at Reed's School, Cobham, to become Assistant Director of Music and Head of Academic Music at Christ's Hospital School, Horsham. His background includes a period as a chorister at St John's College, Cambridge, before going on to complete his schooling at Eton College. From Eton he gained an Academical Clerkship at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Since graduating, Ed has combined his teaching in schools with a freelance singing career. He has worked for various London church choirs and also with Philharmonia Voices, MM Voices, Tenebrae and Ludus Baroque. In addition, he has appeared as a soloist in Beethoven's Choral Symphony, Bach's Johannes Passion, Duruflé's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah and Jephtha as well as Elgar's Coronation Ode and Bach's Mathäus Passion in Llandaff Cathedral.

Ed Jones

Olivia Lynch was elected as Chairman of Claygate Choral Society in 2013. Having always loved being in a choir at school, particularly the experience of singing in large scale works, she was very happy to join the choir in 2008. As well as greatly enjoying the singing and performances, she is contributing significantly to the running of the choir, managing to fit this in with a busy schedule as a doctor and mother of three young children.


Patrick McLachlan took over as Treasurer in June 2017. He moved to Claygate from Wandsworth in 2009 with his wife Sue and daughter Anna who are both members of the Choral Society. Patrick has no aspirations to join the Society in a choral capacity (best not), but is happy to look after the accounts and sell tickets as one of the front of house team on concert days. He has recently retired from a career in insurance in the City of London so is well suited to this role. The family all enjoy Claygate and its music and walking their dog Holly who arrived at the door one day and decided to move in!  



Monica Bennett is the Secretary of Claygate Choral Society. After several years living abroad Monica moved to Claygate in 2012 and has been a member of the Society since arriving in the village. She always loved singing in the choir at school led by an inspirational music teacher who instilled a love of choral works. Monica finds the rehearsals are a welcome, relaxing end to a busy week working at the National Gallery and has really enjoyed getting to know the other choir members.