The Wendlebury Community Choir is a recent initiative in the village with the very simple aim of bringing people together who enjoy singing! The choir is all-inclusive regardless of singing experience, and the ability to read music is not expected. We perform music of various styles and levels of difficulty, including folk songs, show tunes, classical pieces, and Christmas music. There is plenty to engage those who have never sung before, as well as a bit to stretch those who are more experienced.
Although the choir has no religious affiliation, we choose to meet weekly in St Giles parish church in Wendlebury, making the most of its beautiful surroundings and acoustics. St Giles is a wonderful building and a true asset to our community!
We are very fortunate in having Mark Burden as our musical director. Mark describes himself as a university researcher by day and a musician by night! He joins us after a stint as musical director of Cosham Community Choir in Portsmouth and deputy musical director at Stage One Youth Theatre. As a pianist and keyboard player he has performed around 30 different musicals at venues in southern England, ranging from Carousel to Sunset Boulevard. He also performs regularly as a classical pianist and accompanist.
Our Spring concerts were held in St Giles on 20 and 21 May, 2017 and were a wonderful success! The programme offered a variety of music styles and the audience enjoyed songs from a selection of Negro spirituals, to some sea shanties, a Simon and Garfunkel classic and a Bach chorale. The audience was also ‘visibly moved’ by a medley of songs from Les Miserables, featuring solo performances by Emma Bryden, Amanda Davies, Beth Dodson-Wells and Jayne Nash. The programme featured a poetry recital by Jane Burrett, Mark Burden amazed all with his piano recital of Jeau d’eau (Fountains) by Maurice Ravel and the choir would like to thank Katy Hobbs for her violin performance of Fritz Kreisler’s Rondino.
All profits raised by these concerts were donated to Clearly Speaking – a local specialist children and family support service and Wendlebury Community Choir were thrilled to be able to donate £1020 to this worthy cause!
Please do enjoy these photos of what was a truly lovely Spring event!
We are just about to start our third season of rehearsals! Our Rehearsals take place every Monday evening in St Giles from 20:00-21:15 and all are welcome! We are very lucky in having Julian Cordy ‘tickle the ivories’ and accompany us along the way. This term subscription is £35 for rehearsals until our Christmas concerts scheduled for Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December, 2017. Any profits raised will help fund local projects or organisations.
If you would like further information about the choir please contact Catie Williams (email@example.com), or support us by coming along to one of our concerts.
WCC would like to acknowledge Amanda Deadman Photography for the lovely photos pictured here. http://www.amandadeadmanphotography.co.uk/