Music for all

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'.


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Forthcoming Events
2016 - 17

Saturday 30th July


Jessica Wise - Soprano
Oliver Gerrish - Alto
Ashley Turnell - Tenor
Themba Mvula - Bass

Conductor Richard Walker
Phoenix Orchestra
Leader Paul Bramwell

Concord College


This is the Opening Concert of the Church Stretton Festival




Saturday 26th November

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

Conductor Richard Walker
St Chad's Church 7.30pm

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

Friday 6th October 2017

Mozart - Requiem
Handel - Dixit Dominus
Conductor Richard Walker

Streicherensemble Celle
Leader Dorothee Knauer

St Chad's Church 7.30pm

Joint Chairpersons, Tony and Averil Newell with Sue Pearson, Secretary, (on left), in Ahlden, Germany.
Tony and Averil Newell are our joint chairs. They are working hard with the committee and members to make our 50th Anniversary Year a success, with two major concerts, a Come and Sing Day and a big party. Tony organised our very successful visit to Germany in October 2014.

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. 
Under Richard's baton the Phoenix Singers have performed Bach's St John Passion, 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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