Saturday, 16 December 2017

New conductor takes up baton

THE South Chiltern Choral Society has appointed a new musical director/conductor following the retirement of Gwyn Arch.

He is Paul Burke, whose music has been performed in cathedrals and churches across the UK, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Channel 4, and Classic FM.Paul, who was born in London, studied with Robert Saxton at Worcester College, Oxford, and with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music.

Work for choirs has been a significant part of Paul’s output. Highlights include Tribus Miraculis, which was premiered by Salisbury Cathedral Choir and featured in Choir & Organ magazine and Fare Thee Well, which appears on a critically acclaimed Naxos disc of folksong arrangements.

Members of the South Chiltern Choral Society will start rehearsing with Paul this month. However, there will be an open evening at Chiltern Edge School, Sonning Common at 7.30pm on Monday, September 15. People interested in joining the South Chiltern Choral Society are welcome to attend the open evening and give singing a try.

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