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
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!
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.