The Society was formed in 1948 by Miss Elma Russell, who had conducted the Village Choir and the Ingatestone Women’s Institute Choir during the war years. She was keen to set up a local SATB ChoralSociety. Their first conductor was Mr. Arthur Davis from Chelmsford. He was quickly succeeded byMrs. Dorothy Bayman, who rehearsed the choir in her house, Tor Bryan, in Ingatestone. She alsoconducted the Shenfield Choral Society (now Hutton & Shenfield) and the two Choirs gave severalcombined concerts. The first performance was a complete work of Merrie England in May 1949.Over the years the Choir has had a few ups and downs particularly when competing in the Essex Music Association Festivals each May, hovering between Divisions 1 & 2 until competition gave way toco-operation in combined performances of major works too large for just a small choir.ICS has frequently co-operated with Billericay Choral Society and Brentwood Choral Society choirs,holding concerts in Brentwood Cathedral on a regular basis.In December, the Choir holds its own Christmas Concert in Ingatestone either in the Parish Church or the United Reformed Church. On our 50th Anniversary year we revived the performance ofMerrie England. A booklet has been published commemorating the first fifty years of the Society and has been updated to include our 60th Anniversary which was celebrated on 28th June 2008 inMountnessing Village Hall.Our present Conductor Bruce Pennick took over the baton in 1969 and has been keeping us on the straight and narrow ever since apart from five years during which he joined the tenor section under the conductorship of Martyn Heald.