AFTER nearly half a century of holding the baton Gwyn Arch is retiring as musical director of South Chiltern Choral Society.
Gwyn has announced that this spring and summer’s concerts will be his last. His decision came as a shock to members of the society.
The society’s chairman, David Cottam, said: “Gwyn has always said that he wanted to retire while he was still at the top of his game. I know everyone will agree with me that he is doing just that. We have sung marvellous music over the past years and there is some more great music to come in our last two concerts with him. We will savour every second of our rehearsals.
“Gwyn has been not just an indefatigable conductor, but an innovative, challenging and inspirational leader and friend.”
The last two concerts that he will conduct are The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins on Saturday, April 5 and Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo by Michael Flanders and Joseph Horovitz on Saturday, July 5. Both concerts are at the concert hall in Blagrave Street, Reading, and start at 7.30pm. The July concert will also feature the Reading Male Voice Choir.