Sandwich and District Choral Society was formed in 1898 and flourished during the first two decades of the Twentieth Century. The Society gave many performances in the Sandwich area at this time. The Society was re-established in the 1950s by its Chairman Charles Luckhurst. Conductors have included David Griffiths, David Warwick, Geoffrey Beadle, Michael Pegg, James Gillespie, and Julian Sampson. Highlights have included Sir Peter Pears singing in Britten's St Nicolas and Richard Baker as the narrator’s part in Honegger's King David. In 2009 the choir was directed by Sir David Willcocks in Handel's Messiah. Patrick Dunn was appointed Musical Director in 2012.