Rehearsals are in full swing in a Devon town to celebrate a special milestone.
The society continued to hold concerts throughout WWII
Sidmouth Choral Society is preparing for a concert on 1 April to mark its 150th anniversary.
Founded in 1856 during the reign of Queen Victoria, the society is believed to be one of the oldest in Devon and possibly the country.
The choral group, made up of about 80 members, will be joined by a 30-piece orchestra for a Celebration Concert of British Music.
The anniversary concert at Sidmouth Methodist Church has been dedicated to the Queen, who will celebrate her 80th birthday in April.
The programme will begin with the Royal Birthday Ode, written by Henry Purcell for Queen Mary in 1694. Music by Handel, Stamford and Elgar will also be performed.
Peter Clarke, the conductor and director of music, believes there is a simple explanation for the society's longevity.
"Sidmouth is such a delightful seaside town and there's a lot of love for music here," he said.
"We started as the Crimean War was just finishing and, although there was a break in concerts during the 1914-18 war, the rehearsals continued.
"We carried on singing all the way through WWII and have sung ever since."
The society began rehearsals for the concert in January
Some members joined the group more than 50 years ago.
Frances Spence first joined the society in 1945 and Valerie French five years later in 1950.
Both say it is the friendly company and music which brings them back year after year.
Rehearsals for the concert began in January, but Mrs French still expects to feel nervous on the night.
"You need the nerves to get the adrenalin going and hit those notes," she said.
The concert at Sidmouth Methodist Church starts at 1930 BST on Saturday 1 April.