Marvellous Messiah



The Phoenix Singers gave a very successful performance of Handel's Messiah on July 30th at Concord College with the Phoenix Orchestra, leader Paul Bramwell. This was the opening concert of the 50th Church Stretton Festival and it was attended by the High Sheriff, who tweeted,

On stage@ Phoenix Singers@ StrettonFest last night raising the roof. Hairs are still standing up on back of my neck!

Also attending were a former German teacher and her friend from Brittany. They wrote:

We really enjoyed your concert, it was a perfect evening. Thank you Phoenix, great soloists and orchestra! Wonderful performance. It was the highlight of Christine's week with us. We loved the venus - great acoustic and comfortable seats with uninterrupted view of the stage... Best Messiah ever.

Thank you to all the performers and organisers who made this concert possible.

Next Concert - Saturday 26th November 2016 St Chad's Church Shrewsbury.


Haydn's Theresa Mass
Haydn composed this work in 1799 and it was first performed on the name day of Maria Josepha Hermangild, wife of his employer Nikolas Esterhazy. It was performed in the court chapel in Vienna in 1800 and probably earned its title in reference to Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. It is lively and interesting music and includes a wonderful fugue.

Purcell's My Heart is Inditing was written as a Coronation Anthem in 1685 and is a complex piece in 8 parts with unusual rhythmic variations, eg Scotch snaps.


Benjamin Britten - Hymn to St Cecilia is a lovely setting of words by WH Auden for unaccompanied choir.

Come and hear us!




Next Concert Date
Forthcoming Events

Saturday 26th November

Haydn - Theresa Mass
Purcell -My Heart is Inditing
Britten - Hymn to St Cecilia
Haydn - Insanae et Vanae Curae

Natalie Clifton-Griffith
Imogen Garner
Ian Yemm - Tenor
Richard Moore - Bass

Phoenix Orchestra
Leader - Paul Bramwell

Conductor Richard Walker
St Chad's Church 7.30pm

Tickets £12,
under 18's free
From Write Here, 10 High Street, 01743 245950 or
Bob Millington 01939 291467, Choir Members, or on the door.

Click here to see poster

Saturday 17th December
11-12 noon we are singing carols in the Indoor Market Hall



Saturday 25th March 2017

Britten - Rejoice in the Lamb
Brahms - Liebeslieder
Chilcott - Songs and Cries of London Town, With Prestfelde School Chamber Choir, chorus master Jeremy Lund
Flor Peeters - Missa Festiva

Conductor - Richard Walker

St Chad's Church 7.30pm

Saturday 29th April
Singalong Choir Day
Mozart Requiem
Chirbury Church
All Welcome
£15 includes music and a superb home cooked Phoenix buffet tea.
For more info see News page.

Friday 6th October 2017
Mozart - Requiem
Handel - Dixit Dominus
Conductor Richard Walker

Streicherensemble Celle
Leader Dorothee Knauer

St Chad's Church 7.30pm

Our Conductor - Richard Walker

In January 2012 Richard Walker was appointed as principal Conductor of the Phoenix Singers. His career has been in teaching, first in Scotland at The Edinburgh Academy and then as Director of Music at Daniel Stewart's and Melville College, Edinburgh. During this time he was assistant Organist at St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh and later Organist at St John's Princes Street Edinburgh. He moved back to England in 1980 firstly to be Director of music at the Leys School Cambridge and then at Harrow School for 20 years. It was at Harrow that Richard gained most of his conducting experience with the Chapel Choir, Cathedral Evensongs and Choral Society concerts with professional orchestras.

Richard is currently Assistant Director of Music at St Chad's Shrewsbury  where he accompanies most of the major services, gives organ recitals and organises the Friday Lunchtime Concerts. In July 2016 he conducted the Phoenix Singers in Handel's Messiah as the opening concert of the 50th Church Stretton Music Festival. 
Under Richard's baton the Phoenix Singers have performed Bach's St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Britten's St Nicholas, Durufle's Requiem, Langlais' Messe Solenelle, Handel's Four Coronation Anthems together with Bach cantatas and motets and other smaller works.




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