Friday, 12 August 2022

Choirs well-versed to raise charity cash

SEVEN choirs will take part in this year’s Henley Choir Festival.

SEVEN choirs will take part in this year’s Henley Choir Festival.

The event, held to raise funds for Helen & Douglas House, is on January 24 at St Mary’s Church.

The first half of the programme will comprise a choir showcase with all groups taking turns to perform. The combined choirs together with other singers will then be performing the Charpentier Messe de Minuit.

There will also be a series of solo performances on the night.

They include Rebecca Bell who studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Anne Wood, Margaret Lensky and Peter Gellhorn. Rebecca teaches singing at St Andrew’s School, Pangbourne and trains the junior choir at All Saints’ Rotherfield Peppard, where she also occasionally plays the organ.

Jamie Poston was a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, and English choral scholar in residence in Princeton USA. He has sung with the Rudolphus Choir, St George’s Chapel Choir and at the Memorial Service for Diana, Princess of Wales.

Mandy Hall sang with Slough Philharmonic for nine years, currently sings with Maidenhead Operatic Society and has performed solos with The Grimm Players. Over the past six years Mandy has been studying with Marion Olsen and has passed Associated Board Singing Exams, culminating with a distinction in Grade Eight.

Chloe Spencer is currently a member of several choirs, and is one half of Forties swing duo Guy and Doll with her partner, conductor/composer Guy Bunce who perform regularly in concerts and charity fund-raisers.

Ian Westly is an accompanist, singer and conductor and works extensively in the field of choral music. He is organist and choirmaster at St Peter’s, Caversham; conducts the Newbury College Singers and Cantemus of Newbury, and runs and directs his own chamber choir, Erleigh Cantors.

Audiences can join the rehearsal at 4.30pm and the performance at 7pm. Tickets are £5 and are available on the door from 2pm.

For information contact Elizabeth Hodgkin on (01491) 573192 or David Butler on 0118 972 4065.

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