Area Chamber Choir celebrates ten years

The Area Chamber Choir celebrates ten years

 

After an “advanced singing” module at an area convention in October 2007, we were asked if any of us would be interested in forming a choir to take good choral music to churches in the diocese and sing occasionally at the cathedral. A number of us signed up and on 11th February 2008 we sang our first service, Choral Evensong at St Albans Cathedral, as the RSCM St Albans, Herts & Beds Area Chamber Choir.

 

Over the years a core of founder members have welcomed keen newcomers and have sung at several churches and annually three or four times at the cathedral. We sang our tenth anniversary evensong at the cathedral on February 10th 2018. The line-up included several founder members.

Throughout all this time we have been ably directed by Christopher Muhley, who has made every rehearsal fun as well as teasing our best singing out of us.

We have lost several of our regular members during the last ten years, some have moved away and, sadly, three have moved on to the celestial choir.

New members are always welcome and should contact us at rscmchoir@yahoo.co.uk

 

February 2008 

 

Christopher Muhley directed, Roger Carter played the organ and Kevin Goss was cantor.

The choir was:

Soprano: Pat Beach, Helen Carter, Judi Cornforth, Sandie Fenech, Gill Heath, Marie Price, Judith Reeve, Brenda Woodman and Christine Barron
Alto: Catherine Barrett, Stella Brooks, Sally Creedy, Brenda Harris, Pamela Shelton-Smith, Susan Sims, Anne Throup, Adela Walster and Kathy Westwood

Tenor: Stuart Brant, Derek Cann and Simon Creedy

Bass: Trevor Boyce, Peter Garner, Peter Hatswell, Andrew Howarth, Colin Innes-Hopkins, Andrew Long and John Wearmouth.

The music was: Byrd responses, Wood in C minor, Bow thine ear, O Lord (Byrd), Be thou my guardian and my guide and Psalm 51.

 

February 2018

 

 

Christopher Muhley directed, Nicholas King played the organ.

The choir was:

Soprano: Helen Carter, Alice O’Driscoll, Susan Sims, Gill Heath, Brigid Brennan, Judith Reeve, Gill Elliott, Julie Goodwyn, Helen McKay, Rosemary Knight, Pat Leggatt

Alto: Stella Brooks, Adela Walster, Catherine Barrett, Ruth Bardou, Kate Muhley, Susan Hare

Tenor: Rus Westmacott, Alex Courtney, David Scriven, Uday Tuladhar, Jeremy Goodwyn , Josh Pollard, Nicholas Hare

Bass: Peter Mackenzie, Kevin Scott, Michael Brooks, Paul Leggatt

 

The music was: Rose responses, Sumsion in G, Like as the hart (Howells), Love divine all loves excelling and Psalm 27 and 150.