On Saturday 30th July the Phoenix Singers will perform Handel's Messiah as the Opening Concert for the Church Stretton Festival. They will be accompanied by the Phoenix Orchestra led by Paul Bramwell and comprising leading players from the area. Concord College is a lovely venue in the heart of the Shropshire countryside in the village of Acton Burnell and the modern theatre/concert hall with raked seating supplies a hall that is acoustically fine and comfortable for the listener.The Phoenix Singers have recently sung a concert of Dvorak and 20th and 21st century music. To see a review go to the NEWS page on this website.
Tony and Averil Newell with Kristen Halstead, who won our 2015 Composition Competition with her piece entitled 'Dans L'azur'.
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. He is responsible for the music of the Church Stretton Arts Festival and in July 2016 he will conduct the Phoenix Singers in Handel's Messiah as the opening concert of the festival.