German Orchestra Visit
Streicherensemble Celle (Celle string Orchestra) visits Shrewsbury to perform concert with Phoenix Singers.
The attractive town of Celle is close to Hanover in Saxony, and the Schloss that dominates the old town was owned by the Electors / Kings of Hanover and was the birthplace of both George 1st and George 2nd of England.
See side panel for details of their Concert in St Alkmunds and the joint Concert with the Phoenix Singers in St Chad's.
You can now buy tickets for October 6th online: www.trybooking.co.uk/CGL
Why Sing with Phoenix?
There are many great choirs in and around Shrewsbury so what makes Phoenix a bit different?
We continue to sing the classical choral repertoire from the 15th century to the present day and to do it really well.
We have a first class conductor, Richard Walker, and choir members have a short informal audition and are expected to read music.
We aim for a high standard of performance which will encourage our audiences to bring their friends and families and spread the joy of hearing beautiful and satisfying music, well performed in inspiring surroundings.
We wish to support local musicians and music teachers and it is this group who make up our Phoenix Orchestra.
We want to support new young composers and we have run two Composition Competitions. The entrants were drawn from all over the world. Our first winner Owain Park has gone on to compose professionally.
We like to employ local young soloists and final year students from the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Phoenix is more than just a choir. We have social events, form friendships and support each other, sharing our love of music.
Why sing in a choir?
Singing has been found to lower your stress levels and relax your muscles.
Give it a try! Go to Contact page for our contact details and facebook and twitter feeds.
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.