Next Concert - Bach's B minor Mass
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Saturday 3rd March 2018
Come and hear Bach's great B minor Mass, written in 1748-9 towards the end of his life and the only full setting he made of the 'Ordinary Mass". It features wonderful choruses, arias with obligati and uplifting harmonies. This time we are performing in the beautiful Victorian 'Arts and Crafts' Holy Trinity Church, in Meole Brace, where there are good facilities and car parking, and which has lovely stained glass windows by Morris and Company.
Gemma King - Soprano
Conductor Richard Walker
You can now buy tickets for Saturday 3rd March online: www.trybooking.co.uk/CGL
Dates for your Diary 2018
Saturday 3rd March 2018 - J S Bach - B minor Mass
Saturday 9th June 2018 - A Summer Concert
Saturday 1st December 2018 - Charpentier and other works
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.