German Orchestra Visit


Phoenix at Concord

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.
The Celle String Orchestra was founded in 1980 by Dorothee Knauer who is both director and leader. The ensemble is formed by enthusiasts and interested instrumentalists, all of them also playing in different formations like string quartets. Chamber music is very much at the heart of the music making of the ensemble.
In the early years the orchestra focused on music for strings only, with a specific interest in music from the first half of the 20th century. The repertoire then broadened by teaming up with choirs, allowing work also on masses, cantatas and oratorios like The Messiah. Thanks to a Phoenix member who became a Violin teacher in the British Army with a posting to Celle, a special relationship developed 21 years ago of cooperation with the Phoenix Singers of Shrewsbury and joint performances of Bach’s B-minor Mass (2005), his St John Passion (2012), several Haydn and Schubert Masses and large scale choral works by Buxtehude, Purcell, Vivaldi and Blow – performed in either Celle or Shrewsbury. In addition, the orchestra and choir joined forces in 2008 to perform at the French Music Festival at Les Bauges in Savoy.
The busy schedule of this Orchestra in and around Celle is complemented by performances at official cultural events of the town. For some years now they have further broadened their repertoire by working with wind players for classic symphonic projects. A major focus has always been to nurture young musicians.

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.
A good orchestra enhances the audience's pleasure and lifts the spirits and standard of the choir.

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.
Singing improves your mental alertness because the deep breathing sends more oxygen to the brain and exercises your heart and circulation.
Singing increases well being and confidence

Give it a try! Go to Contact page for our contact details and facebook and twitter feeds.














Next Concert Date
Forthcoming Events

Friday 6th October 2017

Mozart - Requiem
Handel - Dixit Dominus
Conductor Richard Walker

Streicherensemble Celle
(Nr Hannover Germany)

Leader Dorothee Knauer

Sarah Westwood - Soprano
Imogen Garner - Alto
Tim Kennedy - Tenor
Richard Moore - Bass
St Chad's Church 7.30pm

Tickets £12, Children free
from ‘Write Here’ 10 High St.
01743 245950
or M.Forrester 01743 240831,
Choir Members, or on the door

Celle String Orchestra will
also give a concert on Tuesday 3rd October
7.30pm St Alkmunds Church
Respighi, Teleman and Stravinsky
Admission Free

See opposite page to read about this excellent orchestra who have a long association with the Phoenix Singers.

Thursday 7th December

A Christmas Celebration
Christmas Music and Readings
Leaton Church 8pm

Saturday 3rd March 2018

JS Bach - B minor mass

Phoenix Orchestra

Conductor - Richard Walker

7.30pm Holy Trinity Church, Meole Brace

For your diary

Saturday 1st December
St Chad's Church
Programme TBA

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