Community Development

Reigate & Redhill Choral Society’s innovative Community Development initiative is under threat following the revelation that the local choir’s 15-year association with Legal & General has come to an end.

The insurance and investment company, one of the biggest employers in the borough, is undergoing fundamental restructuring and recently revealed plans to leave its 50-acre site in Kingswood “potentially much earlier” than 2025, when its lease ends. 

The acclaimed Community Development Programme – the brainchild of Reigate & Redhill Choral Society Director Peter Farrant – now provides an excellent opportunity for a forward-thinking local employer to play a leading part in the RRCS initiative.

“L&G have been long-term sustained supporters of the programme for the last 15 years, which greatly enhanced their commitment to making a positive difference in the community where they have business, and where employees work and live,” explained Farrant.

“A series of ground-breaking schemes aligned with the Company’s strong desire to find new ways to achieve positive impact within a number of key areas including Education & Science, Health & Wellbeing, and Arts & Culture.”

In partnership with organisations including East Surrey Hospital, The Children’s Trust and South East Cancer Help Centre, the RRCS Music & Wellbeing Programme has supported and responded to specific health issues with participants benefitting from significant improvements such as stress relief; posture; breathing; memory; brain function; communication; and more. 

“Working with thousands of students, we have devised and implemented a large number of ground-breaking schemes linked to major live performance opportunities,” added Farrant.

“As a creative ‘hub’, reaching out to all ages and backgrounds, we provide valuable opportunities for communities to participate in and experience a well-established calendar of cultural events including festivals, cross-arts projects, tours and workshops.”

South East Cancer Help Centre is just one of a number of worthwhile organisations to have benefitted recently from the RRCS initiative.  Centre Manager Nina Guha said: “Our Charity provides valuable group support, complementary therapies, and information within a friendly, caring environment.  Therapy sessions, used alongside conventional medical treatment are mainly held at our Centre in Purley and have local NHS recognition.  We work closely with hospitals such as Royal Marsden, St George’s, Croydon University, St Thomas’s and Guys, supporting up to 500 males and females with referrals each year ranging from 18 – 91. 

“The benefits of the Music & Wellbeing programme have proved tremendously successful.  We are keen for our members to continue taking full advantage of the numerous health improvements such a programme has the potential to offer.”

For further information about opportunities to support the RRCS acclaimed Community Development Programme, please email to arrange an initial meeting to discuss a range of exciting proposals.